Referrer Information - Autism
Autism is a lifelong pervasive neurodevelopmental condition with a broad range of expression and severity. The symptoms are:
- Difficulties with social communication (an individual's ability to reciprocally communicate with others)
- Difficulties with social interaction (the ability to develop and maintain relationships)
- Restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behaviour and interests, including difficulty with change
For GPs considering referring to our service
Please complete the following checklist:
- Complete our referral form and AQ10
- What characteristics and behaviours does the individual report which match Autism symptoms?
- Are these issues life long, or has there been a recent onset or change in behaviour?
- Are the characteristics pervasive across all areas of the individual's life?
- How would the process and outcome of this assessment be of benefit to their mental and emotional wellbeing?
- What do the people who know them well think about the idea of being assessed for a possible Autism diagnosis?
Making a referral
In your referral letter please summarise:
- Your reasons for referring
- Evidence for any differences in your patient's social and communicative presentation, as well as any fixed routines, rituals or special interests
- A health record summary
- If the patient brings any written evidence of their concerns consider enclosing this in your referral
- Please include the AQ10
For more information - www.rcgp.org.uk/clinical-and-research/resources/toolkits/asd-toolkit.aspx