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Charlie C

Community Mental Health Team or Community Learning Disability Team?

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Which offers the best ASD diagnosis and whats the criteria for each service? Do you need to go through these channels to get diagnosed and what do both entale from you experiences?

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I got diagnosed through the learning disability team as a child with a paeditrician at my local child development centre. i know someone with autism in our area on the mental health team, and they think autism is mental health problem which it isnt.

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JsMum   

I would ring National Autistic Society to get a definate answer, I know that you probably wouldnt meet both of those in our area, your usually referred to a hospital that specialises in Adults with ASD, but getting funding is near impossible so I invision a lot of Adults in my area undiagnosed but very probably suspected.

 

Our area doenst even have a Childrens Autism diagnostic service anymore, it folded a year ago, I have friends who want their children assessed and cant because the assessments isnt even available, our CAMHS team is for ADHD mostly, and our child psychiatrist walked out three weeks ago so there isnt even a Child Psych at the moment for anyones kid, My son has been waiting for 3 weeks and he is urgent! we did request a referral from our GP to go to a private CAHMS that specialise in Autism but it required a Social workers referral and she has refused.

 

J is absalout limbo for mental health!

 

I would defo ring National Autistic Society or a Clinic that assesses ASD in Adults to get a Definate Answer.

 

JsMumx

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We don't have any adult diagnosis services in our PCT area, so my GP has had to write to the PCT to request funding for out of area services. As it turned out, I ended up going private due to issues at uni.

 

I would second asking the NAS for services in your area, and then take this information to your GP. Good luck x

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i went to GP and was referred to general counselling service from there counsellor referred me to CAMHS ( complex difficulties clinic) to be assessed for developmental disorders i was assessed by clinical pyschologist and learning disability nurse they knew near enough straight away from me and my mum's answers to their questions on finding out my history,past and experiences that it was A.S!!!

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Which offers the best ASD diagnosis and whats the criteria for each service? Do you need to go through these channels to get diagnosed and what do both entale from you experiences?

>:D<<'>

Having trained and worked as a Learning Disability Nurse and Psychiatric Nurse, it does depend upon what catchment health area you in live in. It used to be a case of either side passing the AS person to each team. However, please note ONLY Learning Disability Nurses ( RNMH or RNLD ) are actually trained in the Autistic Areas. Psychiatric Nurses are not trained in that specific diagnosis!!

:whistle: My experience has shown that Autism and AS generally comes falls under the Learning Disability Nursing Team. As during my career, I came into contact with autism and AS then, than did my psychiatric nurse colleagues!!

>:D<<'> POLA xx

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My son has been waiting for 3 weeks and he is urgent! we did request a referral from our GP to go to a private CAHMS that specialise in Autism but it required a Social workers referral and she has refused.

 

:angry: It makes me mad why social workers wont do the job they paid ALOT of money to do!!! Our Social worker is a nightmare, not responding etc, and even waiting for a Community Care Assessment is taking an eternity. I could have done a full report myself in 1 day!!!

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trekster   

It depends on which local authority you are in. i would ask the NAS.

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