Our Community Adult Asperger Service (CAAS) offers a wide range of services to people with a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition (Asperger's Syndrome or High Functioning Autism).
We work with people over the age of 18 who don’t have a learning disability, providing a range of person-centred care and support. This can include:
- diagnostic assessment, including second opinions
- group work including post diagnostic, coping skills and sensory groups
- specialist psychological or occupational therapy assessments and interventions
- advice and signposting to other relevant agencies, services and groups
- advice on arranging an assessment of your social care needs, where appropriate
- support to professionals in other teams and agencies to improve their understanding of the condition.
Our experienced team includes clinical psychologists, a consultant psychiatrist, occupational therapists, a specialist nurse therapist, assistant psychologists and team assistants.
If you, or a loved one, need to access this service, please contact your GP. If you, or your loved one, are already under the care of a Community Mental Health Team (CMHT), a diagnosis will be made by a doctor in that team. However, a second opinion may be sought through the CAAS by the relevant CMHT.
Advice and support for relatives/carers is provided by a range of organisations.
For details, contact:
- Autism Wessex
- Dorset Adult Aspergers Support (DAAS)
- The National Autistic Society
- NHS Choices (Living with Autism)