Introduction to adult ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders)

Mental healthcare

Course information

Upcoming Date: TBC
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Length: 1 Day
Cost: £249.00
Equivalent to 6 CPD hours

About the course

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by pervasive difficulties since early childhood across reciprocal social communication and restricted, repetitive interests and behaviours. ASD is not a single disorder, and it is broadly considered to be a multi-factorial disorder resulting from genetic and non-genetic risk factors and their interaction. Although early research in ASD focused primarily on children, there is increasing recognition that ASD is a lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder that has a potentially detrimental impact on adult functioning.

This one-day course aims to give clinicians a broad understanding of the phenotype and aetiology of ASD, an approach to diagnostic assessment in adult patients, an overview of medical and psychological interventions, and a better understanding of the needs of adults with ASD, including health, aging, service development, transition, treatment options across the lifespan and sex differences.



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Learning Objectives

After completing this course those attending will be able to:

  • Describe the aetiology, epidemiology and risk factors of ASD
  • Identify signs and symptoms of ASD and discus the clinical presentation of ASD in adults
  • Discuss comorbidity
  • Perform a basic clinical assessment and know when/where to refer to specialist services
  • Discuss the long-term impact of ASD in adulthood
  • Discuss the service provision for adults with ADHD
  • Describe principles of management of ASD

Course Information

Target audience

Assistant psychologist, Clinical psychologist, Consultant – psychiatry, CT1-3 – psychiatry, GP, GPVTS, RMN, ST4-7 – psychiatry

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