Autism and related disorders

Brain development – Autism and ADHD

Autism affects the way children and adults interact with their social environment and can impact on all aspects of life. It affects at least 1% of the population. Although the degree to which people are affected varies, it can have a significant impact on education, social development and employability and is therefore one of the most important and costly developmental conditions.

Our clinical work
We provide both local based services and national referral centres, from children and young people to elderly people. Our services are provided both locally (across the London boroughs of Southwark, Lambeth, Lewisham and Croydon) and nationally, with our specialist services accepting referrals from across the UK.

We support people with more complex assessment and intervention issues, such as for people experiencing multiple mental health problems. We provide evidence-based interventions for co-existing conditions such as ADHD, anxiety and behaviours that challenge the care and education of young people with autism.

We also provide the only UK service designed specifically for assessment in prisons.

Our research
Our research teams are world leading and produce more scientific papers in autism than any other institution in the world. Our focuses span from exploring the basic neurobiology underpinning autism using a variety of neuroscience methods, to creating models and understanding the connection between autism and other neurodevelopmental mental health problems.

We also aim to identify clinical risk factors to guide our studies which find, test and implement new interventions to help individuals manage the effects of autism and other common co-occurring conditions.

Find out more
Read more about our research and key publications here.

Our partnership work
Together our teams are internationally renowned for their excellence, using cutting-edge methods to deliver results that can be rapidly applied in our national clinics. Our services benefit from expert clinicians working alongside clinical academics, including experts who have been involved in developing the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines.

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