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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)





What are Autistic Spectrum Disorders?
Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD)are a group of developmental disorders which affect an individual throughout their life. Autistic Spectrum Disorders affect three areas of development i.e. social communication, social interaction and imagination.

ASD can cause a variety of symptoms which will vary in severity for each individual. ASD is known as a spectrum disorder due to the variety of symptoms experienced, which will differ for each individual.

What are the common symptoms of Autistic Spectrum Disorders?
Autistic Spectrum Disorder can cause a range of problems and symptoms in social interaction, imagination and communication. Individuals with ASD can additionally experience difficulties in other areas of development including physical and cognitive difficulties.

Symptoms will differ for each individual and can range from mild to severe. Symptoms will usually appear in the pre-school years, common difficulties include:

  • Difficulty understanding language, emotions and non-literal information.
  • Language delay and / impairment.
  • Physical difficulties including clumsiness and incoordination of movement.
  • Repetitive behaviours
  • Echolalia (repeating phrases or language spoken by others)
  • Routines or repetitive behaviours e.g. repeating actions or following routines obsessively.
  • Difficulty with sensory information including certain textures or sounds.

What treatments are available for individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorders?
Due to the many different symptoms experienced by individuals with ASD, there are many different types of treatment which will be beneficial. Not all treatments will beneficial for all individuals with ASD and treatment will be individualised to their specific needs and abilities.

Treatments which can be beneficial for individuals with ASD include:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Sensory integration therapy

At the ASD Clinic we can provide you with individualised treatment plans which will be tailored to their specific needs and abilities.

What can I expect from treatment?
At the ASD Clinic you can expect to receive assessment and treatment from one of our highly experienced therapists. The type of treatment given will vary depending on the specific needs and abilities of the patient. After an initial enquiry an initial assessment will be carried out to identify the type and severity of the individual's difficulties. The therapist will then discuss an appropriate treatment plan with the individual and set relevant, realistic goals for treatment.


How do I make a referral, do I need to be referred by my GP?
No, you do not need a referral from a GP. Anyone can make a referral. Common referrals we receive include self-referrals, referrals from friends, families and case managers / solicitors. If you would like to make a referral please email

Is there a waiting list?
No, at the ASD Clinic we provide prompt appointments at a time and location to suit your needs. We aim to provide appointments within 48 hours of an initial enquiry.

How long do appointments last?
The length of an appointment will vary for each individual and will depend on the type of appointment they need. Generally,initial assessments last between one to one and a half hours long. Treatment sessions generally last between half an hour and one hour long. Sessions can be longer or shorter and will be tailored to meet the needs and preferences of the patient.

Can I visit the clinic for treatment?
Yes, we have four modern clinics across the North West which you can visit. However, for your convenience we can also visit you in the comfort of your own home. We can additionally carry out assessment and treatment sessions in the educational setting.


Can I use my private medical insurance for treatment?
The ASD Clinic is a recognised provider of therapy by most major insurance companies. If you want to use your medical insurance to pay for treatment, we advise that you check with your insurance company before commencing treatment as some companies may require a GP referral.

How much will I have to pay for treatment?
The charges for each treatment will vary depending on the type of appointment required and also the length of the appointment. To discuss the costs of our services please contact us by emailing

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