Previous Autism Diagnosis
If you have previously had an autism diagnostic assessment:
If you have a previous diagnosis of autism and wish to attend Core Clinical for psychotherapy with our clinical psychologist, we are happy to receive a letter or email detailing your query.
For the remainder of 2019, we are no longer accepting new referrals for psychiatric consultation / treatment. This applies only to our autism service, our ADHD psychiatry service is unaffected. We are saddened by this development and hope we will be in a position to revise this in 2020.
To facilitate a consultation with our psychologist, we will require a copy of your previous diagnostic report. This is in line with Irish Guidelines for practice, as per a recent HSE Review of Irish Autism Services: Report of the Review of the Irish Health Services for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, 2018. This paper states that: 'As well as assisting in the provision of a diagnosis, assessment tools should identify strengths, skills and impairments to inform post-diagnostic needs-based care plans'.
To understand your autism-related needs, we require this report which will contain information from the clinicians, describing your background, autistic difficulties, match these difficulties to the diagnostic criteria (DSM IV/5 or ICD-10) and contain the results of a structured assessment tool (which research has proven can reliably detect autism, of which there are 2, the ADOS and ADI-R).
Many people will have received a copy of this report at the time of diagnostic assessment. If you do not have a copy, we suggest you contact the service who completed your assessment or ask your GP if they have a copy.
This report can be sent in at the same time as your referral letter (by your GP) or you can send it yourself to email@example.com and Margaret, our secretary, will ensure it is linked to your referral information.