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Adult Autism Service

The Adult Autism Service provides support to adults (18+) with suspected or diagnosed autism living in Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest.

It is estimated that around one percent of the adult population are autistic. Autism is a lifelong condition that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others. Seen as a developmental condition, characterised by impairments in social interaction, social imagination, and communication. 

Frequently, autistic people see, hear and experience the world in a different way from the majority of the population. 

The social model of disability emphasises the autism is not an illness or disease and cannot be 'cured'. Indeed the idea of a cure is deeply resented by many autistic people. With the right support and accommodations, all can live a fulfilling life. 

We are all different. Some differences are easy to see. Autism can be difficult to see. the film on the right explains why. Take a look.

What we offer

We follow a hub and spoke model of service spread across the NELFT boroughs. If you, or someone you care for, are referred to our services, we can offer:  

  • Assessment and diagnosis, if you are referred to us by your GP.   
  • Support to mental health professionals working with you.  
  • Post-diagnostic support, including psychoeducation, advice regarding employment and benefits support, problem-solving and signposting once our post-diagnostic service commences and liaison with other support agencies, if need be.
  • Pre-diagnostic support for clients who are on our waiting list to signpost for help while waiting for an assessment.

Our Team

The team consists of a multidisciplinary team of professionals, including Psychiatrist, Clinical Psychologists, Assistant Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, and Sensory Integration Specialists who will be involved as per the clients need.


Appointments for autism assessments can occur in multiple sessions, with each session lasting approximately 1-3 hours. An initial appointment will be arranged with you, which is then followed by appointments with your family member (and potentially other health services and external organisations such as employers) to develop a developmental history. Contact by video-call can also be arranged if it is difficult to visit us in person.

An assessment consists of:

  • An interview
  • An observation of communication and interactions skills
  • An analysis of information collected from family

Post assessment

Following the assessment, you will have an appointment with your clinician who will provide formal feedback and a written report and will consider referrals for appropriate post diagnostic intervention and support.


Referrals can be made by GPs (external) and other mental health professionals (internal to NELFT).


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Services you can access for support with or without a diagnosis:

Autistic Inclusive Meets - A service created by autistic people for autistic individuals to get out into the community and socialise in an accepting, inclusive environment with like-minded peers. They provide support and advice to families and individuals and run weekly community groups and hold meet-ups and parties.

Ambitious About Autism - Offering a range of general information, support and advice for autistic people and their families.

Action for Asperger’s - Offering bespoke, autism-specialist counselling and emotional support for autistic adults. No GP referral is necessary, nor is a formal diagnosis necessary to make an appointment. Counselling fees are between £20-£65.

National Autistic Society (NAS) - NAS can provide a valuable source of support to individuals who have received a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder. The NAS helpline can be contacted on 0845 070 4004 (Monday to Friday 10.00 am to 4.00 pm) or by using the enquiry form on their website.

Sycamore Trust UK - The Sycamore Trust UK offers some local services for adults with ASD. They can be visited at their Autism Hub in the Liberty Shopping Centre (Unit H14, Laurie Walk, Romford, Essex RM1 3RT). They can be contacted on 0208 517 9317 or via their website.

Wrong Planet - Visit the Wrong Planet website which is an online community and resource for people with an autistic spectrum condition.

Contact us


Church Elm Lane Medical Practice

169 Church Elm Lane


RM10 9RR 



Telephone: 0300 555 1200 ext: 67960


Opening times: Monday to Friday 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Strategic and Clinical Lead: Dr Saras Saminathan (Consultant Clinical Psychologist)