We offer specialist care for young people with learning disability and/or autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), caring for the full range of co-morbid mental health problems and accompanying challenging behaviours.

Our primary aim is to help to prepare young people with ASD to live and work more effectively at home, school and in the community.

Admission criteria

Girls aged 10-18 on admission who:

  • have a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder often with co morbid conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or learning disability (LD)
  • have mental health problems
  • have a history of developmental trauma
  • pose a significant risk of harming themselves or others
  • require care within a low secure environment.

Treatment and care

Delivered by a full time, on-site multidisciplinary team (MDT), patients will benefit from our therapy programmes, specially adapted for the needs of vulnerable adolescents:

  • psychoeducation - our young people have access to one-to-one and group psychoeducational input to introduce them to their ASD in a supportive and carefully planned way
  • behaviour therapy – including moral reasoning work and aggression management strategies
  • adapted Sex Offender Treatment Group (SOTG) and fire setting strategies
  • self-care groups to promote cleanliness and confidence, including 'Because you’re worth it'  and 'Dapper Man'
  • weight management
  • speech and language therapy
  • education - the service bases its model of care on the TEACCH approach using the principles of structure, predictability, routines and the use of visual information we support young people with ASD to develop new skills and empower them to develop their independence
  • sensory integration.

Next steps

Discharge is considered at admission and our clinical and social work teams work with appropriate case managers to support a transition.

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