Cheshire Autism Diagnostic Service at The Hope Street Centre
From October 2011, the Cheshire Autism Diagnostic Service will be providing clinics at The Hope Street Centre. The service offers assessment of children and young people who have a suspected autism spectrum disorder.
Autism spectrum disorders include autism and Asperger's syndrome and occur in around 1% of children. The child with an autism spectrum disorder can have problems communicating, playing, and interacting with others. They may also find it difficult to cope with change, or show repetitive behaviours and interests. All of these problems can affect a child’s ability to get on at school, at home, and with other children.
The Cheshire Autism Diagnostic Service is run by Dr Leonard Thornton (consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist) and Mrs Gillian Benson (principal speech and language therapist). Both have experience in the assessment and management of autism spectrum disorders and for over 14 years ran an autism diagnostic service within the NHS.
For further information about the Cheshire Autism Diagnostic Service and to find out how to get in touch, click here.