|The Support Service for Autism Spectrum Disorder|
|(and related issues)|
DO YOU OR YOUR FAMILY NEED HELP WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER (ASD)?
It may be because...
- You, your child or a family member have been diagnosed with ASD.
- You have had a 'positive' result from a test you have taken online or from a publication.
- You, your child or other family member have difficulties that sound like they may be due to ASD.
Firstly, if you do not yet have a proper diagnosis it is worth knowing that accurate diagnosis of ASD is very difficult because there are other behavioural and social development disorders that can be confused with it, for instance: ADHD, Hypersensitivity, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and so forth.
Medical diagnosis is therefore generally carried out through the NHS using specialised teams. However there is, at present a TWO-YEAR WAITING LIST just for a diagnosis.
There is no 'cure' for ASD as it is not an illness and the NHS offers very little post-diagnostic support.
With or without a proper diagnosis, the only medication you might receive is from your GP to help you to cope with the anxiety and depression that frequently accompanies it. You may also be offered counselling from a private practitioner but nothing more.
Milestones is here to help:
It comes in two main forms:
2) The Advice and Support Service.
1) Pre-diagnostic Assessment (it may not be ASD!).
Our expert Pre-diagnostic Assessment may prevent you from joining a long queue that might lead to nothing. Furthermore, our assessments cover a wider range of developmental and behavioural disorders than just ASD. If ASD is not indicated, the report you receive will tell you if there is another disorder present or if you have ASD together with another disorder (which is very common). This will also help you to gain an insight into what you are dealing with and therefore point you in the direction of what treatment, if any, you should be seeking.
If you already have a medical diagnosis of ASD then you will not require an Assessement unless you believe that you have other disorders that are, as yet, undiagnosed.
To learn more, visit the Pre-diagnostic Assessment Page.
This Service is there to help you live as 'normally' as possible whatever the reasons for your difficulties.
We provide expert information and counselling to help you cope with the day-to-day problems and traumas that you are experiencing whether as a patient or a family and whatever the cause - whether it is ASD or some other disorder.
It is not necessary (but, we must admit, very helpful) to have had a Pre-diagnostic Assessment or an NHS Diagnosis before using these Services.
To learn more, visit the Advice and Support Service Page.
Milestones has something special that makes our service unique and especially able to help you.
The Milestones Unique Speciality
Milestones is run by Francis Valentine Boyle.
Francis was born with Asperger's Syndrome a diagnostic subtype of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
For more information please read the About Autism Spectrum Disorder Page.
Francis is a Fellow and former Director of the National Association of Counsellors, Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists.
He has been a psychotherapist for over 30 years specialising in working with children and young people who have been abused or who have behavioural difficulties or who are vulnerable in other ways. They suffered with every disorder imaginable including ASD. When it was commonly regarded as being very difficult to work with young people with ASD, Francis always wondered why he found it very little problem. His late diagnosis of ASD explained a great deal for him, not just personally but also professionally!
Therefore, although most of the practitioners who work with ASD do not have them and so must work 'objectively', Francis has a unique 'subjective' insight into the Syndrome and what it means in terms of day-to-day living.
More than that, he acts as a role model to both those who have ASD and their families; a living example of the fact that even if you have ASD you can live, like so many others (and some more famous than he) a successful and fulfilled life. Having Autistic Spectrum Disorder is not a 'life sentence'.
© Francis Valentine Boyle 2014