About the Hampshire Autism Service

What is Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

ASD is a condition that affects social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour.

The service

The Hampshire Autism Service provides our well established model of diagnosis and support for adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

If you are referred for an autism assessment a Specialist Practitioner will review the details and, if appropriate, add you to the waiting list within two weeks.

You will be sent a letter six weeks before an appointment which will contain several self-completion tests including: AQ; EQ; SCQ; a short sensory profile, and two gathering information tools. These tests will be used by the practitioner during your appointment to make an initial assessment and to produce a diagnostic report which will be discussed with the consultant.

  • AQ: This test helps to measure the extent of autistic traits in adults
  • EQ: This questionnaire helps to measure empathy in adults
  • SCQ: This test provides routine screening for Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

If your diagnosis is clear, an immediate referral is made to our partner, Autism Hampshire, and a copy of your diagnosis report is sent to them. They will offer a follow up appointment within 90 days to discuss your support options. If you decide not to attend this appointment a diagnostic report detailing a range of strategies will be sent to you and any onward referrals will copied to your GP.

If your diagnosis is unclear or complex a multi-disciplinary team will review your assessments and agree on a treatment path or signpost you to other services.

Autism Hampshire provides non-clinical pre and post diagnostic support including:

One-to-one individual support
Support will be based on your individual need and will be offered pre, during, and post diagnosis. It will consist of
developing support plans, goal setting, and signposting.

Post diagnosis support
A post diagnosis follow-up meeting will be offered to allow you the opportunity to discuss your individual support plans. Autism Hampshire will use the diagnosis report and recommendations made by Surrey and Borders Partnership clinicians to discuss the implications of the diagnosis, and the support available.

Drop in sessions
Support, information and networking opportunities are available through regular drop in sessions.

Telephone information line
An information line is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm to offer advice, support and signposting. The number is 02380 766 162.