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The Tuke Centre: 4. Autism & ADHD Private Service

telephone – 01904 430370
fax – 01904 424850

How does this service differ from the North Yorkshire NHS Autism & ADHD Assessment Service?

The Autism and ADHD Private Tuke Centre Service is not funded by the NHS. In order to access this service, unlike the North Yorkshire NHS Autism & ADHD Assessment Service, you would need to be able to fund yourself or get funding from another source, such as an insurance company or an employer. This non-NHS service offers more than assessment and diagnosis – it also offers Specialist Psychological Therapy. In addition, we can offer training, consultancy and supervision for Autism and ADHD related work.

If you need a diagnostic assessment for Autism or ADHD but live outside of the North Yorkshire area then you cannot use the North Yorkshire NHS Autism and ADHD Assessment Service. However, if you are in a position where you can pay for a diagnostic assessment or sessions of psychological therapy, whether you are in North Yorkshire or not, you can use our privately funded service at the Tuke Centre.

What is Autism?

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how the individual makes sense of the world around them. It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways. Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support. Asperger syndrome is a form of autism. People with Asperger syndrome are often of average or above average intelligence. They have fewer problems with speech but may still have difficulties with understanding and processing language. Individuals across the spectrum of autism often have difficulties developing, maintaining, and understanding social situations and relationships.

The latest prevalence studies of Autism indicate that 1.1% of the population in the UK may have autism. This means that over 695,000 people in the UK are on the autistic spectrum.

What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a group of behavioural symptoms that include:-

  • Inattentiveness– most people with ADHD will have a short attention span and may be easily distracted.
  • Hyperactivity– there is likely to be some restlessness, fidgeting or overactivity. This can also lead to difficulties in sleeping and increased anxiety.
  • Impulsiveness– people with ADHD may do things without thought for the consequences, without very much reflection and without having a plan.

Some adults will have ADHD without it being diagnosed at a younger age. Those who are diagnosed at a young age are likely to continue to experience problems, though the symptoms might reduce.

What services do we offer?

  • Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Post Diagnostic Support
  • Specialist Psychological Therapy
  • Training
  • Consultancy
  • Supervision

How can you access Autism and ADHD services?

  • In the first instance, if you think that you or a family member has autism or ADHD you should contact us via phone or email and ask to be put in touch with someone to talk about accessing our autism or ADHD services. They can give you advice and information about the steps you need to take to access these services.
  • If you already have a diagnosis of autism or ADHD then make sure you mention this when you contact us so that we can ensure you are signposted to the appropriate clinician.

The Team

Dr Victoria Hughes – Clinical Lead and Psychologist

Dr Katja Osswald – Clinical Psychologist

Catherine Hurley – Occupational Therapist

Lucille Liebenberg – Administrator

Louise Beilby – Administrator

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An Autism Service client says...

I came to the Tuke Centre during a very low period of my life. I had struggled throughout school, struggled with University (dropping out twice), and struggled with employment. Depression, anxiety, and zero self worth meant I was at a crisis point. I didn’t understand why I felt so different to my peers, and why my behaviour and actions generated distrust and disapproval from colleagues and friends.

The Tuke Centre was a life changer for me. I had not considered that I might simply be wired differently to everyone else. The Specialist Autism Service were well equipped to support me through a diagnosis and the subsequent implications. The kind and gentle understanding from the staff alleviated all my concerns, questions, and fears. It is rare to have such a good service on York’s doorstep.

I was diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome (high functioning autism). My mannerisms, the ticks and peculiarities, and even the way I think could all be explained. My problems in social life, in school, and in work were given a much needed context. I felt validated and I now had the self-awareness to try and change my life.

My formal diagnosis has helped me to come to terms with my past, and gave me the knowledge to work towards a better future. I have gone from a bleakness in life, to stability and a valued contributor to society. Thank you to all at The Tuke Centre, for opening my eyes on what a positive experience being diagnosed can be.