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National services

Child and adolescent services

National services

Child and adolescent services

National services

Child and adolescent services

National services

Child and adolescent services

Autism and Related Disorders Service

 Maudsley Hospital

Contact information:
Michael Rutter Centre
De Crespigny Park

Call: 020 3228 2547


Mode: Outpatient

Referrals are accepted from:
Community and Specialist CAMHS, including consultant psychiatrists and mental health professionals and also Paediatric professionals. Although GPs may refer directly to our service, we advise that they seek the support/ involvement of local CAMHS prior to making a referral.

Key areas: autism spectrum disorders (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), hyperkinetic disorder, Tourette’s syndrome, conduct disorder, challenging behaviour, aggression, emotional dysregulation


The Autism and Related Disorders (ARD) Team is a multidisciplinary assessment and intervention service for children and young people up to the age of 18 years old, who present with a neurodevelopmental or mental health conditions. The ARD Team offers second opinions on diagnoses, consultation to families and professionals and developing and implementing care plans for intervention.

Our team puts multi-disciplinary perspectives at the core of all our work.
Our service includes the following disciplines:
  • Child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Clinical psychology
  • Specialist occupational therapy
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Specialist teacher

Our service does not include paediatrics or paediatric neurology. We have close links with other teams within the Trust, King’s Health Partners and the Institute of Psychiatry Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), and have clinical and research expertise at an international level.

Our team specialises in the assessment and treatment of children and young people with ASD and their families. We provide a multidisciplinary approach to understanding presentations of children and young people who may, or may not, have ASD in combination with additional mental health, emotional and behavioural difficulties; and in the context of complex social and family histories and/or genetic, learning or other developmental vulnerabilities.

We provide views on differential and additional diagnoses and management of associated difficulties using a range of multidisciplinary approaches. We bring together information from previous assessments and our own assessments to develop evidence-based working diagnostic formulations and management and care plans with young people and their parents or carers in collaboration with local services.

We provide advice on psychotropic medication use in neuro-developmental or neuro-psychiatric conditions, cognitive and neuropsychology functioning, adapted individual psychological interventions to develop coping strategies and skills in young people with neurodevelopmental conditions, specialist occupational therapy, speech and language assessment and interventions, behavioural interventions with parents or carers and optimising continuity in approaches within the system around the child and specialist educational consultation and advice.

If this was not what you were looking for:
The Autism and Related Disorders Team works closely with the SCAAND service and associated multidisciplinary streams to see young people who have, or might have, neurodevelopmental disorders like autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or intellectual disability with additional mental health or behaviour problems, as well as young people with psychological problems associated with head injury, functional conditions or genetic conditions. Our teams work together and refer between services as necessary.

This page relates to the Autism and Related Disorders Team, which provides a specialist service funded for by local areas (clinical commissioning group (CCG) funded). Alternatively, for details of other CCG funded specialist teams for young people without intellectual disability, please see:

For information on the NHS England funded pathway for young people with intellectual disability at risk of admission to hospital or with complex autism presentations, please see: