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Autism should be considered in the assessment and delivery of mental health services for children and young people

Hanlon, C, Ashworth, E, Moore, DJ, Donaghy, B and Saini, P (2022) Autism should be considered in the assessment and delivery of mental health services for children and young people. Disability and Society. ISSN 0968-7599

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Abstract

Autistic Children and young people (CYP) experience higher rates of mental health problems, including anxiety and depression, than their neurotypical peers. Yet, often mental health assessment and support is lacking for autistic CYP as assessment tools and evidence-based interventions have typically been developed with neurotypical population needs in mind. Following a narrative matters style, this article outlines the lack of recognition given in mental health services towards autistic CYP attempting to access support, highlighting some future priorities in service delivery. Issues relating to health professionals misinterpreting and mis-labelling autistic CYP experiences, the impact that this has upon those attempting to gain mental health support and possible changes that can be implemented at minimal cost both financially and to service delivery design and implementation are highlighted.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1303 Specialist Studies in Education; 1607 Social Work; 1608 Sociology; Rehabilitation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
Divisions: Psychology (new Sep 2019)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2022 08:49
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2022 08:49
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/09687599.2022.2099252
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/17255

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