Parent experiences of a specialist intervention service for mental health difficulties in children with autistic spectrum disorder
Article first published online: 19 APR 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Child and Adolescent Mental Health © 2012 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Volume 18, Issue 2, pages 109–115, May 2013
How to Cite
Kingston, C., Hibberd, C. and Ozsivadjian, A. (2013), Parent experiences of a specialist intervention service for mental health difficulties in children with autistic spectrum disorder. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 18: 109–115. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-3588.2012.00667.x
- Issue published online: 11 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 19 APR 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 8 MAR 2012
- Autistic spectrum disorder;
- children and families;
- service evaluation;
- specialist intervention;
Mental health problems are increasingly being recognised as a significant health need for people with autism spectrum disorder, but few specialist services are available. This study explored parents’ experiences of a specialist autism spectrum psychological intervention service located within a broader Neurodevelopmental and Social Communication Disorders Team.
Forty-nine parents completed a telephone based survey designed to assess experiences of a specialist intervention service.
High levels of satisfaction were reported. Parents reported aspects of the service that they found most useful.
Most parents reported satisfaction with the service and suggested improvements were used to guide service development.