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Temporary closure of waiting list for Children’s assessments

22nd October 2020

It is with regret that the Oxford ADHD & Autism Centre is temporarily closing to new enquiries for children’s assessments.  Demand for our high-quality services has been extraordinary in recent months and our waiting times have grown to lengths beyond where we are comfortable.

This was an exceedingly difficult decision to make, but it is in the best interests of all our current patients, staff, and those already waiting to be seen.  We will review the situation in the new year, so please check for updates on our website in January.

If you have already been contacted with a confirmation email to advise that your child has been added to our waiting list, then please be assured that you remain on this list and we will be in touch in due course to offer you an assessment, once your forms have been received and you come to the top of the list.

Please note that we are still open to all existing patients; and can continue to accept new patients for ADHD medication reviews, coaching/mentoring, and all Adult assessments.  This closure applies only to new children’s assessments for ADHD, Autism or combined Neurodevelopmental.

We thank you for your understanding and support and look forward to being able to update you again in the new year.

Covid-19 Update September 2020

In line with the latest UK Government guidance, the clinic is open, having undertaken a risk assessment to comply with the guidance on managing the risk of Covid-19 and staying Covid-19 secure.  We have taken measures to ensure the health and well being of our staff and patients, and to prevent the spread of the virus.

We are limiting the numbers of patients scheduled at any one time for face to face assessments in the clinic.  Limitations on the number of patients we can see in the clinic have led to an increase in our waiting times.  For all children’s assessments the waiting time is approximately 4 months.  For adults, the waiting time is approximately 2-4 weeks for ADHD assessments and 3 months for Autism assessments.

All follow up appointments will continue to be conducted remotely until further notice.

If you are scheduled to visit the clinic for an assessment, please can you contact us as soon as possible if you have been advised to self isolate, or if you/your child have any of the main symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 which include:

  • high temperature
  • new continuous cough (coughing a lot for more than an hour or 3 or more coughing episodes within 24 hours)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

For more information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Meetup Group for Women with Autism

Autistic women’s meetup group – Events are advertised for this group via Facebook. The group has been running since 2017.  Events are based in London, Kent, Surrey, East Sussex, West Sussex, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, the Isle of Wight, Hampshire and Oxfordshire.  If you are an autistic woman (age 18+, either self-diagnosed or formally diagnosed) who might benefit from socialising/meeting some autistic women like yourself then please feel free to visit the group page:

Autism Family Support Oxfordshire (AFSO) are hiring!

⭐  We are HIRING!    

We have the following vacancies:

Activity Coordinator
16 hours per week, Term time only

Saturday Youth Support Worker
Saturday mornings, Wolvercote, Oxford

Youth Group Coordinator
Thursdays 5:30pm – 8:30pm, term time only, Abingdon

Youth Support Worker
Thursdays 5:30pm – 8:30pm, term time only, Abingdon

Casual Support Workers
Flexible casual work available in Summer and Easter school holidays and occasional evening and weekend youth groups

ADVERT VACANCIES – 2020-06

Closing date for all posts: Monday 13th July 2020

Visit our website for details and to apply:
www.afso.org.uk/vacancies

Covid-19 Update June 2020

Having had to temporarily close the clinic to all face to face appointments as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are happy to announce that the Clinic has reopened, albeit in a limited capacity.

In line with the latest UK Government guidance, we have undertaken a risk assessment and comply with the guidance on managing the risk of Covid-19 and staying Covid-19 secure.  We have taken measures to ensure the health and well being of our staff and patients, and to prevent the spread of the virus.

The clinic has reopened on a limited basis to face to face assessments for children’s ADHD.  At this stage, children’s Autism and Neurodevelopmental combined (ADHD and Autism) assessments, are temporarily on hold, as these assessments cannot be safely conducted with the current 2 metre social distancing guidance.  We do however hold a waiting list for all assessments and we are still accepting new additions to the waiting list, so please do get in touch with us if you would like to know more.

Adult assessments for ADHD and Autism, along with all children’s and adult follow up appointments continue to be scheduled and will be conducted remotely until further notice.  Please contact us if you would like to arrange an appointment.

If you are scheduled to visit the clinic for a children’s ADHD assessment please can you contact us as soon as possible if:

– You/your child have any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 (high temperature, continuous cough, muscle pain, difficulty breathing, a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste)
– You/your child or a close member of your family have any serious underlying health conditions

For more information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Oxford Brookes University research study – sleep difficulties and autism

Do you have a child aged 8 – 12? Are you interested in your child’s sleep habits? Would you be willing to participate in important research about children’s sleep related problems and their thoughts about sleep?

Psychology Study: Sleep-related problems and beliefs, attitudes and concerns about sleep in children with and without autism spectrum conditions (ASC).

I am currently completing an MSc in Psychology at Oxford Brookes University and am looking to recruit parents/carers with children aged 8 – 12 (both with and without autism spectrum conditions) (ASC) as participants for my research project. My project is about sleep related problems and beliefs, attitudes and concerns about sleep in  children. Many children experience sleep related problems but this number is even greater amongst children with autism spectrum conditions.  To participate, you (the parent) would need to complete an online questionnaire including some general details about you and your child and your child’s sleep habits, behaviours and thoughts about sleep.  I am interested in hearing from you whether or not your child has difficulties with sleep. Click on the link to find out more and/or to participate: https://brookeshls.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bxVtXUiN2MY6jVX

If you would like further details, please contact Julie Bennett (MSc Researcher, Oxford Brookes University)

Email: 18039339@brookes.ac.uk

Many thanks,

Julie Bennett

Publication of BMC Medicine Paper May 2020

BMC Medicine have published a paper on “Guidance for identification and treatment of individuals with attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder based upon expert consensus”.

Authors of the paper include Dr Polly Branney – Clinical Director of Oxford ADHD & Autism Centre, Professor Peter Hill – Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Jack Hollingdale – Clinical Psychologist, and Emma Woodhouse – Neurodevelopmental Specialist.

You can read the publication using the link below.

ADHD+ASD consensus, 2020

Covid-19 Update

In view of the recent advice regarding Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we are taking measures to ensure the health and wellbeing of our staff and patients. Please note that the clinic will be operating as usual and we are not cancelling appointments, but are trying to take reasonable and measured steps to prevent the spread of the virus. In accordance with UK guidance, please can you let us know as soon as possible if you are due to visit the clinic and:

– You/your child have any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 (fever, cough, muscle pain, difficulty breathing) Please note that the latest guidance says that anyone who has a persistent cough or high temperature must stay at home for seven days
– You/your child or a close member of your family have any serious underlying health conditions
– You/your child have travelled to any of the category 1 or category 2 level countries. For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Seminar: Understanding ADHD Through Interdisciplinary Practice, 2/11/2018

We are delighted to be hosting a seminar on understanding ADHD through interdisciplinary practice, which is taking place on Friday 2 November 2018, at Holiday Inn, Oxford.  Our guest speakers include:

Professor Peter Hill, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

Fintan O’Regan, Behaviour Management Consultant

Chantal Karatas, Specialist Teacher/Assessor & University SEN, Teacher Training Lecturer

Dr Jack Hollingdale, Clinical Psychologist

Dr Tanya McGregor, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Oxford ADHD & Autism Centre

Understanding ADHD Through Interdisciplinary Practice Seminar

Mini-documentary: “Shine a light – understanding ADHD”

We would like to share a very interesting documentary on ADHD by Jeanette Mostert

Shine A Light
Understanding ADHD
by Jeanette Mostert

On the last day of the international ADHD Awareness Month, we are releasing a mini-documentary about ADHD. The hope is that this video will help young people and adults diagnosed with ADHD, or who suspect they have ADHD, as well as their family and friends, to understand the condition better.

“I feel like a universe, stuffed within a shoebox” – this is how Bryn Travers describes what it’s like to have Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). In this short film we have asked people with ADHD and their relatives about living with ADHD: what are the challenges and what are the things they like about ADHD? We have also asked clinicians and researchers working with ADHD to explain more about the origins of the disorder, what they have learnt from their experience working with patients, but also what are the main questions that research is trying to answer about ADHD.

Many children, adolescents and adults suffer from ADHD. ADHD is a complex disorder that affects people differently. Generally people experience problems in daily life, especially with respect to controlling attention, impulses and emotions. At the same time, people with ADHD enjoy their creativity and positive energy. Medication is effective for many people with ADHD, but not for all. That is why many people are interested in other types of (additional) treatment, such as meditation or diets. These types of treatment should therefore be better investigated. Knowing more about ADHD and spreading awareness will help people to understand what causes their behaviour. This will reduce stigma and (self)blame.

The video features four of the most well-known researchers in the field of ADHD: dr. Eric Taylor is emeritus professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at King’s College London, dr. Philip Asherson is professor of Molecular Psychiatry at King’s College London, dr. Barbara Franke is professor of Molecular Psychiatry at Radboud university medical center Nijmegen (The Netherlands), and dr. Corina Greven is psychologist and behavioural geneticist at Radboud university medical center Nijmegen. Next to these scientists and psychiatrists, we see three people with ADHD (Bryn Travers, Evie Travers and Aziz), Andrea Bilbow, president of patient organisation ‘ADHD Europe’ and mother of two children with ADHD, and dr. Kai Syng Tan, researcher and artist at King’s College London, who also has an ADHD diagnosis.

This film was created through the MiND research consortium, in collaboration with the consortia AggressotypeCoCA and Eat2beNICE. These consortia are all funded by the European Commission through the FP-7 and horizon2020 programs. Young researchers dr. Nicoletta Adamo and Laura Ghirardi are the brains behind this film, with the help of the MiND training program and 4QuarterFilms.

Do you want to help us spreading awareness about ADHD? Then share this video with everyone you know! The video also contains subtitles in English, Dutch, German, Spanish, Italian, Swedish and Hungarian (and more languages may follow).

You can watch the video here:

Temporary closure of waiting list for Children’s assessments

22nd October 2020 It is with regret that the Oxford ADHD & Autism Centre is temporarily closing to new enquiries for …

Covid-19 Update September 2020

In line with the latest UK Government guidance, the clinic is open, having undertaken a risk assessment to comply with the …

Meetup Group for Women with Autism

Autistic women’s meetup group – Events are advertised for this group via Facebook. The group has been running …