We were delighted to hear the recent announcement from NHS England that ‘autism and learning disability’ will be a clinical priority in their upcoming ten-year plan for health services in England. Autism will form a core part of the NHS’ future strategy – a ‘potential game changer’, according to Jane Harris, Director of External Affairs at the National Autistic Society.
The NHS will be engaging with organisations, professionals and individuals to formulate their plans, ultimately making improvements to the overall care system. The news will come as a relief to many, with the NHS struggling to provide timely diagnosis, support and care.
At Hogrefe, we are lucky enough to frequently meet with those in the autism community, primarily through our regular ADOS-2 and ADI-R courses. It is an area we are committed to, and we have some exciting new projects in the pipeline to support those working in the field.
In a landmark move for Hogrefe, we will be expanding into intervention: The Paediatric Autism Communication Therapy (PACT) is a theory-based, adult-mediated and video-aided intervention designed to improve social communication competencies in children with ASD. It has been rigorously tested to show sustained impact on the reduction in the severity of autism symptoms in children aged 2 – 10 years.
To celebrate PACT’s release this autumn we have launched a new ASD catalogue – where you will find comprehensive information on PACT as well as our assessment and training opportunities in this area. Follow the link to download a copy.
We will also be exhibiting at the National Autistic Society’s Autism and Mental Health Conference on Wednesday 12 September in Leeds, as well as the BPS Developmental Psychology Section conference on Thursday 13 September in Liverpool. If you’ll be attending either of these events do drop by the Hogrefe stand and say hello. We hope to see you there!