The Sheffield Adult Autism and Neurodevelopmental Service, also known as SAANS, provides a diagnostic assessment and post-diagnosis support for people with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and associated neurodevelopmental disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Unfortunately, we do not provide diagnostic assessments for dyslexia.
Our service is open to anyone over the age of 16 and has a reason to believe they have ASD or ADHD.
What support do we offer?
We offer a diagnostic assessment which can help you better understand your needs, abilities and is the first step to helping you manage the condition.
You can find out more about what to expect in an assessment by clicking here.
After your diagnostic assessment we’ll offer you a follow-up appointment to discuss the outcome. If for whatever reason your circumstances change we can review the support you receive by reassessing your needs by re-referring you to the service.
We also provide time limited post-diagnostic support which can include:
- Speech and language therapy to support you with your communication
- Occupational therapy which can offer support with things like employment, education and day-to-day activities
- Psychological support
- Advice on medication
- Group support
At your appointment you may meet a variety of people in the team, including psychologists, psychiatrists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapist and administration staff.
How is the service accessed?
We only accept referrals from GPs and other NHS services. We cannot accept self-referrals.
To make a referral a professional needs to complete this form and email it to SAANS@shsc.nhs.uk or send in the post to Sheffield Adult Autism and Neurodevelopmental Service, Michael Carlisle Centre, 75 Osborne Road, Sheffield, S11 9BF.
To take a look at our service eligibility and selection criteria in full click here.
Please note that we cannot accept referrals for anyone who has been diagnosed with a learning disability.
Support to people living outside of Sheffield
Anyone living outside of Sheffield can be referred to our service subject to a funding agreement from their local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group. They can also refer you for counselling subject to funding.
If you have been referred for a Dyspraxia assessment please make sure you wear comfortable clothing and flat shoes that are suitable for moving around in and doing gentle exercise.
Trousers or leggings, with trainers, would be ideal.
If you wear glasses or use a hearing aid please bring these to your appointment too.