Autistic Spectrum Disorder - low secure

Berry is a specialist low secure service for men with autism.  The unit accepts direct external referrals or patient transitions from medium secure services.

As an assessment and stabilisation environment, Berry is an integral part of our comprehensive Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) service, which supports patients in managing and understanding their challenging behaviour and is suitable for those in an acute or deteriorating phase of their condition.

Individualised care is essential for effective management of ASD and we pride ourselves on providing a bespoke service. We assess a patient’s ASD, health & wellbeing and vocational needs to develop a personalised treatment programme. Through continuity of care we’re able to encourage pathway transitions and support patients on a journey back to the community.

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Spacious open plan living area

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Ward based arts and activities room

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Modern bright dining room

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Space to relax

Admissions criteria

People referred will have a history of challenging or risk behaviours and would meet the criteria for detention under the mental health act.

These individuals may have identifiable mental health difficulties, in particular affective disorders, adjustment and separation-related disorders, and psychotic illnesses. Berry can accept male patients:

  • aged between 18 and 60 years
  • who have a primary ASD diagnosis or for assessment pending diagnosis
  • who may have a learning disability (some patients with a mild or borderline learning disability, IQ of 50 or above may be considered).

Understanding the individual

Upon admission our aim is to assess distressing symptoms, stabilise risk behaviours, reduce anxiety and promote engagement with therapy. We assess patient’s ASD needs such as communication, social interaction and sensory difficulties using a range of specific diagnostic assessment tools including ADOS and ADI.

Psychiatric and risk assessments, including HCR-20, RSVP and START, help build a picture of the patients health and wellbeing needs. Physical health, nutrition and activity & exercise are also considered when we formulate the patient’s care plan.  

Therapeutic interventions  

A range of psychological therapies are adapted for each individual to support new skill development and address offending behaviours. Our aim at this stage is to prevent relapse and promote resilience and recovery, and may include interventions, such as: 

- sexual offending and/or inappropriate sexual behaviour
- arson/fire setting
- managing anxiety and anger
- improving social understanding and communication
- managing sensory difficulties
- specific psychosocial interventions for adults with ASD. 

More information

ASD brochure

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