Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is estimated to affect 1 in every 110 individuals.

ASD is characterised by impairments in

  • social interaction
  • social communication
  • imagination and social understanding

Diagnostic Guidelines

Gold standard diagnostic practice for Autism Spectrum Disorder


Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network

http://www.sign.ac.uk/pdf/sign98.pdf


National Institute for Health & Care Excellence

http://www.nice.org.uk/nicemedia/live/13572/56428/56428.pdf

http://www.nice.org.uk/nicemedia/live/13774/59685/59685.pdf


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Forensic Issues and ASD

John Forrester has extensive experience working with individuals with ASD who have entered the criminal justice system. He continues to work in conjunction with forensic departments, the police, prisons, and the courts. Specialist report is provided upon request.  

People with ASD are not necessarily more likely to commit criminal offences. However, research suggests that individuals with ASD are more likely to come into contact with the criminal justice system, either as perpetrators or as victims of crime. More often than not, the impairments and cognitive differences associated with ASD can help us to understand the offending behaviour, which is usually an example of actus reus rather than mens rea. Evidence also suggests that co-morbid mental health problems are relevant in offending behaviour and ASD.

Referral for assessment or other services

Referalls for assessment, consultancy or training can be made directly by; court services, solicitors, health or local authority based professionals. For further details and costs please contact directly through the website contacts or email info@autismconsultantsscotland.co.uk

Useful Journal and Other Articles  

Asperger's in Forensic Settings

Asperger's Disorder and Criminal Behaviour

Who we work with


  • Individuals 
  • NHS & local authorities
  • Criminal Justice and Solicitors in Mental Health 
  • Voluntary sector 
  • Families & carers
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