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Autism

Health written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Mike Weatherley Mike Weatherley Conservative, Hove

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) whether people with autism will be involved in developing the Children and Young People's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies project; and if he will make a statement;

(2) what consideration will be given to the needs of people with autism in the Children and Young People's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies project; and if he will make a statement;

(3) what consideration he has given to including training on adapting talking therapies for people with autism in the curriculum for the Children and Young People's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies project.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Children and Young People's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) project has been developed at a national level in partnership with young people and professionals to meet the needs of children and young people. The involvement of children and young people in design of the programme has been co-ordinated through YoungMinds, the national mental health charity for all children and young people including those with autism.

The project aims to transform existing Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) by adopting those elements of the IAPT programme which will improve outcomes for children and young people, providing treatment which is based on best evidence and embedding session-by-session outcome monitoring to ensure treatments are quality driven, outcomes focussed and client informed. This service transformation will benefit all children, young people and their parents (referred to the CAMHS that are part of the project) including those with autistic spectrum disorders.

As part of the first phase, the children's IAPT project has developed a curriculum and training package to equip staff to treat a range of emotional disorders, such as anxiety and depression, and for behavioural problems that commonly occur among children and young people with autistic spectrum disorders.

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