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Adarna Ward – Highly Specialised Autism Spectrum Disorder Service

Gender: Male

Age: 18+

Beds: 15

Adarna Ward is our 15 bed rehabilitation service at Cygnet Hospital Wyke, for men with mental illness and a secondary diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), we also take individuals who haven’t been formally diagnosed with ASD, but who have a high clinical suspicion.

The focus of the service is on recovery through meaningful engagement both within the service and in the local community. Our aim is to support individuals to live with their condition and to discharge them onto the least restrictive setting suitable for them.

Cygnet Adarna House

Cygnet Adarna House

Cygnet Adarna House is a step-down service for Adarna Ward, enabling individuals to continue on their care pathway in a safe environment – with the advantage of continuing access to the same MDT. We also accept external referrals

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The multi-disciplinary team (MDT) work together with the people we support to provide holistic person-centred assessments and care plans. The psychology team, using models of dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) and adapted cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), work in groups or individual sessions depending on the need of the individual. They will work with them to understand their goals for treatment. The team support individuals to build their confidence in understanding, managing and regulating their emotions and then helping them to develop coping skills that will aids their rehabilitation. The occupational therapy team provides sensory integration therapy, sensory assessments and has established links in with the local community, including various autism friendly community groups. Our speech and language therapy support individuals to understand their communication needs and making adaptations where necessary.

We ensure that we provide high quality care to our the people we support as well as their families and carers. With the right support, our individuals are able to live a more fulfilling life.

The ward is set in a spacious environment with a large open communal lounge area, an enclosed courtyard and multiple communal areas including a sensory room, IT suite, and therapy kitchen. There is also a de-stimulation suite to provide a low stimulus environment for individuals who may be experiencing heightened feelings of agitation.

Our therapies and interventions:

  • Adapted Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Self-help interventions based on CBT
  • Mindfulness
  • Coping skills training
  • Behaviour rehearsal
  • Relaxation strategies
  • Problem solving skills
  • Social skills interventions
  • Creative groups

Our service user profile:

  • Men, aged 18+
  • Primary diagnosis of mental illness with complex needs
  • Secondary diagnosis of high functioning Asperger’s syndrome or autism
  • Typical diagnoses include:
    • Schizophrenia
    • Schizo-affective disorder
    • Psychosis
    • Personality disorder
    • Bipolar affective disorder
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder
    • Depression
  • May be detained under the Mental Health Act (1983); sections 3, 37, 37/41 or informal
  • May present with forensic history
  • May include a history of substance misuse
  • May present with behaviours that challenge

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