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Specialist outpatient clinic for autism spectrum disorders

Doctor in charge:

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Dipl.-Psych. Christine Falter-Wagner

The International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) defines autism spectrum disorders as profound developmental disorders that are characterised by qualitative impairments in social interaction and communication and by a repertoire of restricted and repeating behaviours or interests.

1. What kind of patients do we see? (Patients with what kinds of illnesses/symptoms or relatives of people with these illness/symptoms?)

The specialist outpatient clinic for autism spectrum disorders focuses on adult women and men suspected of having an autism spectrum disorder (e.g. Asperger syndrome).

2. Do I need to have a diagnosis already or can I also come if I think I have this kind of illness?

You can come to the specialist outpatient clinic if you have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (e.g. Asperger syndrome) or if you suspect you have such an illness.

3. What happens at the outpatient clinic?

To clarify the diagnosis, we record a detailed developmental history and perform a psychiatric assessment and an evaluation with neuropsychological tests. At the first appointment (duration: 30 minutes) we assess whether we think you have an autism spectrum disorder and discuss the next diagnostic steps. If we suspect an autism spectrum disorder, we perform detailed diagnostic assessments at 1-2 follow-up appointments.

In adults, autism is usually diagnosed by a multistage process in which alternative explanations for the symptoms (e.g. mental illnesses that are also associated with recurring difficulties in dealing with other people) first have to be excluded. A clear diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder can only be made by evaluating all diagnostic findings and evaluations. We will tell you about the diagnosis and make further recommendations at a final meeting. Please note that currently we do not provide treatment at the adult autism clinic.

4. How often do I have to go to the outpatient clinic?

You will first have an initial consultation at the psychiatric outpatient clinic. Then, depending on your situation you may have to attend 1-3 additional follow-up appointments at the specialist outpatient clinic for autism.

5. Do I have to register beforehand, and/or do I need a referral?

You must register first to make an appointment at the specialist outpatient clinic for autism (see contact information below). After talking to a practice-based psychiatrist, you are welcome to make an appointment for a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and subsequent consultation at the specialist outpatient clinic for autism. You do not need a referral.

6. Can I participate in studies?

Yes. If you have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder / Asperger syndrome and are interested in participating in an ongoing scientific study, please contact us by e-mail (christine.falter@med.uni-muenchen.de). We will gladly send you information on our current research projects.

7. Registration

Please bring the following with you to your appointment:
Health insurance chip card
A copy of any available previous findings (medical reports)
Copy of primary school reports
We also ask that you are accompanied by a relative (a parent, if possible) who can provide information on your medical history.
Please complete the following questionnaires and bring them with you to your first appointment:

AQ

EQ

SQ

BDI

TAS

Biography questionnaire

Please make an appointment by ringing Tel: +49-89-4400-53307 (Mo-Fr 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.)

Hospital of the University of Munich 
Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Autism outpatient clinic
Nussbaumstrasse 7
80336 Munich
Germany