Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

Welcome to the Adult Autism Spectrum Consult

For individuals on the autism spectrum and their families, the transition to adulthood poses a substantial set of opportunities and challenges, such as these:

  • adjusting to activities of daily living and opportunities for increased independence as an adult
  • attaining educational goals, identifying areas of interest and strength that can become a vocation
  • developing work skills, finding and keeping a job
  • building social and communication skills
  • forming and navigating social relationships
  • feeling comfortable and confident in the community  

Adult family members of individuals with ASD (of any age) may have questions about ASD and how to best help their son, daughter, sibling, or relative on the spectrum, and families are often are under some degree of chronic stress.  The Adult Autism Spectrum Consult Program at Penn Medicine is dedicated to providing customized consultations on a wide range of issues for patients (age 16 and up) and their families across the entire spectrum, including these:

  • diagnosis
  • transition to adulthood
  • psychiatric issues related to ASD
  • development and implementation of treatment plans and support plans
  • coordination of medication treatment, when necessary, with behavioral treatment
  • modifying ongoing treatment plans to better address goals
  • building social, communication, and adaptive skills
  • interfering behaviors
  • educational issues
  • workplace and vocational issues
  • social and relationship issues
  • issues facing adult family members

We can provide the following services:

  • an initial consultation on these any of these issues for individuals, families, and other providers
  • written reports, summarizing findings from the initial consultation
  • help monitoring progress towards goals and to provide updated recommendations on these issues
  • periodic consultation and liaison to the patient’s primary providers
  • information to parents and adult siblings of individuals on the autism spectrum who have been provided a consult

Our main goal is to help individuals on the spectrum, as well as their families, to optimize their wellbeing, their daily functioning, and the growth of their talents, skills, vocations, and relationships.

At this time, we do not provide ongoing medication management.