Neurological consultation with an autistic patient

Pract Neurol. 2022 Apr;22(2):120-125. doi: 10.1136/practneurol-2020-002856. Epub 2021 Oct 8.


Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition with a very heterogeneous presentation. Autistic people are more likely to have unmet healthcare needs, making it essential that healthcare professionals are 'autism-aware'. In this article, we provide an overview of how autism presents and use case studies to illustrate how a neurological consultation in an outpatient clinic environment could prove challenging for a autistic person. We suggest how to improve communication with autistic patients in clinic and highlight the importance of a patient-centred and flexible approach.

Keywords: applied; autism; psychiatry; psychology.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder*
  • Autistic Disorder* / complications
  • Communication
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Humans
  • Referral and Consultation