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Interview with Professor Tim Williams: autism and OCD

Tim Williams is a clinical psychologist who has been working with young people in Berkshire for three decades. He is Associate Professor at the Institute of Education, University of Reading, and Consultant Clinical and Educational Psychologist at the Priors Court Foundation, a service for young people with autism. He has developed clinics for children with autism spectrum disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

Professor Tim Williams kindly agreed to be interviewed for Network Autism when he attended the NAS Autism and Mental Health Conference in May this year. We asked Tim a series of questions: you can view the full interview or clips of the individual questions below.

Full interview

Individual question clips

1. Can you tell us a little about how you first became interested in autism, and about your current work?

2. Can you explain a little about what OCD is, and how common it is for autistic people?

3. You spoke today about OCD and autism, and distinguishing types of repetitive behaviour. Can you tell us why this is important?

4. Can you tell us about the different treatment options for autistic people with OCD?

5. What advice would you give to family members, carers and professionals in trying to support an autistic person with OCD?

6. How can local Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs) meet the specific needs of autistic people with OCD, given the lack of funding in mental health?

Author: Tim Williams

Date added: 20th August 2015