Sushie has over 25 years of experience working with people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), beginning in 1994 with her PhD research, which focused on the language of autistic adults.

Sushie has 15 years of experience as a university lecturer, including posts at the University of Sheffield Department of Human Communication Sciences, and York St John University where she was Head of Programme for Language Studies and Linguistics from 1999 – 2003.

Sushie left full-time academia in 2003 to focus on clinical work with a desire to help people directly as a speech and language therapist (SLT).

Wanting to stay well-informed on all things ASD Sushie has maintained links to the academic world. She is on the expert panel of Conversation Analysis Research in Autism based at Leicester University. She also continues to be an active researcher in ASD, with publications in the field dating back to 1998.

Sushie is proactive in building her diagnostic skillset, she is trained in DIVA 2 for ADHD diagnosis and has completed her level 1 sensory integration (SI) training.

Sushie currently works for the NHS as the lead SLT in a forensic hospital and lead diagnostician for the adult autism diagnosis service. Please be aware that Spectrum Diagnosis and the services outlined are private consultancy work.  



  • 2017: Sushie Dobbinson, "The interaction is the work: Rehabilitating risk in a forensic patient with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Learning Disability" in A Practical Guide to Social Interaction Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, pp. 221-246

  • 2016: Sushie Dobbinson, "Conversation with an adult with features of Autism Spectrum Disorder" in secure care in the Palgrave Handbook of Adult Mental Health Chapter 22

  • 2006: Michael R Perkins; Sushie Dobbinson; Jill Boucher; Simone Bol; Paul Bloom "Lexical knowledge and lexical use in autism."
    Journal of autism and developmental disorders 2006;36(6):795-805.

  • 2005: Sushie Dobbinson, "Phonetics in Introducing Language in Use." Oxford: Routledge.

  • 2004: Kate Trott; Sushie Dobbinson, Patrick Griffiths (Eds) "Child Language Reader". London: Routledge

  • 2003: Sushie Dobbinson, Mick Perkins, Jill Boucher, "The interactional significance of formulas in autistic language". Clinical linguistics & phonetics 2003;17(4-5):299-307.

  • 1998: S Dobbinson, M R Perkins, J Boucher "Structural patterns in conversations with a woman who has autism." Journal of communication disorders 1998;31(2):113-33; quiz 133-4.