Before the assessment an NDC pack is sent to family and school to complete which provides all the updated relevant information we need to decide which type of assessment format is required. The assessment will not be allocated until we receive both completed packs (from school and parent).
The length and the number of people involved in the assessment varies depending on clinical need. The assessment involves meeting the young person and relevant family members, as well as liaison with schools and other professionals. Assessment may take place over several sessions and may involve the use of standardised assessments such as the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) or Qb test for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
The service has a strong emphasis on teaching parents, children and young people the skills required to understand and manage their neurodevelopmental condition.
Following a diagnosis, post diagnostic parent ASD and ADHD workshops are offered to everyone. Where a diagnosis already exists, discrete pieces of intervention or therapeutic work can be offered to families whose needs cannot be met within CAMHS Getting Help and Getting more help services. Interventions that are offered, are individually tailored to the needs of each child, young person or family.
Examples of interventions offered by the NDC service are:
- Groups for parents and young people
- 1:1 therapy (e.g. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
In more complex cases, a clinician in the NDC pathway may provide ongoing care co-ordination. They will liaise with family and all professionals and ensure that there will be a consistent care plan.
Working hours are from 9-5 weekdays (not including bank holidays) with flexible out of hours working for specific tasks.
Last updated: 9 October, 2019