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Autism and ADHD Pathway

What you can expect when going through the Autism and/or ADHD Assessment Pathway


Pre Assessment Autism and ADHD Pathway

Receiving support at the earliest stage without the need for a diagnosis. Making a smooth transition to assessment for those who require it.

Pre Assessment Autism and ADHD PathwayAutism and ADHD SENCO Discussion Group


Equality of access and service quality across the county ensuring NICE compliant assessments for those who require it.

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We continually review the Neurodevelopmental Pathway (also known as Autism and/or ADHD Pathway) for children, young people and families in Somerset.

Our commitment is to listen to a range of people across Somerset to make sure that any changes we make, are done collaboratively so they accurately reflect the needs and knowledge of everyone.

Children and Young People’s Neurodevelopmental Partnership Advice Line

We know that both families and professionals often have questions about referrals. In response to this we have set up a Children and Young People’s Neurodevelopmental Partnership Advice Line.

This line is open to parent, carers, young people or practitioners from health, education or social care.

Phone the Advice Line on 0303 033 3002 – open 9am to 12pm every Wednesday and Thursday.

Some of the things you can chat with the team about:

The advice line will not be able to answer questions about children who have already been seen by CYPNP. These questions need to be directed to the clinicians involved with the young person.


The core principles of the pathway are:

  • Any approaches must be child and young person centred and based on need rather than a diagnosis
  • A multidisciplinary approach is used at each step
  • There is a consistent approach in the use of screening and diagnostic assessment tools across Somerset
  • Information is securely stored so that it is accessible to each part of the system involved in the child or young person’s care
  • Pre and post ‘diagnostic’ assessment strategies and support are identified and agreed.

Useful videos

Mary from the Children and Young People’s Neurodevelopmental Partnership talks through the request for an assessment and what the assessment looks like.

Last reviewed: February 8, 2024 by Gemma

Next review due: August 8, 2024

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