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



This pathway is for children aged 4 to 17 years who are in school or Electively Home Educated.
For those aged 4 but not yet in school please see the Autism Assessments for 0 to 5 year olds (pre-school) pathway.

Initial Appointment – Online gathering background information and allocating a keyworker

  • A first appointment with the child or young person’s parent carer is offered. In most cases, this appointment will be online via a video link.
  • The purpose of this appointment is to gather background and contextual information relevant to the young person’s neurodiversity assessment (including a comprehensive developmental history).
  • The young person is allocated a keyworker from the Children and Young People Neurodevelopmental Partnership Team who will co-ordinate their assessment and be a point of contact.

Second Appointment – Face-to-face with two members of the Children and Young People Neurodevelopmental Partnership Team

  • The child or young person and their parent carer are invited to a second appointment with two members of the CYPNP Team. This appointment is face-to-face.
  • This appointment starts with a discussion about the reasons an assessment is wanted and how it is hoped our work together will be helpful.
  • Informed consent for the assessment is gained from the young person (wherever appropriate) and their parent carer.
  • After this initial chat, wherever possible, the young person and their parent carer are seen separately.

Liaising with other services and practitioners – gathering information

  • Our team will gather information from other people who have recently, or are currently, working with them.
  • This might involve requesting an update in writing from a school practitioner (such as a teacher or Special Educational Needs Coordinator – SENCo). We might also need to have a conversation with them.

Follow up appointments (as required) – gathering further information

  • Further appointment(s) are offered to gather enough information to enable us to complete the assessment.
  • What this involves is different for every young person.
  • Follow up appointment(s) might involve specialist assessments of cognitive ability (thinking skills), language needs, or other possible areas of difference.
  • This might involve consideration of co-occurring or alternative explanations for the young person’s areas of difference (e.g. medical/genetic needs, attachment, or the impact of difficult life events they may have encountered).
  • We may need to observe the young person at their school and/or home.

Feedback, report, recommendations and follow up – discussing the outcome of the assessment

  • A feedback appointment is offered to share and discuss the outcome of the assessment.
  • A comprehensive report is written for the young person which will include a formulation (understanding) of their areas of difference, confirmation of any diagnosis given.
  • Young person and parent carer are welcome to request a follow-up appointment to discuss the assessment further within three months of receiving the report.
  • We will make some specific recommendations and signpost to any appropriate next steps.

Face to face appointments take place at the following clinics:

  • Taunton
  • Bridgwater
  • Shepton Mallet
  • Frome
  • Yeovil
  • Chard
  • Minehead (only for ADHD follow ups)
  • Wellington (only for ADHD follow ups)

Last reviewed: March 20, 2024 by Jenny

Next review due: September 20, 2024

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