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Requesting a neurodevelopmental assessment


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Autism and ADHD Pathway

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


All requests for neurodevelopmental assessments should follow the pre-assessment pathway. This may result in a referral for Autism and/or ADHD being made along with the completion of a next steps form (if appropriate).

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Neurodevelopmental Next Steps Form – Autism and ADHD

Form to provide information to inform whether a child or young person needs a diagnostic assessment in relation to Autism and/or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This form contains sections to be completed by a referrer (SENCO, health or social care practitioner, PFSA), parent and child or young person. Please download and save to your computer, and use this form in Word and not in your web browser.

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All referrals across Somerset follow the same form and process now.
Version 4 of the Next Steps Form above reflects this.

If you would like support in completing this form, we would advise you to ask whoever you think is best placed to help. This might be someone at your child’s school (a SENCo for example), or someone else who is working with you (such as a Parent and Family Support Advisors, Social Worker or health practitioner).

All new requests for a neurodevelopmental assessment are initially triaged by a member of the Children and Young People Neurodevelopmental Partnership clinical team.

Where there is additional complexity, triaging clinicians can request the information be reviewed by a member of the CYPNP clinical leadership team. This will be by placing them on the agenda for discussion at regular Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT) Triage meetings.

In exceptional circumstances where there is significant complexity that requires additional information that is likely to be available through local authority systems (such as through Children’s Social Care and/or Education records), young people may subsequently be put forward for more in-depth consideration of their referral through discussion with interagency colleagues from across the local system in a regular Interagency MDT Triage meeting.

The assessment pathway for the child or young person will then depend on the age of the child or young person.

Last reviewed: March 20, 2024 by Jenny

Next review due: September 20, 2024

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