Neurodevelopmental Team (Children's)

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About us

The Neurodevelopmental Service within Rise was created to support neurodivergent children and young people and their families. We provide diagnostic assessment for autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). We have created a number of information sessions for our webpage, which may be helpful in supporting children and young people as well as signposting information to local and national support.

 

Preschool Neurodevelopmental Service

There are two Preschool services, the Warwickshire Preschool Autism Service (WPAS), and the Coventry Neurodevelopmental Preschool Service.

Assessment always includes information from different professionals. The professionals involved will depend on your child’s needs, but support is always led by one person. Your child’s assessment will include:

  • A medical screen
  • A detailed developmental history
  • Information about their behaviour, interactions, skills, and development in all environments including home and nursery
  • Observations of their play and interactions (this could be via a virtual platform or face-to-face)

 

Further assessment maybe required which could be:

  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule - an assessment tool carried out in a clinic setting. To know more about this please click here.

 

School Age Neurodevelopmental Service

The School-Age Neurodevelopmental Team work closely with the Rise colleagues, including Core Specialist Mental Health. They provide assessments for a diagnosis of autism and/or attention deficit disorder or developmental coordination disorder as an additional diagnosis. The team includes speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and psychologists, they also have strong links with paediatricians and psychiatrists.

Most children and young people may not see all of the professionals, but the team may seek advice from their colleagues to help give the best advice. The team members have a high level of training, expertise, and experience in autism and ADHD, and they try to help children, young people, and their parents understand and learn how to support their child.

 

Terminology

Based on feedback from our local community regarding preferred language, we aim to use identity first language such as ‘autistic child/young person/individual/person’. We also aim to use Autism as the preferred term, however due to being a diagnostic service we may at times use the term ‘Autistic Spectrum Disorder’ (ASD) if referring to the medical process of diagnosis. We acknowledge that preferred terms and language may be different for different people and also based on individual preference.
https://www.autism.org.uk/what-we-do/help-and-support/how-to-talk-about-autism

We also use the term ‘neurodiversity’ which describes the idea that people experience and interact with the world around them in many different ways; there is no one "right" way of thinking, learning, and behaving, and differences are not viewed as deficits. We also use the term ‘neurotypical’, which refers to brain functions, ways of processing information and behaviours which are seen to be most common and also the term ‘neurodivergent’    which refers to behaving, thinking and learning differently to those considered neurotypical, which would include individual and/or groups of people who are autistic, ADHD, or otherwise neurodivergent.

To find out more, please refer to our ‘Information for Neurodivergent people and their families’ at: Dimensions - News (covwarkpt.nhs.uk)

 

Useful links

Coventry and Warwickshire Joint Strategy for Autistic People 2021 - 2026

Coventry's Neurodevelopmental Pathway- a guide for parents (003).pdf [pdf] 1MB

Frequently Asked Questions August 2023.pdf [pdf] 204KB

 

As a service, we aim to be accessible to all experiences, backgrounds and differences. If you feel there are alternative arrangements, we could make to support you to access our material, please contact the team by phone. Contact numbers can be found under ‘Contact Us’ tab.

Meet the Team

Making a Referral


Pre School Age

We are commissioned to provide assessments for young people who are registered to a GP in Coventry or Warwickshire. We accept referrals for the ages below:

  • Coventry – ages 2 to 4 years and 9 months.
  • Warwickshire – ages 2 – 31st March of their pre-school year.

Referrals are accepted from any professional working with the child, this is often a Health Visitor, childcare provider, GP or paediatrician. We are not able to accept self-referrals from parents/ guardians. All referrals must have consent from parents/guardians.

For Professionals: Please use the form below to refer into the pre-school service for Coventry and Warwickshire.

Coventry Pre School age ASD Assessment Referral Form

Note for Coventry Referrals:  If you would like to discuss the referral with us then please contact the Coventry team on 02476 961092.

Warwickshire Pre School ASD Referral Form

Note for Warwickshire Referrals:  If you would like to discuss the referral with us then please contact the Warwickshire team on 0300 303 1255.

 

 

School Age

We are commissioned to provide assessments for young people who are registered to a GP in Coventry or Warwickshire. We accept referrals from the age of 4 onwards for an assessment of autism. We accept referrals from the age of 6 onwards for an assessment of ADHD. New referrals for young people approaching 17 and above should be directed to the Adult Neurodevelopmental Service. Referrals are accepted from any professional working with the child, this is often a GP, school or paediatrician. All referrals must have consent from parents/guardians.

We are not able to accept self-referrals from parents or young people. If you are concerned about your child or a child in your care who is having significant difficulties, visit your GP or speak to their school.

When making a referral, it is helpful to capture information from both home and school to help us best understand a young person’s needs. Sometimes we may request further information. This is to ensure that any assessment we provide is appropriate for the young person. Please use the form below to make a referral to us: 

Neurodevelopmental School Age Service Referral Form October 2023.docx [docx] 201KB

 

Please note, we currently have a waiting list for assessments due to the number of referrals we receive. There continues to be a longer wait than we had anticipated and unfortunately, we are currently unable to provide a precise timeframe for assessments. We are working as hard as we can to meet this increased demand.

 

 

Prioritisation Criteria

There are a small number of cases that we are able to prioritise, please refer to our priority criteria for further details:

Our priority criteria 

 

If you require support whilst waiting for an assessment, our telephone clinics are designed for parents/guardians to discuss any concerns and receive tailored advice from our team. If you would like to book into a telephone appointment, please contact our team (see ‘Contact Us’ tab).

 

To refer into other Rise services, please click here.

 

As a service, we aim to be accessible to all experiences, backgrounds and differences. If you feel there are alternative arrangements, we could make to support you to access our material, please contact the team by phone. Our team contact numbers can be found on ‘Contact Us’ tab.

Assessment with Us

Prior to an assessment, we often send out several documents to be completed by parents/guardians and educational settings. This helps us to have the most up to date information prior to our assessment. If the young person has had any other assessments carried out by a professional, it is helpful for this to be shared with us.

Details of the clinician you will meet can be found in your appointment letter. You can find information about our clinicians on our ‘Meet the Team’ tab.

Please click the links below to find out more about our assessment process:


Pre-School Autism Assessment (Coventry)

When we do an autism assessment, we need to know how your child is getting on at home and nursery/education setting. If they have had assessments by other professionals, we would like to see their reports. 

During your child's assessment, you will be asked about your family, the physical and mental health of family members and whether your child has had any traumatic experiences. Some parents find this difficult, but it is important that we know about issues which could have affected your child's development. If you want to talk about this without your child hearing the discussion, please mention it when you come to us for your first appointment, and we will arrange a suitable time with you to discuss it. 

At each stage it will be decided if your child meets the criteria for an autism assessment through discussion with members of our team, which include a Speech and Language Therapist, Paediatrician, Health Visitor and, if appropriate, Occupational Therapist and education support services depending on your child's needs. It may be decided that your child needs some intervention, for example around behaviour or sleep, or a referral to another service first before progressing to the next assessment phase.

Assessment phase 1 – Your child’s Health visitor or childcare provider will carry out a developmental screen and if appropriate a 'Wellcomm' language screen. They will talk to you about the concerns you have about your child's development. 

Assessment phase 2 - Your child's appointment with the Speech and Language Therapist will be in clinic, nursery or home. They will assess your child's communication skills and provide you with advice and strategies on how you can support your child. There may need to be a follow-up session to see if there has been any progress. This information will be shared with the team to decide if your child meets the criteria for an autism assessment. 

Assessment phase 3 - Once all the information has been collected from the team of professionals and they feel your child meets the criteria for assessment a Paediatrician will be allocated to complete the child’s assessment. Sometimes it is difficult to be sure whether a child has autism, even after these appointments. If we need a more detailed look at your child's social interaction, we will need to request an Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) assessment carried out in a clinic setting.

 

Pre-assessment information - Whilst you wait for an assessment, you can view the pre-assessment parent education session. This has been written and recorded by professionals with many years' experience of working with neurodiverse children and gives top tips on supporting your child. This session has had many positive reviews by parents and carers. 

When you open the PowerPoint, please click on the sound icon on each slide to hear the presentation.  Pre-assessment Parent Education Session - Preschool Age

 

Duty Calls

Whilst waiting for assessment we provide a telephone appointment clinic where you can discuss specific developmental, behavioural concerns with a Neurodevelopmental Practitioner who will give advice and suggest strategies or signpost you to other helpful services on a 1:1 basis.

Contact telephone number for a duty call: 02476 961226

 

Post Assessment

Following your child’s assessment you can still access duty calls. We also recommend you watch the Pre-school Autism Post Diagnosis Support session videos: Recommended resources | CAMHS (cwrise.com)

Contact telephone number for the service: 02476 961092

 

Pre-School Autism Assessment (Warwickshire)

The Warwickshire Preschool Autism Service is a specialist service consisting of a highly skilled multidisciplinary team responsible for the assessment and diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  It works closely with education and other support services.  The team includes Clinical Psychologists, Specialist Speech and Language Therapists, Neurodevelopmental Practitioners and we also work alongside Paediatricians.


Assessment  is a multidisciplinary approach and always includes information from different professionals. The professionals involved will depend on your child’s needs but will be led by one person. Your child’s assessment will include:

  • A medical assessment by a Paediatrician
  • A detailed developmental history
  • Information about their  behaviour, interactions skills and development in all environments including home and nursery
  • Observations of their play and interactions

Further assessment maybe required which could be:

  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule — assessment tool carried out in a clinic setting


Pre-assessment information - Whilst you wait for an assessment, you can view the pre-assessment parent education session. This has been written and recorded by professionals with many years' experience of working with neurodiverse children and gives top tips on supporting your child. This session has had many positive reviews by parents and carers. 

When you open the PowerPoint, please click on the sound icon on each slide to hear the presentation.  Pre-assessment Parent Education Session - Preschool Age


Duty Calls

Whilst waiting for assessment we provide a telephone appointment clinic where you can discuss specific developmental, behavioural concerns with a Neurodevelopmental Practitioner who will give advice and suggest strategies or signpost you to other helpful services on a 1:1 basis.

Contact telephone number for the service: 0300 303 1255


Post Assessment

Following your child’s assessment you can still access duty calls. We also recommend you watch the Pre-school Autism Post Diagnosis Support session videos: Recommended resources | CAMHS (cwrise.com)

 

 

School Age

School Age Autism Assessment (Virtual)

First Appointment

We meet with parents/guardians to discuss the young persons’ development from pregnancy to present day and explore their historical and current difficulties. We also explore family history including significant life events including any traumatic experiences and family medical history. Some parents/guardians may find this difficult, but it is important to have a clear understanding of the young person’s experiences in order to conclude our assessment. The young person is welcome to attend this appointment if it is felt this is appropriate. This appointment lasts approximately 1 hour to 1 ½ hours.

Second Appointment

This appointment is an opportunity to get to know the young person. We talk about their interests, what they find difficult, their friendships and emotions. The appointment is not a test, and there are no right or wrong answers. This appointment lasts approximately 1 hour.

Additional Assessments

Sometimes, we may need further information to form our conclusion as to whether a diagnosis is appropriate. We may request additional appointments with parents/guardians or the young person.

Feedback Appointment

In this appointment we discuss the outcome of the assessment. This appointment is typically for parents/guardians however the young person is welcome to attend. The clinician will explain the reasons for their outcome and talk through any further next steps. This is an opportunity for parents/guardians and the young person to ask questions and receive tailored support. After this final appointment, a report will be sent out detailing the information gathered during the assessment, the outcome and helpful resources.

 

 

School Age ADHD Assessment (Virtual)

Screening Appointment

We meet with parents/guardians to discuss the young persons’ development from pregnancy to present day and explore their historical and current difficulties. We also explore family history including significant life events including any traumatic experiences and family medical history. Some parents/guardians may find this difficult, but it is important to have a clear understanding of the young person’s experiences in order to conclude our assessment. We also get to know the young person. We talk about their interests, what they find difficult, their friendships and emotions. The appointment is not a test, and there are no right or wrong answers.

Feedback

Following the screening appointment, the clinician will review the information gathered and will discuss next steps with parents/guardians. A report will be sent out detailing the information gathered during the assessment, next steps and helpful resources.

If it is felt that we think ADHD could be a suitable diagnosis to help understand the young person’s difficulties, we will make a referral to the psychiatry team. The assessing clinicians are not able to give a formal diagnosis of ADHD. Once the referral has been made, the psychiatry team will review the information provided and will offer a face-to-face appointment if they also feel that a diagnosis of ADHD is appropriate. We are unfortunately not able to provide a timeframe for when appointments with psychiatry may take place.

 

Attend Anywhere

Attend Anywhere consultations via video - Patient information leaflet

Attend Anywhere consultations via video - Patient information easy read leaflet

If you would find it difficult to attend an online consultation, please let us know and we will try our best to offer an alternative approach, based on your individual needs and the capacity of the service at the time. The Trust is committed to providing full access to those with disabilities or additional needs.

 

Face to Face Appointments

Photos of clinic room and building

We aim to be accessible to all individuals that access our service, if you require an interpreter for your assessment, please contact the team (see ‘Contact Us’ page)

 

ADOS Autism Assessment

Claire Rowbury talks about what is involved during the Children's Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule Assessment

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

As a service, we aim to be accessible to all experiences, backgrounds and differences. If you feel there are alternative arrangements, we could make to support you to access our material, please contact the team by phone. Contact numbers can be found under ‘Contact Us’ tab.

Contact Us

Children's Neurodevelopment Service: Pre-school Team (Coventry and Warwickshire), School Age Team (Coventry and Warwickshire)


Email

      Coventry Pre-School Service
      (This email address CommunityPaeds@covwarkpt.nhs.uk is ONLY for Referrals from Professionals)

      Warwickshire Pre-School Service
      WarwickshirePreschool.AutismService@covwarkpt.nhs.uk

      Coventry School Age Service
      Neurodevelopmental.Team@covwarkpt.nhs.uk

      Warwickshire School Age Service
      Warks.NeuroTeam@covwarkpt.nhs.uk
 

Our Sites

Our Neurodevelopmental service is based at the following locations:

 

Coventry

Address:             Children’s Neurodevelopmental TeamPhotograph of Wayside House

                           Ground Floor

                           Wayside House

                           Wilsons Lane

                           Coventry CV6 6NY

Telephone:         02476 961 226

Hours:                Monday-Friday, 8.30am-5pm

Email:                 NeuroAdminCoventry@covwarkpt.nhs.uk

 

North Warwickshire

Address:             Whitestone Centre whitestone clinic

                           Magyar Crescent

                           Nuneaton

                           CV11 4SG

Telephone:         02476 641 799

Hours:                Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm

Email:                risewhitestonenuneaton@covwarkpt.nhs.uk

 

Rugby

Address:             Hunter House the railings

                           Woodside Park

                           The Railings

                           Rugby

                           CV21 2AW (Sat Nav Postcode CV21 2NP)

Telephone:         01788 513733

Hours:                Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-5:00pm

 

South Warwickshire
(Including Warwick, Leamington Spa, Kenilworth and Southam)

Address:             Stratford Healthcare   stratford healthcare exterior

                           Building 2, Floor 2

                           Arden Street

                           Stratford-upon-Avon

                           CV37 6NQ

Telephone:         01789 339570

Hours:                Monday-Friday, 8.30am-5pm 

 

Address:             Orchard House orchard house

                           83 Radford Road

                           Leamington Spa

                           CV31 1JQ

Telephone:         01926 881 640

Hours:                Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

 

Saltisford  (Warwickshire pre-school only)

Address:             Saltisford Office Park Photograph of Saltisford Office Park Building 3

                            Building 3

                            Ansell Way

                            Warwick

                            CV34 4UL

Telephone:          0300 303 1255

Hours:                 Monday-Friday, 8.30am-5pm

 

As a service, we aim to be accessible to all experiences, backgrounds and differences. If you feel there are alternative arrangements, we could make to support you to access our material, please contact the team by calling on above numbers.