Neurodevelopmental Team (Children's)

  • Providing assessment, diagnosis and interventions for children and young people with neurodevelopmental disorders, including ASD and ADHD.

  • Address: Paybody Building, CV1 4FS

About this Service

Referral Criteria: Professional with parent’s consent

The Neurodevelopmental Service is a specialist service consisting of highly skilled multidisciplinary team responsible for the assessment and diagnosis of neurodevelopmental disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Dyspraxia (as a co-occurring disorder).

The Neurodevelopmental service was created in order to meet the needs of children and young people with these disorders, understanding that they may not have a Learning Disability and/or a Mental Health concern.  It also appreciates that these individuals have needs which should be supported in a holistic way, including social, emotional and physical well- being.

The aim of the service is to improve the child/young person’s life chances by reducing/preventing co morbid acute mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and self-harm and reducing/preventing family/social/educational breakdown.  It also aims to support the child/young person in reaching their individual potential.

Flowchart - Neurodevelopmental Children's Service

Leaflet:   Child and Family Neurodevelopmental Service 2020.PDF [pdf] 894KB

Neurodevelopmental Team Coventry

In Coventry we have a team consisting of Clinical Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Speech & Language Therapists, Neuro clinicians, a team lead, a Service Manager, a Neuro Practitioner, a Specialist Nursery Nurse, a Clinical Coordinator and an administrator.

Neurodevelopmental Team Warwickshire 

In Warwickshire we have teams of Clinical Psychologists from CWPT, Neuro practitioners, Neuro clinicians, clinical coordinators, team leads, Speech and Language Therapy colleagues from South Warwickshire Foundation Trust and Educational Psychologists from the Local Authority.

Who we are

City of Coventry Health Centre

Here are some of our team members:

Gemma Cartwright Service Manager

Gemma Cartwright
Profession: Service Manager and Lead Occupational Therapist
Based: Coventry and Warwickshire
Interest/Hobbies: “Salsa dancing, going to the gym and eating 
purple and red Jelly Babies!"
More about Gemma.pdf [pdf] 139KB


Heather Moran

Heather Moran
Consultant Child Clinical Psychologist and Lead Psychologist
Based: Coventry
Interest/Hobbies: "Being at the seaside and walking my dog"
More about Heather.pdf [pdf] 78KB


Claire FentonClaire Fenton
Specialist Nursery Nurse
Based: Coventry
Interest/Hobbies: "Baking cakes and I like my cats"
More about Claire.pdf [pdf] 171KB



Penny Thompson

Penny Thompson
Speech and Language Therapist
Based: Coventry 
Interest/Hobbies:  “Looking after my two cats”
More about Penny.pdf [pdf] 78KB



Ceri Anne WhiskerCeri-Anne Whisker
Speech and Language Therapist
and Lead of Preschool Age Coventry and Warwickshire Team
Based: Coventry and Warwickshire
Interest/Hobbies:  "Baking and dancing"
More about Ceri-Anne.pdf [pdf] 168KB


Poli Begum

Poli Begum
Counselling Psychologist
Based: Coventry
Interest/Hobbies: “Eating Guavas! I  Australia for a while and loved it because it was so sunny and clean”
More about Poli.pdf [pdf] 182KB



Fouzia Manzoor Fouzia
Profession: Clinical Coordinator
Based: Coventry
Interests/Hobbies: I like to spend time with my family and like to do painting.
Fouzia Manzoor.pdf [pdf] 94KB


Kayleigh B Dr. Kayleigh Brown
Clinical Psychologist
Based: Coventry
Interests/Hobbies: I like playing piano, travelling to new places, baking and walking
Dr. Kayleigh Brown.pdf [pdf] 45KB


Amy Thompson Dr Amy Thompson
Clinical Psychologist
Based: North Warwickshire
Interests/Hobbies: Spending time with my family enjoying the great outdoors, especially at the coast.
Dr Amy Thompson.pdf [pdf] 72


Victoria Q Dr  Victoria Queralt
Clinical Psychologist
Based: South Warwickshire
Interests/Hobbies: I like cycling, walking, baking and spending time with family and friends. 
Dr. Victoria Queralt.pdf [pdf] 44KB


Supratik chakrabortyDr Supratik Chakraborty
Profession: Consultant Paediatrician
Based: Coventry
Dr. Supratik chakraborty.pdf [pdf] 104KB


Suzanne Suzanne Smith
Profession: Clinical Psychologist
Based: South Warwickshire
Suzanne Smith.pdf [pdf] 46KB


How to Contact us

We have a  single point of entry referral system. If you are concerned about a child or young person who is having significant difficulties visit your GP or speak to your child’s school.


How to refer

ND-Assessment-referral-form.pdf [pdf] 278KB

ND-Assessment-referral-form.docx [docx] 64KB

Neurodevelopmental Service Prioritisation Criteria 2019 for professionals.docx [docx] 36KB


How to find us

Our Neurodevelopmental service is based at the following locations.

Coventry The exterior of a large hospital. Different blocks. Car park. Cars. Roads. Parking. Approach.
City of Coventry Health Centre                                      
Stoney Stanton Road
Telephone: 024 76961226
Fax: 024 7696 1409
Monday-Friday 8.30am-5pm


North Warwickshire whitestone clinic
Whitestone Centre
Magyar Crescent
CV11 4SG
Telephone: 024 7664 1799
Fax: 024 7632 0305
Monday-Friday 8.30am-5pm


Rugbythe railings
Hunter House 
Woodside Park 
The Railings
CV21 2AW
(Sat Nav postcode: CV21 2NP)
Telephone: 01788 513733
Fax: 01788 513735

South Warwickshire         orchard house       
(Warwick district including Leamington Spa, Kenilworth and Southam) 
Orchard House
83 Radford Road
Leamington Spa
CV31 1JQ
Telephone: 01926 881 640
Fax: 01926 435 207
Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

Stratford Healthcare    stratford healthcare exterior
Building 2, Floor 2
Arden Street
CV37 6NQ
Telephone: 01789 339570
Fax: 01789 417 129




Common conditions we work with

Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Information: Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) 

ASD Assessment Process in Coventry (Pre School Children)

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. 

Referral - If you are concerned that your child might have ASD then speak to your Health Visitor, giving them a list of behaviours and characteristics that make you think your child might be autistic. 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 Health visitor will carry out an 'Ages and Stages' questionnaire 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 referral will be made to a Paediatrician. 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 'ADOS' assessment. Once the Paediatrician is sure, they will let you know the diagnosis. 

Waiting for assessment - Unfortunately there is at least a year's waiting list for assessment because so many children have been referred. We prioritise those children who are 'Looked After' or have a 'Child Protection Plan' in place, so if that is the case for your child please let us know. 

Pre-assessment session - Whilst you wait for an assessment, you can attend a pre-assessment parent education session. This group session is run by professionals with many years' experience of working with children with autism who give top tips on supporting your child, and information about local services available to help you and your child. This session has had many positive reviews by parents and carers. 

To book a session contact the Neurodevelopmental Service on 024 7696 1226.


ASD Assessment Process in Warwickshire (Pre School Children)

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 in order to support the child to reach their full potential. Find out more about this service.


ASD Assessment Process (School Age Children)

Your child's appointments - When we do an autism assessment, we need to know how your child is getting on at home and school. If they have had assessments by other professional we would like to see their reports. These are usually sent to us by the school, but you might check that they have copies of everything they need. 

Autism Assessment Process.pdf [pdf] 99KB

You and your child will be offered two appointments with one of our clinicians. We have found that our assessments are best when the child's teacher, or an assistant, comes into the appointment too; we can then ask them directly about your child's behaviour in school, and their progress in learning. If you are comfortable with this, please invite someone who knows your child well to come with you. 

In the first appointment we will want to talk a lot to your child so we can assess their social skills. This will be quite informal so your child can talk more easily. We do not always need your child to attend the second appointment, but we will discuss that with you.

We will ask about your family, the health and mental health of family members and whether your child has had any traumatic experiences. Some parents may find this difficult, but it is important 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 we start to ask you questions, and we will have the next appointment without your child being present. 

Sometimes it is difficult to be sure whether a child has autism, even after these appointments. If we do need a more detailed look at your child's social interaction we will request an 'ADOS' appointment. We might need to collect more detailed information from you, and then we will do a formal parent interview such as the ' 3Di', 'ADI-R' or 'DISCO'. We do not always need to use these tools to come to a conclusion, but when we do it will mean that you will have additional appointments, and the assessment will then take longer. 

Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule.pdf [pdf] 69KB

ASD Pathway - presentation filmed at a recent conference 


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) also known as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

Information: ADHD/ADD

ADHD Pathway - presentation filmed at a recent conference 



Information: Dyspraxia 

Dyspraxia - information for parents.pdf[pdf] 77KB

Dyspraxia - information for older children.pdf[pdf] 127KB

Dyspraxia - information for younger children.pdf[pdf] 125KB



Your Assessment

Neurodevelopmental Disorders such as Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Developmental Coordination Disorder (Dyspraxia) are not an illnesses or diseases, they are something children are born with. People with Neurodevelopmental Disorders often do not have a learning disability or a mental health concern but they may find it hard to communicate with other people, find concentrating on school work really tricky and may also struggle with everyday tasks such as getting themselves dressed.

Children and young people with Neurodevelopmental Disorders may need some extra help from their parents, carers and teacher. To understand if a child/young person has a neurodevelopmental disorder an assessment will be completed by talking to the them, their parents and finding out how they get on in their educational or other settings. 

To find out more about:

Autism, click on the link here

Developmental Coordination Disorder click on the link here

ADHD click on the link here

Our first meeting with you

Image showing 60 minute meeting

We will talk to you and your parents or carers about your interests, your friendships and the way you get along with people. We will also ask about anything you find more difficult to do. 


Our second meeting with you

Image showing second 60 minute meeting

We will talk to you and your parents and carers about how you have grown up, how you get on with people and the way you usually behave. We will also ask about your health, and your family's health. 



Sometimes we will need to do some extra assessments if we need any more details. 

We will hold a special interview with your parents or carers, called a 3Di, and ADI-R, or a DISCO 

We will hold a special session with you through talking and activities, or playing. This is called an ADOS assessment.

You may also need to see an Occupational Therapist in the team who will talk to you about your sensory needs and do some activities with you to check out your balance and coordination.

If you live in South Warwickshire you will be seen in either Stratford Health Centre or Orchard House in Leamington Spa

If you live in Rugby you will be seen at the Railings

If you live in North Warwickshire you will be seen at Whitestone Clinic

If you live in Coventry we will have our meetings with you at the City of Coventry Health Centre.

Below are photos of where you will be going:


City of Coventry Health Centre

City of Coventry Health Centre

Ground floor Reception and lift:

City of Coventry Health Centre reception           City of Coventry Health Centre lift

You will come up to Children and Young People Services on the 4th floor  and book in at  the Reception desk:

Child and Young People reception

You will be asked to sit down in the waiting room until you are called for your assessment:

Child and Young People Service's waiting area

You will be taken to a clinic room for your assessment:

A clinic room


The Railings

the railings

Orchard House

orchard house


Whitestone Clinic

whitestone clinic


Stratford Healthcare Centre

stratford healthcare exterior

Parent and Carer Resources

Understanding Neurodevelopmental Disorders and creating a toolkit

Session 1: Understanding Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Session 2: Stress Management

Session 3: Vulnerabilities and Safety

Session 4: Creating a Toolkit

Sleep Difficulties in Children and Young People with Neurodevelopmental Disorders


Support sessions

Pre-assessment session (School Age)


Pre-assessment Parent Education Session (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.pptx [pptx] 12MB

Pre-Assessment Education Parents Session slides.pdf [pdf] 3MB

Talking and Listening to your Child

Help with talking and listening - parents workshop.pdf [pdf] 82KB

Occupational Therapy Support

Supporting Sensory Difficulties

Supporting Sensory Difficulties - parents workshop.pdf [pdf] 82KB

Sensory & Anxiety - OT presentation

Practical Life Skills


Emotional Regulation

Emotional Regulation - Introduction


Developing Emotional Regulation 

Emotional Regulation - the challenges

Emotional Regulation - Strategies

Emotional Regulation support.pdf [pdf] 3MB

Sleep Difficulties

Sleep difficulties presentation (When you open the PowerPoint, please click on the sound icon on each slide to hear the presentation): Neurodevelopmental Team Sleep Difficulties Presentation.ppt 3MB

Understanding ADHD

ADHD - Introduction to our Sessions

ADHD - Understanding and Supporting your child

ADHD - Supporting at Home

ADHD - Supporting with Education and School

Coventry and Warwickshire Pre-school Autism Post Diagnosis Support

These Jigsaw sessions are around Autism...putting the pieces together.


1. Understanding Autism:

2. The diagnosis and communication: 

3. The diagnosis and emotional regulation:

4. Understanding your child's sensory needs:

How to understand Developmental Dyspraxia/Coordination Disorder:

Developmental Dyspraxia parent education session (When you open the PowerPoint, please click on the sound icon on each slide to hear the presentation):Developmental Dyspraxia parent education session (3).ppt [ppt] 39MB

Dyspraxia Definition.pdf [pdf] 122KB

Dyspraxia handouts for printing.pdf [pdf] 4MB

Managing Mealtimes - A workshop for parents and carers with a child with ASD

Pre-assessment useful resources

Act for Autism - Passionate about supporting and empowering people involved with autism.

Autism West Midlands - A charity providing a range of support services for children and their families.

Bullying UK - Support and advice on bullying. 

Carers Trust Heart of England - Information, advice and support. There is a Carers' Centre located in Coventry Central Library. 

Children's Community Autism Service (CASS) - For children and young people who are on the neurodevelopmental waiting list for an autism diagnosis, or who have previously received a diagnosis but require support, and their families.

ChildLine - For children who need someone to listen to their worries. 

Coventry and Warwickshire MIND - A mental health charity that also offers support for parents and carers.

Coventry Children and Families First Teams - Support to children and young people aged 0-19 and their families to improve family life and stop issues from becoming more serious. 

Family Information Service - Provide information, advice and one-to-one support for families with children and young people aged 0 to 25 across Warwickshire.

Health for Kids - A fun health website for primary school children and parents. 

Health for Teens - A health website for young people aged 11-16 

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) - A range of therapies for people who are feeling, stressed, anxious, low in mood or depressed. 

National Autistic Society - Information, support and services for people with autism. 

Reach - Service provided by Mind and Relate supporting children and young people in Coventry and Warwickshire who are finding life difficult. 

Samaritans - 24-hour confidential emotional support. 

Special Educational Needs: Information, Advice and Support Service - Coventry City Council service for children and young people up to 25 years of age.

Tiny Tim's Purple Planet - Soft play sessions in Coventry. 

Triple P: Positive Parenting Programme - Tips and strategies to help manage your child's behaviour.

Ten Top Tips for supporting your child - Tips and strategies to help manage your child's behaviour.

Warwickshire County Council Children and Families Service -  They work together to improve children and their families quality of life and ensure they receive early support when they need it.

After Diagnosis

Neurodevelopmental interventions: We offer number of parent education sessions after the ASD diagnosis.

Our new Post Diagnostic interventions will be available for parents/carers & children/young people from February 2020. 

Intervention Understanding ASD and ADHD KS1.pdf [pdf] 238KB

Intervention Understanding ASD and ADHD KS2 plus.pdf [pdf] 239KB

Post-diagnosis useful resources

ASD info Wales - Here you will find information about Autistic Spectrum Disorders (including Autism and Asperger Syndrome), service details, training opportunities and updates on the implementation of the ASD Strategic action Plan for Wales.

Autism Portal - A hub of information provided by Warwickshire County Council.

Cerebra  - A charity for children with neurological conditions.  The Sleep Service can help with a wide range of sleep issues. 

Communication and Interaction Support Service (CIASS) - Specialist service run by Coventry City Council to support mainstream school and early years settings to meet the needs of pupils diagnosed with autism. 

Contact a Family - Information and support for families of children with disabilities.

Coventry Action for Autism Group - Support group run by parents of children with ASD. 

Coventry Children and Young People's Occupational Therapy - For children and young aged 0-19 who have specific difficulties in participating in or completing daily activities. 

HOPE courses - Interactive, group based, self-management support courses for parents and carers of children with ASD or ADHD.

JiM - Autism support for the Polish community

One Voice Parents Group - Coventry group participating in the planning and development of services for disabled children. 

Scope: Face to Face -Befriending service offering emotional support for parents of disabled children, or those with additional needs. 

Short Breaks - Coventry City Council service providing activities for children and young people aged 0-18. 

The Hub, Autism Education Trust - Advice for young people on a variety of topics, including relationships, travel and managing finances.

Therapy Comics - Therapy Comics is trying to develop high-quality, materials for evidence-based interventions commonly used by therapists

Tourettes Action - Support and resources for parents and young people with Tourettes. 

Young Minds - Emotional and mental wellbeing of children and young people.