Neurodevelopmental Team (Children's)

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

  • Address: Paybody Bulding, CV1 4FS

About this Service

Telephone number: 024 7696 1226
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.

Child and Family Neurodevelopmental Service.pdf[pdf] 371KB


Who we are

City of Coventry Health Centre

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

In Warwickshire we have teams of Clinical Psychologists from CWPT, Speech and Language Therapy colleagues from South Warwickshire Foundation Trust and Educational Psychologists from the Local Authority.
 

Here are some of our team members:

Gemma Cartwright Service Manager


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

Kelly Garrington


Kelly Garrington
Profession
: Occupational Therapist
Interests/Hobbies: "Making cakes and knitting"
More about Kelly.pdf [pdf] 78KB

 

Heather Moran


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

 

Susanne Friess
Dr. Susanne Friess
Profession:
Consultant in Paediatric Neurodisability
Interest/Hobbies: “Going for long walks with my dog, listening to music,
watching movies andreading books”
More about Dr Freiss.pdf [pdf] 250KB

Shamsah Afzal


Shamsah Afzal
Profession:
Children’s Occupational Therapist
Interest/Hobbies: "Chocolates, walking, kickboxing and dancing. My favourite colour is pink and I love butterflies"
More about Shamsah.pdf [pdf] 138KB
Elizabeth Gray

Elizabeth Gray
Occupational Therapist

 


Claire Fenton


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

 

Penny Thompson

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

 

Ceri Anne Whisker


Ceri-Anne Whisker
Profession:
Speech and Language Therapist
Interest/Hobbies:  "Baking and dancing"
More about Ceri-Anne.pdf [pdf] 168KB

 

Dr Nisheela Baxter

Dr. Nisheela Baxter
Profession:
Clinical Psychologist
Interest/Hobbies: "Travelling, particularly to Japan with its unique culture,
watching TV shows and playing video games”
More about Dr Baxter.pdf [pdf] 168KB

 

Poli Begum

Poli Begum
Profession: Counselling Psychologist
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

 

Mia Harrison


Mia Harrison
Profession:
Clinical Psychologist
Interest/Hobbies: "Listening to music"
More about Dr Harrison.pdf [pdf] 77KB

 

 

 

NatNatalie Hall 
Profession
: ND Practitioner
Interests/Hobbies: I like baking, watching rugby, reading and being by the sea.
Natalie Hall.pdf [pdf] 47KB

 

 

 

Fouzia Manzoor Fouzia
Profession: Clinical Coordinator
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
Profession:
Clinical Psychologist
Interests/Hobbies: I like playing piano, travelling to new places, baking and walking
Dr. Kayleigh Brown.pdf [pdf] 45KB

 

Lisa HeywoodLisa H 
Profession: Occupational Therapist
Interests/Hobbies: I enjoy baking, Zumba and spending time with my family.
Lisa Heywood.pdf [pdf] 46KB

 

 

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

 

 

Clara McDonald  Clara
Profession: Speech and Language Therapist
Interests/Hobbies: I like reading and listening to audiobooks, going for walks in the country side and cooking.
Clara McDonald.pdf [pdf] 48KB

 

 

Dr. Claire Rowbury Dr Claire Rowbury
Profession:
Clinical Psychologist
Hobbies and Interests: Walking my dog and playing the flute
Dr. Claire Rowbury.pdf [pdf] 89KB

 


 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 


Helen Rogers Helen Rogers
Profession: Nurse-Team Leader
Interest/Hobbies: “My interests include shopping, listening to music, singing and playing my piano.  I also love my pet dog and three bunnies”
More about Helen.pdf [pdf] 47KB

 

 

 

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
Coventry
CV1 4FS
Telephone: 024 76961226
Fax: 024 7696 1409
Monday-Friday 8.30am-5pm


 


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


 


Rugbythe railings
Hunter House 
Woodside Park 
The Railings
Rugby
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 1, Floor 2
Arden Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6NQ
Telephone: 01789 414 643
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 

 


Dyspraxia

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

Support sessions

 

1 

Accessing Local Resources and Top Tips for Common Difficulties (school age).pdf[pdf] 82KB

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

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

Preschool supporting behaviour communication accessing local support.pdf [pdf] 101KB

 

 

2

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

 

 

3 

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

 

 4

Emotional Regulation support.pdf [pdf] 3MB

Watch our four part series on emotional regulation: part one, part two, part three, part four.

 

How to understand Developmental Dyspraxia/Coordination Disorder:

Developmental Dyspraxia parent education session (3).ppt [ppt] 39MB

Dyspraxia Definition.pdf [pdf] 122KB

Dyspraxia handouts for printing.pdf [pdf] 4MB


Pre-assessment useful resources

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. 

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. 

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.
 

After Diagnosis

Neurodevelopmental interventions: We offer number of parent education sessions after the ASD diagnosis. Please find more information in the documents below.  

Post Diagnosis Information Session (Coventry).pdf [pdf] 77KB

Post Diagnosis Information Session (Warwickshire).pdf [pdf] 59KB

Helping to manage anxiety for children and young people aged 8+ years.pdf [pdf] 77KB

Managing anxiety for children with ASD and ADHD.pdf [pdf] 83KB

Managing Angry Behaviour.pdf [pdf] 83KB

Communicate with Confidence Group for Children and Young People Group (7+years).pdf [pdf] 67KB

Cygnet Group.pdf [pdf] 83KB

Xplore ADHD Information Session(Warwickshire).pdf [pdf] 82KB


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.