What does it do?
The team consists of Clinical Psychologists and Specialist Social Workers. The team uses a combination of assessment methods, including observation in different contexts, interviews with parents, looking at children's abilities and information gathering from people who care for the child. This information can be used as a basis to decide on appropriate intervention and also may be used to contribute to assessment or diagnostic decisions. The Post 5 Autism Assessment Pathway is a multi-disciplinary assessment pathway. The team provide assessment options based on observation, interview and individual assessment. The team also provide follow up support to children and their families. This may on an individual basis or via group parenting programmes. Behavioural Work This may be about introducing routines, exploring forms of communication, longstanding diagnosis, and often parent advice and programmes. This may involve working with families who have children with complex health needs and need to adapt their lifestyles accordingly or deal with the impact of these social/psychological issues. Some of our children may find it difficult to access healthcare for a number of reasons; these may be due to the environment, previous experiences, or difficulties in understanding the need for treatment. We work to help overcome these boundaries. Other concerns may be around sleep, eating, feeding or toileting. These assessments may explore the environment, the routine and also the methods that are used to promote independence. Joint Assessment Clinic for Communication This is a multi disciplinary assessment clinic for children under the age of five. Psychologists, teachers, paediatricians, speech and language therapists and social workers work together to assess whether a child has a communication disorder. The team also run Triple P parenting programmes on a regular basis and these can be accessed in a group or on a individual basis. We offer appointments Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am and 4pm. However, we are also able to offer later appointments on request. We have a flexible approach to working and try to arrange a time to suit the needs of the family who have been referred. The appointments vary in length, which may be up to a couple of hours for a detailed interview or assessment.
Who is it for?
For children and young people up to the age of 12 who have neurodevelopmental disorders, disabilities and complex health needs, where there are concerns about development, behaviour or other psychological issues.
Referrals are from consultant paediatricians and other child development service professionals.
Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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