If your child is presenting with Social Communication and Interaction challenges, their educational setting and the people supporting them may advise that a Neurodevelopmental assessment is appropriate. This pathway is for ASD and ADHD.
The Neurodevelopmental pathway for under 5’s is covered by the Child Paediatricians Team. Please contact your GP and/or educational setting for more information.
Brent CAMHS serves the Neurodevelopmental pathway for 5 - 18 year olds.
The image above is an easy read of the Neurodevelopmental pathway. Please read below for more information.
Step 1. The Referral: Referral is made by GP, School of health professional
Step 2. Screening questionnaire: Depending on the referral, the family and school are sent a screening questionnaire. Once the referral is received by the Brent CAMHS team it is reviewed by a Duty Clinician. They will ensure the referral meets the threshold for Specialist CAMHS and then a Neurodevelopmental Screening Questionnaire is sent to the school and parents to complete. If a young person is not in school, screening questionnaires are sent to the parents to complete in the first instance.
Step 3. Review: The completed Neurodevelopmental screening questionnaires will be reviewed alongside other paperwork. These, alongside the initial referral and any reports provided by school or referrer are reviewed by the Senior Neurodevelopmental Clinician.
Step 4. The waiting list: If the referral is accepted then your child will be placed on the Neurodevelopmental assessment waiting list and the young person will be provided with signposting information on services they can access whilst waiting to be seen.
If the information provided by parent, school or referrer (if different) is not directly related to neurodevelopmental concerns but there are significant concerns regarding the young person’s mental health, the young person will be placed on a waiting list for a CAMHS assessment.
Step 5. Assessment offered: The young person and family are offered a Neurodevelopmental Assessment with a multi-disciplinary Team (MDT). This includes a detailed neurodevelopmental history from parents, clinical observation and feedback from school. The outcome of the assessment is agreed by the MDT.
Step 6. The outcome: The outcome of assessment is shared with the family in a feedback session. They will also be given a report and advice on next steps.