This meeting is so that we can get to know you and your child better and understand what has brought you to the service. We aim to be friendly and warm service and our aim to make you and your child feel comfortable and relaxed. If you feel there is anything we can do to make you or your child feel more comfortable for your first appointment please let us know before you attend.
This is a meeting with the parents, carers/guardians to complete a detailed developmental history. This will usually involve us talking to you about your child’s early years from newborn, through to toddlerhood and up to the present day. We really want to get an understanding of your child’s development.
It can sometimes be helpful for parents to bring with them any past reports, your child’s red baby record or any documents from nursery or educational settings that may be helpful.
For the majority of children we see we will need to speak with your child’s school or educational setting and any other professionals involved in their care and support. This could be a family worker, youth worker, social worker etc.
In some cases, we will complete a school observation in an educational setting. In most instances, this will mean a member of our service will attend your child’s school to look at how they behave and react within this environment.
To assess your child we use assessment tools. Different tools are used depending on the information we have gathered from your family and professionals. Some times more than one tool will be required and this is not uncommon, particularly if your child has a number of different needs that we should consider.
The types of assessment tools we commonly use are:
Once we have completed the assessment process above, all information is brought together and considered by the Neurodevelopmental Service. This will include a multi-disciplinary team discussion, where professionals from within our service meet, to develop your child’s profile of need and an understanding of their strengths and challenges. The outcome of this discussion may or may not include a diagnosis. There may also be a need at this time for a further assessment or a referral to another service. The outcome of this meeting and the assessment will be communicated with you.
Your family will be invited to a feedback appointment to discuss the outcome of the assessment and the next steps. In some cases, there may be a role for continued support with the service, for example where we can offer support through our workshops or in some cases via one to one interventions and/or medication (See the Support Section of this Booklet for further information). Please note that this support may be time limited.