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Child and Adolescent Neurodevelopmental Assessment 

What to expect and how to prepare for your child's / young person's Neurodevelopmental Assessment 

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Child ADHD Assessment

What appointments will be offered?  

The Child ADHD assessment involves a structured assessment using a clinical interview with an informant and the child / young person. The interview is guided by an assessment tool called the ADHD Child Evaluation (ACE). The appointments are as follows: 

Appointment 1 - up to 1.5 Hours: This is an appointment with the Child / Young Person AND the Informant. In this appointment you will both be asked questions about symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity / impulsivity. The Informant is sent out a questionnaire prior to the appointment to help them to reflect on the areas that they will be asked about in the assessment. This must be completed before the appointment. This can be face to face or online.

Appointment 2 - up to 1.5 Hours: An additional appointment will be offered to the informant to gather any additional information about symptoms, level of impairment, and to go through any questions regarding the developmental history. This can be face to face or online. 

Appointment 3 - up to 40 minutesThe Child / Young Person will be offered an appointment called a QbCheck. This is a 15 minute computerised test, which involves looking at images on a screen and identifying certain patterns in the shapes they see. This can be done face to face in clinic or online.  

Who can be a Primary Informant? 

An ideal informant will be someone who has knowledge or the child / young person including their developmental history. This could be a parent, grandparent, carer, or anyone else assigned parental responsibility. 

How to Prepare as an Informant: 

If you have access to any old school or nursery reports it would be useful to review them before the appointment. Similarly, if you have a red book. It can be helpful to look at photos of them during different stages of their development as this can help to jog your memory. It will also help to complete all of the questionnaires sent, as this will prepare you for the questions that will be asked. 

Will other informants be contacted? 

We routinely contact educational settings to get information about their observations. It would be helpful if you could get a contact who knows them well; who is prepared to contribute to the assessment. In the first instance this will be via questionnaire. If the child has recently moved school / college etc. please also obtain a contact from their previous educational setting.  

How to Prepare the Child / the Young Person: 

In advance of the appointment please talk to the child / young person about ADHD so that they know what to expect. It can be very difficult to get the relevant information otherwise and they may not engage. 

 

You could resources like those below to help discussions: 

Videos: https://youtu.be/YeamHE6Kank 

Leaflets: Famous People with ADHD - ADHD UK

You may want to write down any questions that they have so that they remember to ask them in the appointment

If opting for online appointments; please ensure you have downloaded Teams and you arrive on time to ensure the assessing clinician can complete the assessment. 

All Face to Face appointments will be at our Clinic: 59 Church Road, Hove, BN3 2BD. Please confirm the room number before your arrival.

Child Autism Assessment

What appointments will be offered?  

The Child Autism assessment involves a structured assessment using a clinical interview with an informant who has a good understanding of the child / young person's developmental history. It also involves a structured observation of the child / young person, where they will be asked questions and will be required to complete a series of tasks. The appointments are as follows (not necessarily in this order)

Appointment 1 (ADI-R) - up to 3 hours: This is an appointment for the Informant only. In this appointment, the informant will be asked questions about the child / young person's developmental history.  This can be face to face or online. If there is more than one informant i.e. both parents or a parent a grandparent, this can also be helpful. 

Appointment 2 (ADOS-2)- up to 1.5 Hours: This is an appointment for the child / young person. If they would like a parent / carer to stay, they are welcome to observe but are encouraged not to interact where possible during the assessment. 

Who can be a Primary Informant? 

An ideal informant will be someone who has knowledge or the child / young person including their developmental history. This could be a parent, grandparent, carer, or anyone else assigned parental responsibility. 

How to Prepare as an Informant: 

If you have access to any old school or nursery reports it would be useful to review them before the appointment. Similarly, if you have a red book. It can be helpful to look at photos of them during different stages of their development as this can help to jog your memory. The informant will be asked lots of questions about the child when they were aged between 4-5 years. If you  have any information from around this time (e.g. school reports, psychology reports, speech and language reports) it would be very helpful to bring these to the appointment.

Will other informants be contacted? 

We routinely contact educational settings to get information about their observations. It would be helpful if you could get a contact who knows them well; who is prepared to contribute to the assessment. In the first instance this will be via questionnaire. If the child has recently moved school / college etc. please also obtain a contact from their previous educational setting.  

How to Prepare the Child / the Young Person: 

In advance of the appointment please talk to the child / young person about Autism so that they know what to expect. It can be very difficult to get the relevant information otherwise and they may not engage. 

You may want to write down any questions that they have so that they remember to ask them in the appointment

If opting for online appointments; please ensure you have downloaded Teams and you arrive on time to ensure the assessing clinician can complete the assessment. 

All Face to Face appointments will be at our Clinic: 59 Church Road, Hove, BN3 2BD. Please confirm the room number before your arrival.

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Full Neurodevelopmental Assessment

What appointments will be offered?  

The Full Neurodevelopmental Assessment involves all of the components of an ADHD assessment and an Autism Assessment. The appointments are as follows (not necessarily in this order).  

Appointment 1 (ADI-R) - up to 3 hours: This is an appointment for the Informant only. In this appointment, the informant will be asked questions about the child / young person's developmental history.  This can be face to face or online. If there is more than one informant i.e. both parents or a parent a grandparent, this can also be helpful. 

Appointment 2 (ADOS-2)- up to 1.5 Hours: This is an appointment for the child / young person. If they would like a parent / carer to stay, they are welcome to observe but are encouraged not to interact where possible during the assessment. 

Appointment 3 - up to 40 minutesThe Child / Young Person will be offered an appointment called a QbCheck. This is a 15 minute computerised test, which involves looking at images on a screen and identifying certain patterns in the shapes they see. This can be done face to face in clinic or online. 

 

Appointment 4 - up to 1.5 Hours: This is an appointment with the Child / Young Person AND the Informant. In this appointment you will both be asked questions about symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity / impulsivity. The Informant is sent out a questionnaire prior to the appointment to help them to reflect on the areas that they will be asked about in the assessment. This must be completed before the appointment. This can be face to face or online. 

Who can be a Primary Informant? 

An ideal informant will be someone who has knowledge or the child / young person including their developmental history. This could be a parent, grandparent, carer, or anyone else assigned parental responsibility. 

How to Prepare as an Informant: 

If you have access to any old school or nursery reports it would be useful to review them before the appointment. Similarly, if you have a red book. It can be helpful to look at photos of them during different stages of their development as this can help to jog your memory. The informant will be asked lots of questions about the child when they were aged between 4-5 years. If you  have any information from around this time (e.g. school reports, psychology reports, speech and language reports) it would be very helpful to bring these to the appointment.

Will other informants be contacted? 

We routinely contact educational settings to get information about their observations. It would be helpful if you could get a contact who knows them well; who is prepared to contribute to the assessment. In the first instance this will be via questionnaire. If the child has recently moved school / college etc. please also obtain a contact from their previous educational setting.  

How to Prepare the Child / the Young Person: 

In advance of the appointment please talk to the child / young person about ADHD so that they know what to expect. It can be very difficult to get the relevant information otherwise and they may not engage. 

 

You could resources like those below to help discussions: 

Videos: https://youtu.be/YeamHE6Kank 

Leaflets: Famous People with ADHD - ADHD UK

You may want to write down any questions that they have so that they remember to ask them in the appointment

If opting for online appointments; please ensure you have downloaded Teams and you arrive on time to ensure the assessing clinician can complete the assessment. 

Please note, additional appointments may be required if further information is needed. 

All Face to Face appointments will be at our Clinic: 59 Church Road, Hove, BN3 2BD. Please confirm the room number before your arrival.

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