Children's Autism Assessment Pathway
About the service
The Children’s Therapy Autism Assessment service at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals assesses children and young people aged up to 18 years old.
If you think your child may have Autism, you may wish to refer them for an Autism assessment. You will firstly need to fill out a social communication assessment referral form below:
The referral form has two sections; one to be filled out by parents/carers and one to be filled out by professionals who have contact with your child (this can be education, social workers, portage, health visitors or child minders).
Your referral will either be accepted and progress on, or will be rejected and a letter will be sent to you. If your referral is accepted, you will be put on a waiting list to see a Community Paediatrician in a social communication clinic.
In this clinic the paediatrician will complete a detailed birth and developmental history, and also exclude other possible causes for altered behaviours. If the Paediatrician thinks Autism could explain your child’s differences, then your referral will be progressed onto the Multi-Disciplinary Assessment (MDA) team.
The onward assessment will include different professionals depending on the presentation of your child. Assessment is completed based on need. The MDA team consists of:
- Speech and Language Therapists – for assessment of your child’s social communication skills.
- Occupational Therapists – for assessment of your child’s functional abilities, including their movement patterns and sensory processing needs.
- Clinical Psychologists – for assessment of your child’s social and emotional development.
- ASD Co-ordinators – Either Assistant Psychologist, or Assistant Speech and Language Therapists that may complete aspects of an assessment or gather additional information from you or school if needed.
Following on from assessment, members of our team will discuss your child and provide feedback of the outcome of the assessment, which could be; diagnosed with Autism, Autism diagnosis not given or inconclusive. If inconclusive. Inconclusive diagnoses may require a repeat referral for re-assessment after a period of time to allow for development and learning to take place.
You will receive a report detailing the outcomes and will be given the option to attend our follow up clinic. Within follow-up clinic you have the opportunity to discuss any questions you have about the assessment process or report.
Our team statistics
Between October 2020 to September 2021 we received 1,239 referrals onto the autism assessment pathway. We accepted 1,072 of these referrals. 660 referrals were progressed to multi-disciplinary assessment.
The aim of the pathway is for a child not to wait longer the 12 weeks for their first appointment, and to have the full assessment completed in 26 weeks.
The Autism assessment pathway is fully compliant with NICE guidelines for then assessment of autism.
Useful links and support organisations
Wakefield Local Offer
National Autistic Society Website
NHS Derby Website