If you feel that your child may be displaying social communication difficulties indicating that they may be on the Autistic Spectrum, an assessment can help to better understand their needs and may lead to a diagnosis.
We understand that the diagnostic assessment process can sometimes feel confusing – this guide has been developed to help you navigate the system and to explain the different ways in which children and young people can be referred for a diagnostic assessment in Bromley.
For school age children who may have social communication needs/difficulties, the Inclusion Lead or SENCO at the education setting will be advised to use the toolkit available on Bromley Education Matters (bottom of the page):
It is suggested schools complete the Social Communication Toolkit in the first instance to help them identify the difficulties the child is showing and what support the child needs.The toolkit’s documents are designed to be used flexibly. If there are social communication concerns in school, the school may want to seek the advice of the Education Psychologist, Inclusion Support Advisory Team (ISAT) or a Behaviour Support Service.
The multi-disciplinary meeting (CCDS)
After a Community Paediatrician has referred the child to the multi-disciplinary meeting, CCDS (Complex Communication Diagnostic Service), there are two possible outcomes:
- The referral does not have enough evidence included for the professionals to make an informed decision, or it is decided that the child would require further observation before they can be referred again.
- The referral is agreed and the ASD assessment will be initiated.