ASD/ADHD Diagnostic Pathway

ASD/ADHD Diagnostic Pathway

We are delighted to be able to offer this new service.

It has been designed to ensure a thorough assessment of each young person who passes through the service.

It will include a ASD diagnostic service which has been set up with care and attention to allow a thorough and friendly assessment to take place which will look at the young person in a detailed and holistic manner.

We favour a ‘team approach’ so that a true profile of the young person can be built up and commented on. Any areas of need can then be addressed and supported by the team as a whole.

We prefer this approach as there are a number of different reasons that ASD and sensory traits may occur, and it is important that enough information is gathered so that the correct pathway can be suggested for the family.

Regardless of receiving a diagnosis or not the family should find the whole process helpful and come away feeling supported, with a much better understanding of their child and with recommendations to help with everyday life.

We welcome Dr Mughal to our TCT team who has vast experience in Community Paediatrics especially in the field of Neurodevelopmental conditions (ASD and ADHD) which is his special interest. We have started new ASD & ADHD assessment service at TCT and apart from Dr Mughal, our assessment team includes Specialist Speech & Language Therapist, Educational Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist and Occupational Therapist. This assessment team will be headed by Dr Mughal 

Who is it designed for?

This service is designed for young people between the ages of 3 years and 16 years where a family, school or other professional has concerns that the child may be struggling with social skills, learning or behaviour due to possible underlying ASD diagnosis.


Part A

This initial part of the assessment is for all young people referred into the service. There will be pre-assessment paperwork to complete and then a 1.5 -2 hour consultation with a consultant paediatrician will take place in the comfort of the clinic.

Once this part has been completed and the consultant paediatrician does not feel the young person has underlying ASD, he will compile a summary report/clinic letter and will make some recommendations for the family based on the concerns raised by the parents.

On the other hand, if the consultant paediatrician feels at this point that the young person is possibly functioning on the Autistic Spectrum then he will refer the young person on to parts B & C of the assessment.

If the paediatrician feels at this point that there are other reasons that the young person may be exhibiting certain traits he will discuss with the family and refer on to other professionals or advise accordingly.

Part B

During this part of the assessment if the paediatrician feels it is appropriate the young person will be seen by more members of the team.

Firstly, by an experienced specialist speech and language therapist for a ‘higher level’ SLT assessment. This is to not only will look at core speech and language skills but also to look at higher level language skills such as inference, unspoken cues and social communication, social interaction etc.

Secondly they will be seen by a psychologist who will look at the child’s cognitive function, processing skills, social communication and social interaction skills.

Part C

Finally, the family will be seen for a feedback appointment by the consultant paediatrician who will have discussed all the findings with the ASD team members and will make the final diagnosis if appropriate, provide information on ASD and will make recommendations for help and support for the child and family.

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