Diagnostic care

North Lincolnshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) diagnostic care provides neurodevelopmental assessments and diagnoses to children aged 5 years and over for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and to children aged 6 years and over for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

We aim to complete assessments within a three month timescale. Our assessment process involves:

  • Meeting with the child or young person and the family to discuss the presenting difficulties
  • Liaison with school and any other professionals involved with the child’s care
  • Observation of the child within the clinic and education setting
  • Individual work with the child, for example play sessions
  • Completion of standardised questionnaires
  • Psychometric assessments completed with the child which may include a cognitive assessment, tests to explore various facets of attention, and an Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS assessment).

Once the assessment process is complete, the family are invited to attend a feedback appointment with the lead clinician to review their child’s draft Clinical Psychology Report. Once finalised, this is shared with the network supporting the child and the family discharged from the service. In some cases, there may be a role for ongoing support within CAMHS, for example where mental health concerns have been identified. In these cases, the child will be internally referred to the relevant care pathway.

We are not commissioned to provide post-diagnostic care, however, we will routinely offer recommendations to families and professionals identifying what ongoing support is required for the child / young person. We are able to signpost and/or refer families on to local agencies who provide post-diagnostic support.