Rotherham Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) provide a specialist assessment for children with neurodevelopmental disorders. The assessment will look at all your child’s strengths and weaknesses to provide a full developmental profile. We may also assess their cognition and learning ability and their functional skills. As part of this assessment we aim to gather as much information to help with our assessment; this will include liaising with school and any other professionals involved.
What is an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?
Autism Spectrum Disorder describes a set of specific strengths and difficulties that may affect how your child learns, communicates and builds relationships with others. It is a life-long condition and it affects how your child makes sense of the world around them. Whilst two children may have similar difficulties their ASD may also affect them in very different ways. Please find below a link to the National Autistic Society for more information
What is an Attention Hyperactivity Deficit Disorder (ADHD)?
If your child has ADHD they may have lots of energy and find it difficult to concentrate. They may get distracted very easily and find it hard to control their speech and actions. ADHD is one of the most common childhood disorders and can continue through adolescence and into adulthood. Symptoms often become noticeable between the ages of 3-7 years.
A related condition ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) has similar difficulties however it doesn’t involve constant movement and fidgeting and the main problem is a difficulty concentrating.
What we do?
Our assessment includes the following:
Click on the picture to link to the Rotherham Local SEND offer
In Rotherham we know that families are waiting too long for their assessment. This is reflected in other areas across the country. NHS partners are working together to understand the current high demand for ASD diagnosis. As part of the ASD diagnosis process, NHS Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group (RCCG) has asked Healios to work with RDaSH, the current provider, to offer an option of online diagnosis where this is appropriate for the individual, based on need.
ADHD POST DIAGNOSIS PATHWAY
What happens after have I been diagnosed?
Once the Neurodevelopmental assessment process is completed, a referral will be made to the ADHD Post Diagnosis Team. An initial appointment with your child / parent and or carer will be offered where we will discuss your/your child’s ADHD diagnosis and create a holistic treatment plan that addresses psychological, behavioural and educational needs.
We will advise you by offering and signposting you to education and information on the causes and impact of ADHD along with additional resources and strategies. ADHD and behavioural strategies will be offered through the 123 magic parenting programme. With consent, the team will also liaise with your child’s school or college and offer classroom strategies if required. Medication will be offered if ADHD symptoms are causing a persistent significant impairment after strategies have been implemented and environmental adjustments have been made.
During the first appointment, the CAMHS nurse may need to take your child’s height, weight and blood pressure as a baseline measurement. If medication is started your child will visit the CAMHS ADHD clinic every 3-6 months to be reviewed.
What happens once I turn 18?
When you/your child turns 17, the ADHD CAMHS nurse will begin to discuss the process of ‘transition’ to the adult service. This involves an appointment with the CAMHS ADHD nurse to discuss a collaborative and person-centred plan of care with you and your parent/carer. This appointment will include what to expect from the adult service, where you can find it and who your new worker will be.
The last appointment will be a joint appointment with your CAMHS ADHD nurse and the Adult ADHD Nurse. This appointment will be led by the Adult ADHD Nurse but your CAMHS ADHD nurse will be there to support you.
Links to further information
The Family Lives website has advice & information for parents at every stage of a child’s life – Early Years Development, Primary and Secondary Education, Teenagers and Bullying. Specifically, they have a section on SEND which provides information and advice about Special Educational Needs, along with sleep advice and fun things to do. They also have confidential helplines, forums, parenting advice videos and online parenting courses.
This website explains the symptoms and causes of ADHD, how ADHD affects the brain, co-existing conditions and positive traits. It has a section around living with ADHD and an overview of this at each stage in life (childhood, adolescence and adulthood).
provides free, relevant, practical information about a range of mental health issues in children and young people. It has information about feelings and symptoms, conditions and looking after yourself. It also has some specific information about self-harm and what to do about self-harm.