ASD / ADHD Team
What is Autism?
Autism is a lifelong condition that affects how people communicate
and interact with others.
Autism affects people in different ways but most autistic people see, hear and experience the world differently from people without autism.
It is estimated about 1 in every 100 people in the UK is autistic. More boys and men are diagnosed with autism than girls and women, but it is now thought older girls and women may manage their condition differently and are therefore under diagnosed.
Although there is no “cure” for autism, with the right support many autistic people live fulfilled and active lives. (NHS 2019)
What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?
ADHD is an umbrella term which includes Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Someone with ADHD might have significant attention problems, appear restless, fidgety, over active and impulsive.
ADHD is a neuro behavioural condition which can result from a number of factors which affect how the brain functions. Studies show that ADHD may affect certain areas of the brain that allow us to solve problems, plan ahead, understand others actions, and
control our impulses.
ADHD can be characterised by three areas:Mental Health Foundation 2019
Attention, Hyperactivity and Impulsivity.
What our service provides
Our Specialist Nurses will offer an initial assessment and/or re-assessment after referral, to discuss the needs of the child or young person. This will either be in the home or at clinic. If a need for further intervention is identified, one of our team will support the child / young person and their family with personalised strategies. This might include behaviour management or help to improve the child’s emotional wellbeing.
We support children and young people up to the age of 19 years. The child or young person must have a confirmed diagnosis of ADHD or ASD which has been given by a Paediatrician or Psychiatrist, and be registered with a Sefton GP. Parents / carers are required to opt into the Service before an initial assessment is offered. Children / young people not requiring intervention from the Service are discharged, and will remain under the care of Universal Services. Once discharged, a new referral is required.
Parents / carers can access the Service again after discharge by contacting the Team by telephone, providing they have had an initial assessment by one of the Specialist Nurses.
Referrals can be made by Services who are working with the child or young person.
We will also signpost and refer to other relevant Services both statutory and voluntary, as agreed with the parent / carer / child.
Please note we are not commissioned to support school issues.
What do I need to bring with me?
As well as any medication that your child is currently taking including inhalers please bring your child’s red book. If your child is under different specialities at hospitals other than Alder Hey, please bring copies of the most recent clinic letters.
What should we do if we cannot attend the appointment?
If the appointment date or time is not convenient, please contact the Pre-Op Service on
0151 252 5845 and another appointment will be arranged.
Please note: If you do not attend the Pre-Op Clinic appointment your child’s admission could be delayed or even cancelled.
If my child is worried about being admitted can you offer help?
Yes, we can arrange for a play specialist or other members of the team to help prepare your child for their admission.
This leaflet only gives general information. You must always discuss the individual treatment of your child with the appropriate member of staff. Do not rely on this leaflet alone for information about your child’s treatment.
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