What will happen at the assessment?

When your child/young person’s name comes to the top of the waiting list we allocate a lead clinician to work with parents and the child/young person. The clinician will send you an appointment letter. In the team, we have a wide range of professionals. These include:

  • Clinical and Educational Psychologists
  • Specialist Occupational Therapists
  • Specialist Speech and Language Therapists
  • A Learning Disability Nurse
  • A Paediatrician
  • A Psychiatrist
  • A Psychotherapist
  • Administrators

The assessment process will be led by one of these professionals on behalf of the team. At the first appointment, the lead clinician will meet with parents/carers without the child present. This is a lengthy appointment and can last up to 3 hours. At this appointment, parents will be led through a series of questions so that we fully understand the child’s development and difficulties since they were young. Parents may ask any questions they wish or explore any issues important to them at this appointment.

At this appointment, an assessment plan will be agreed between parents and the lead clinician. Some children may require a range of appointments others may only require 1 or 2 appointments. This plan depends on how much is already known about a child and what may need further assessment.

After each step in the assessment process, the lead clinician may wish to gain views from colleagues in the wider team or from other services. The lead will let you know about this process and when it will happen. Some children may also need to be seen at home or at school. Once the assessment is started the appointments will be fairly close together. Most children’s appointments are spread over just 2 to 3 weeks.

At the conclusion of the assessment, the lead clinician will meet with parents/carers and/or the child. At this final appointment, the outcomes from the assessment will be explained, a diagnosis may be given or an alternative explanation for difficulties offered. Whether or not to include the child/young person in this appointment will be decided between parents and the lead clinician.

Easy Read Assessment Information

All clinic appointments take place at Chelmsley Wood Primary Care Centre. Images are of Reception, Waiting Area and a clinic room.

How long does an assessment take?

The length of the assessment process varies from child to child. Appointments also vary in length as some children can only concentrate for a short period of time. At the first appointment, an assessment plan will be agreed between parents and the lead clinician. Some children may require a range of appointments others may only require 1 or 2 appointments. This plan depends on how much is already known about a child and what may need further assessment.

The assessment is usually completed within a month from the start date and consists of a range of different appointment types.

Children with different parenting arrangements

Many children are cared for in different ways. If parenting of a child varies during the week we do like to get views from both parents. If this may cause you any difficulties please speak to your lead clinician so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Parents are welcome to bring along someone to support them if they wish. Please speak to your lead clinician if you wish to discuss this.

Any parents or carers who may need adjustments to be made e.g. Support with English, understanding/reading documentation or difficulties attending should always speak to their lead clinician.

The name of the lead clinician will be on your first appointment letter.

What happens after the assessment?

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