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Formerly Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Following an assessment with a Community Paediatrician your child may be referred on for an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnostic assessment with CAMHS.

This is a specialist assessment carried out by a multidisciplinary team. Your child may be seen jointly by a paediatrician, Speech and Language therapist, psychologist, education psychologist or complex needs nurse or your child may be seen by the SLT and complex needs nurse first and then a follow up appointment will be carried out with the paediatrician to feedback the assessment findings.

The assessment involves one member of the team, talking with you and finding out about:

  • your concerns, and those of your child if appropriate
  • how your child has been getting on at home, in nursery or school, or in care
  • your child’s past and present health, and that of the family
  • your child’s behaviour and development
  • observe your child


When the members of the team have completed their assessment they use all the information from the assessment, the information you have given them and any information from your child’s school/preschool or other professionals who work with your child to help them come to a decision about whether your child may have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).


Help at home

If you need support then the following services are available:


Useful Infomation


Useful Information for Adults

Yewdale Counselling Service

Wonder Women leaflet 

Divine Days

Diddi Diva’s

Diddi Tots

Manarchy Group

Sleepy time Group



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