Dear parents, carers,
We want to guide you on, if you suspect that your child might have Autism, ADHD, Learning difficulty, or in general any neurodevelopment disorder or neurodisability.
Please Seek early advice.
Advice, and assessment can be requested from Health visitor, your GP and some cases school nurses. They are the professionals who could arrange an appropriate referral to a Child Development Centre for assessment and intervention.
Most parents are observant; if they suspect neurodevelopment issues, my advice is, do not wait more than 3-4 months to acquire a diagnosis. Time is of the essence and crucial in case of children’s growth and development.
Early diagnosis, early intervention brings a better outcome. Children are growing you should try your best to address your concern if you have any.
Of course your best route and approach is NHS setups, but unfortunately, there are hundreds, thousands of cases which need to be assessed and therapeutic support provided.
And after assessment, once the diagnosis has been established, then the difficult task begins of support for the child. Support should be in the form of regular therapeutic support, up to the mark in some cases intense. Otherwise, provision is unsatisfactory and likely to fail.
Please note NHS wait lists are long and under pressure. There is a severe shortage of resources, waiting time could be lengthy. If even the NHS could take the case, but their provision of therapeutic sessions may not be sufficient. For example, in a case of Autism 4-6 sessions of speech therapy per month is not enough.
That’s the reason my advice to parents, take matters into your hands. Explore all the available sources, one of the most important your role may be with the help of professionals, is to educate, train your selves to do speech therapy with your Autistic child. You are available 24/7, can give your child 1:1 support instead 1 to 30 or 60.
In our set up ,if the parents are not in position to continue with the therapy sessions,and if required we will train and provide learning resources for the parents to continue the therapeutic sessions uninterrupted.