Children’s Autism Assessment Service

The Children's Autism Assessments Service is based in both Harrogate and Hambleton and Richmondshire, and provides an autism assessment and diagnosis pathway for children and young people aged 0-19.

I am looking for an autism assessment

The Autism Assessment Service is based in Harrogate and Hambleton and Richmondshire, and provides an autism assessment pathway for children and young people aged 0-19.

The autism assessment is designed to capture a full developmental profile, including identifying strengths and challenges. We aim to gather information from a range of sources – the young person, their parent(s)/ carer(s), school or other setting and any other professionals involved.

Making a referral

In submitting a referral form, you are agreeing that the child/young person being referred has a GP within the Harrogate or Hambleton & Richmondshire area. The information you provide on these forms will be shared with the Early Help Team. If we think it is appropriate, we may also take the referral to the Multi-Agency Team Meeting to consider whether onward referrals to other services may also be helpful. This will involve sharing the referral information with Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), Social Care, Compass Phoenix and other providers of care.  For further information about information sharing, please refer to the privacy notice on our website:  www.hdft.nhs.uk/privacy-notices

Children/ Young people referred in May can expect to wait approximately 38 months.  This is an estimate and will vary depending on the complexity of assessments, frequency of missed appointments and number of assessments commissioned in future.

Month of referral Approximate waiting time in months
May 2024 38

Download this form if you’re a parent or carer who wants to refer their child/young person for an autism assessment

Download this form if you’re a young person (16-17 years old) who wants to refer yourself for an autism assessment

Download this form if you’re a professional who wants to refer a child/young person for autism assessment

Check our service is the right one for you

We will communicate with you via secure email. When we first send you an email, we will ask you to setup a secure email account. If you would prefer to setup an account now, download the leaflet below that has instruction on how to do this.

Download the Accessing Encrypted Email Guide

If you are also considering an ADHD assessment, you can find the referral form in our Resources section of our website under ‘Other Neurodivergence’. The NeuroPack form can be filled out and sent to CAMHS as this is a separate service.

Consent

You can download our Pre-Assessment Leaflet to prepare for your assessment and the Information about your appointment to see what your appointment will involve.

Pros and Cons of Assessment

I am on the waiting list

Courses to support parenting children and young people with additional needs:

Solihull link – inourplace | Solihull Approach | Online courses

Unlocking Autism – Training & Events | NYES Info and search for ‘unlocking autism’

Links to local services

·       Ohana Parent Support Group

https://ohanacharity.co.uk/

Parent support group based in Ripon for families coping with the unique challenge that is involved in raising a child with special educational needs or a disability.

  • ‘Pathways Ripon’ support group on Facebook – a safe space for parents and carers of neurodivergent/special needs children to support each other.
  • Neurodiverse Community Catterick

https://ndccatterick.co.uk/

NeuroDiverse Community Catterick is a service founded to offer neurodivergent support. We receive referrals from both GPs and social prescribers. Our members are from different backgrounds except for one – being neurodiverse.

  • SEN Hub Harrogate – Parental Support group on Facebook and Instagram
  • Harrogate & District NAS Branch

https://www.autism.org.uk/what-we-do/branches/nas-harrogate-and-district-branch

The branch offers support to families in Harrogate, Richmondshire and Craven who have an autistic member.

  • POSCH (Parents & Carers of Special Children) supporting families of children with additional and special needs.

https://posch.org.uk/

We are a small charity supporting parents and families of children with additional and special needs who live in the Hambleton, Richmondshire and surrounding areas.

  • Daisy Chain Project

https://www.daisychainproject.co.uk/autism-central/

A programme co-designed to provide high-quality and accessible autism information, education and coaching for families, and carers, and co-delivered by autistic people, families and carers.

  • Time Together

http://www.timetogether.info/

A local charity supporting disabled and autistic people to live life well.

  • Autism Angels

https://www.autismangels.co.uk/

At Autism Angels we strive to balance the needs of the child with those of their siblings and you as their parents. Our aim is that we can provide you with a place where you feel welcomed, accepted and find the support and guidance that you need.

  • SENDIASS North Yorkshire

https://sendiassnorthyorkshire.co.uk/

SENDIASS North Yorkshire is a service for parents and carers of young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) as well as young people themselves. It is impartial, which means it is not biased and gives confidential information, advice and support that is arm’s length to the Local Authority.

  • Kids Inclusive Social Saturday

https://hadca.org.uk/directory/organisation/5242

Every Saturday during term time. Activities for children of all abilities 5 – 18 years. Specialist staff can support children with disabilities and health care issues.

Free activities for children and young people.

  • Geek Retreat Harrogate

https://geek-retreat.uk/stores/geek-retreat-harrogate/

We are on a mission to share our love for all things geeky – from games and superhero movies to anime and sci-fi. Geek Retreat is the friendliest place to meet, eat, trade and game.

Feedback

We welcome feedback and the anonymised results are shared regularly with the commissioners of our service. We also use the findings to improve our practice.

Autism Team Feedback – Awaiting an Assessment

Survey Link (for Patients): https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/AutismServices-WaitingList

Preparing for assessment and information about our service

We invite you to share new information with us as your child nears the top of our waiting list. Here are a range of questionnaires that you, your child and others who know them well can complete and return in advance of the assessment.

  • Supplementary Information Form: If you have any extra information that you would like us to know while you are on our waiting list, or if you feel anything has changed, please full out this form.
  • Professional’s Questionnaire: Please ask someone from school who knows the young person best to fill out this form with school information
  • All-About-Me-Questionnaire-v2: This form can be filled out by any child or young person and this helps us learn more about them before the assessment.
  • Adaptive Morphing Questionnaire: This questionnaire can be filled out by the young person to help us figure out how they feel in different social situations.
  • Camouflaging Questionnaire: This questionnaire can be filled out by older teens to give us more information on what strategies they use to fit in, act more like a non-autistic person, compensate in social situations and more
  • Young Person additional information to share: This detailed form allows young people tell us about how they prefer to communicate and how we can tailor an assessment to their needs, as well as help us learn more about them before the assessment.

You can download our Pre-Assessment Leaflet and the Parent Interview – What to expect to prepare for your assessment and the Information about your appointment to see what your appointment will involve.

You can let us know your/your child’s preferences during the assessment:

Assessment Preferences Questionnaire

Key Staff

Dr Beth Billington: Team Lead and Clinical Psychologist

Helen Cairns: Speech and Language Therapist

 

Laura Edwards: Speech and Language Therapist

 

Sophie Finch: Speech and Language Therapist

Hayley Hartley: Assistant Psychologist

 

Dr Ewan McNeill: Clinical Psychologist

 

Rachel Molyneux: Case Coordinator

 

Dr Siobhan Dunleavy: Clinical Psychologist

 

Susan Saunders: Occupational Therapist

 

Sharon White: Speech and Language Therapist

 

 Sarah Barrett: Admin Co-ordinator

 

 

 

Rachel Geary: Speech and Language Therapist

Ella Oakley: Assistant Psychologist

Lauren Norton: Administration Assistant

Joseph Merrick: Assistant Psychologist

 

Vicky McDonald: Deputy Admin Team Lead 

Heather Kenny: Occupational Therapist

Harrogate

Autism Assessment appointments in Harrogate are usually at the Child Development Centre.

This is the address:

Child Development Centre
Wing F, 207
Harrogate District Hospital
Lancaster Park Road
Harrogate
HG2 7SX

reception desk
Reception
Harrogate District Hospital waiting room
Waiting room
plain room with chair and tables
Clinic Room

Hambleton & Richmondshire

Autism Assessment appointments in Hambleton & Richmondshire are usually at the Friarage Hospital Children’s Outpatients Department

The Friarage
Northallerton
North Yorkshire
DL6 1JG

The Friarage switchboard: 01609 779911

Entrance to children’s unit
Reception
Waiting Area
Clinic room (where we do our activities)

Children’s Autism Assessments Service Pathway

This powerpoint presentation explains recent service changes. You can listen to audio narration by watching the slide show, and the script is in the notes section.

I have already had an assessment

Follow-up packs:

Download this Follow-Up Pack with resources and information if you received a diagnosis.

Download this Non diagnosis Follow-Up Pack with resources and information if you did not receive a diagnosis.

Courses to develop understanding of autism and child development.

Solihull link – https://inourplace.co.uk/

Unlocking Autism – Training & Events | NYES Info and search for ‘unlocking autism’

For more resources on a range of topics related to autism and neurodiversity please see our Autism Resources Page.

Feedback

We welcome feedback and the anonymised results are shared regularly with the commissioners of our service. We also use the findings to improve our practice.

Autism Team Feedback – Assessment Started/Completed

Survey Link (for Patients): https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2PRSR28

Do you want to be involved?

As a service we are always striving to be as up to date and relevant as possible and you could help us achieve this. We are constantly evolving through updating our information and revising the assessment process and your feedback as a service user would be invaluable.  If this is something you would be interested in doing please complete this form and email it back to [email protected]

Explaining Autism to Children

Below are some resources to help understand what autism is.

For more useful resources visit our Children’s Autism Resources page

Neuro Bears

YouTube video aimed at young autistic people at pre-school or primary school age to educate and increase understanding of their autistic experience.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=_490q6LaHIY

Amazing Things Happen

YouTube Video that introduces autism and aims to raise awareness for non-autistic young people. Great resource to share with parents and teachers.

amazingthingshappen.tv/?projects=amazing-things-happen

Immie’s Signs to Spot Autism

YouTube video where Immie discusses her diagnosis, experience in education, ‘masking’ and spotting undiagnosed autism.

www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=hqioYJGbpNs

For more resources on a range of topics related to autism and neurodiversity, please click here