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Who we are

Our Neurodevelopment Pathway Team works with children and young people with complex neurodevelopmental difficulties, who require a multi-agency assessment to gain a better understanding of their needs. 

This process can lead to a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit, hyperactivity disorder, global developmental delay and difficulties with attachment.

Who is our service for?

Our service is for children and young people up to the age of 18 years old who are registered with a St Helens GP and require a multi-agency neurodevelopmental pathway assessment. 

We work in partnership with a range of health and social care professionals and schools.

We accept referrals from all professionals who work with children and young people including GPs, paediatricians, speech and language therapists, schools etc.

If you know a child or young person who would benefit from a multi-agency pathway assessment please make an appointment with your school’s specialist educational needs coordinator (SENCo), GP or other professional who can discuss this with you.

Alternatively you can contact the team directly and we can discuss the best option to refer your child. 

Once we receive your referral we will list the child for discussion at our weekly multiagency triage meeting; following this we will be in touch as soon as possible to share conclusions and next steps with you. 

Making a referral to the team

Referrals should be made using the neurodevelopment pathway team referral form which must be completed jointly by the professional and the parent/carer before being submitted via email to the team. 

The St Helens neurodevelopment pathway model and guidance should support you in completing the form.

Our team will communicate with you all through the process to explain what assessments your child will require. These can range from speech and language therapy, community paediatrics, consultant psychiatry, educational psychology, autism diagnostic observation schedule (ADOS), school or home assessment team. 

The journey for each child and young person is different and will depend on their individual needs. Please be assured all referrals to the agencies required will be completed by the Pathway Team. You will then receive appointments directly from the services who are required to assess your child.

We aim to support young people, parents and carers as much as possible throughout their assessment process and are happy to offer support, advice and to refer on to other agencies who provide intervention for your child such as child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) or Barnardo’s if this is required.

Local services available to support children and young people with special educational needs can be found on the St Helens local offer website.

St Helens Neurodevelopment Pathway Team - service leaflet