Healios Neurodevelopment Services
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About our neurodevelopment team
The Neurodevelopmental team at Healios comprises of highly experienced nurse practitioners, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists, educational psychologist and consultant psychiatrist. Our team is supported by skilled clinical leads, clinical supervisors and a team manager.
Each member of the team benefits from regular clinical supervision, coding consistency workshops and MDT support.
The findings from each assessment are reviewed via a multi disciplinary team (MDT) meeting, and every report passes through a quality control process before being issued to families.
What we can do for you
Within our autism assessment service we provide comprehensive autism assessments for verbal children aged 7 and over, young people and adults. Through our online platform we are able to engage with individuals and families in the comfort of their own home. Every session is recorded, which ensures utmost quality by enabling clinicians to review assessments (for example, checking non-verbal communication during observation sessions), enabling objective multi disciplinary reviews and enabling our senior team to assure the quality of clinician’s work.
We provide in-depth reports, which outline our assessment findings and recommendations alongside the information that guided us to our conclusion.
Our assessments follow best practice as outlined in NICE guidelines.
Each client is allocated a case coordinator who takes responsibility for information gathering and parent liaison, ensuring that each family is fully aware of the process and has a contact should they have any concerns or questions.
How we do it
Our assessment process begins with our friendly client experience managers who on-board individuals and families, ensuring they have access to our secure online portal and are comfortable with using it. Next, individuals and families are asked to complete RCADS and SDQ questionnaires. For children and young people, school information is requested, this includes our school qualitative questionnaire alongside an SDQ questionnaire.
Within days of referral, individuals and families are allocated dates for their assessment, which are convenient to them.
Each assessment consists of 4 sessions: an initial appointment, history appointment, observation appointment and feedback appointment.
During the initial appointment we introduce ourselves to the child and family or individual, explain the assessment process, take a detailed overview of individual / parental concerns, details of the individual / child's life experiences and family history. We also complete a risk assessment and check for differentials.
For children and young people, a history of the child's development and behaviours in relation to autism is obtained via a full ADI-r interview. For adults, this is obtained via a RAADS interview.
During the third appointment, we assess the child, young person or adult through observation and interaction, as outlined in NICE guidelines. Our observation is based on the ADOS evaluation. Using an adapted approach, which is based on ADOS modules 3 or 4 as appropriate, we observe for differences in social interaction, communication and restricted, repetitive behaviours.
When these 3 sessions are completed, the information gathered is considered alongside school information and pre assessment questionnaires and information available. Information is cross referenced with DSM-5 diagnostic criteria and discussed within the MDT, before a diagnostic conclusion is reached. Differential diagnoses are considered, alongside recommendations for adapted support or further assessment. This information is then included in the report for parents and clinicians.
After assessment, individuals / families are offered a post diagnostic session to discuss the findings of the assessment and the implications of this.
We are also able to provide post diagnostic training and / or advice and intervention.
The benefits for individuals and their family
When Healios is chosen, the child, young person or adult benefit from a high quality, NICE compliant, rigorous autism assessment conducted by a highly skilled and experienced team. The assessment is completed in the comfort of their own home, in a timely way, that is convenient to them. Parents can make themselves comfortable during the lengthy ADI-r assessment and take comfort breaks as required.
With such high levels of anxiety reported amongst autistic individuals, and frequently a dislike of change, new people and new environments alongside sensory differences, an assessment completed at home is highly beneficial. Talking to us at home, is much less anxiety provoking for our autistic clients. Children, young people and adults are easily able to share their special interests with us, which helps to promote engagement. Those with co-morbid ADHD are able to take movement breaks, our flexible approach means that the sessions can be adapted to meet their needs.
Observation sessions are recorded, meaning that our clinicians can fully engage with the child, young person or adult and review the video afterwards to observe for non-verbal communication, social responses and social overtures etc, leading to a highly accurate observation.
Our clients also benefit from our availability, short waiting times and professional approach.
The Healios Autism Assessment Process for Children and Young People
Step 1 - Questionnaires
Step 2 - Initial Session
Step 3 - Observation and Interaction
Step 4 - Developmental Review
Step 5 - Team Review
Step 6 - Feedback
After you have been advised of the outcome of your assessment, one of our clinicians will meet with you to explain the assessment, outcome and advise you about next steps.