Why consider a Neurodevelopmental assessment? What will a full Neurodevelopmental assessment tell me and how is it useful?
A full neurodevelopmental assessment will look in detail at your child’s wider learning profile. It includes cognitive profiling which gives a picture of all of a child’s learning strengths and challenges and this can provide key information to develop support strategies and intervention for a young person.
Our neurodevelopmental assessments as standard will consider Autism Spectrum Condition (also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder), ADD and ADHD, emotional and psychological health/ wellbeing and learning/ cognitive strengths.
|“At Grow we won’t just send you away with a simple “yes” or “no” about your diagnostic question – we will help you unpack and understand what the child is struggling with and why – and most importantly what to do about it. Having a diagnosis is only useful if it guides you to know what to do to help your child thrive and reach their full potential”|
A neurodevelopmental assessment will provide the clinicians with a broader range of information to make a differential diagnosis. This includes Autism Spectrum Conditions and the PDA profile of Autism, ADHD, Developmental Language Disorder, Learning Disability. A neurodevelopmental assessment will also look at a young person’s emotional and psychological wellbeing.
When should I consider a full Neurodevelopmental Assessment?
- Where a young person’s profile seems more complex and it is difficult to disentangle what is going on
- Where there are other challenges in addition to social communication
- Where the young person is struggling with other aspects of education in addition to social communication and interaction – for instance queries around processing speed, working memory, auditory processing, difficulties with the use and or/ understanding of spoken language
What the Grow Neurodevelopmental Assessment Cannot Offer
The full Neurodevelopmental assessment can give indications of other assessment needs – for instance Dyslexia or Dyspraxia – but we cannot currently diagnose Dyslexia or Dyspraxia. We can request our associates to look more into the possibility of Dyslexia (Educational Psychology) and Dyspraxia (Occupational Therapy/Paediatrician )– please indicate if this would be of interest to you.
We are not a 24/7 mental health service and may advise signposting to Specialist Services such as CAHMS should there be concerns regarding significant mental health difficulties.
|“There are certainly other places where you can get an assessment completed for cheaper. But at Grow we go the extra mile to make sure that you and your child are fully understood and supported. We recognise the importance of spending time with the young person themselves (not just in formal assessment tasks) hearing how they experience things, what they struggle with and what makes them tick – this is often where the recommendations and supports flow from – the young person at the heart”|
|“A Grow assessment report is an important document -valuing your story as individuals – and will contain many individual recommendations and strategies tailored to your child. We don’t give generic recommendations – but we tailor them to you following in-depth assessment”|
We offer a range of neurodevelopmental assessment packages depending on your needs. Speak to us to identify what your individual needs are.