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Neuro-developmental Team

Our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) help young people who are experiencing mental health issues.

These services are provided in community locations as well as in our inpatient wards (Aquarius, Wisteria and Corner House) based at Springfield Hospital.

Video with Dr Diana Cassell, Clinical Director CAMHS

Child and Adolescent Neuro-Developmental Team (NDT)

Who are we?

The Neuro-Developmental Team is a specialist child and adolescent assessment service for children and young people. We offer assessments to determine whether a child or young person has a neurodevelopmental presentation, that meets the criteria for neuro-diverse conditions such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Our team is made up of CAMHS professionals from a range of different backgrounds who work together to provide a multi-disciplinary assessment. This includes Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, Nurses and Speech and Language Therapists.


Who is the service for?

We accept referrals for Children and Young People up to 18 years old living in one of the five boroughs of Wandsworth, Merton, Sutton and Kingston and Richmond.

What you can expect

A Neuro-developmental assessment can help us formulate whether your Child/Young Person's presentation is consistent with a diagnosis such as ASD/ASC or ADHD.

As part of this assessment we will require current information from your child's school and any other professionals involved in their care, such as Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists and Paediatricians.

The assessment process usually consists of two appointments, whatever the age of the child. 

The first appointment will be a parental interview where a clinician will meet with you to gather information on your child's developmental history and to discuss symptoms and concerns. This will typically last 2 hours.

The second appointment will be a play-based assessment (taking into account ability) which will include an observation of your Child/Young Person in our outpatient clinic. This typically lasts 60 minutes. You do not need to do anything to prepare for this appointment.

Following the play-based assessment, the clinician leading this will meet with you to provide feedback and inform you of the preliminary findings.