Multi Disciplinary Assessments

Multi Disciplinary Assessments with Dr Clare Gates MRCPsych, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

I am often asked to assess children for neurodevelopmental disorders, such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD/ADD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and some specific learning difficulties. These conditions can affect more than one area of the brain resulting in a variety of co-existing problems including weaknesses in:

  • Speech and language

  • Motor and sensory functioning

  • Emotional regulation

  • Attention and concentration

  • Social communication

  • Academic functioning

The emotional and psychological consequences of such difficulties can also be significant and often require support. A thorough evaluation of a child’s strengths and weaknesses and an accurate diagnosis can help parents, teachers and other key adults understand and support a child more effectively.

Whilst it is not uncommon for such children to undergo many different appointments to gain a comprehensive picture of their profile, this can be a difficult and needlessly repetitive process both for parents and children. At Queen Anne Street, we have a team of independent professionals from different disciplines (child psychology, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy) with years of specialist expertise in this area. It is sometimes possible, with some advance planning, to arrange for all of these assessments to happen in one half-day clinic. Following such an assessment, a single comprehensive report can be produced, including diagnosis and recommendations for ongoing support and treatment.

If you are interested in arranging a multi-disciplinary assessment then please contact Tracy, my PA. She can give you an idea of costs, which will vary depending on the nature and complexity of the problem. She will send you some questionnaires to complete which will help us to decide which professionals need to be involved. Once you have completed these, we can make the necessary arrangements for your child’s assessment to go ahead.

If you have any questions do contact us and I can give you my opinion as to whether this might be a helpful way forward for your child.

Contact Tracey for more details

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