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CAMHS ASD - North Staffordshire

NHS funded services
9.00 am - 5.00 pm – Monday to Friday

What we do

  • A comprehensive assessment to explore whether a child or young person meets the criteria for a diagnosis of ASD. This assessment will take place over a number of appointments and will include collecting information from parents and school, as well as a play-based assessment with the child or young person who is being assessed.

  • With parents’ consent, information will be sought from other professionals who have worked with their child and a school observation may be carried out. Parents will be provided with a written report following the assessment.

  • We offer a post-diagnosis workshop for parents whose child has recently received a diagnosis of ASD. This takes place over half a day.

Referral criteria

We accept referrals of children and young people up until their 18th birthday. 

We offer a specialist assessment when there are significant concerns regarding social interaction, communication, and restricted and repetitive behaviours.

We also accept referrals for parents to attend the post diagnosis workshop when their child has already been given a diagnosis of ASD, but have not been able to attend previously.

Who can refer?

  • Professionals working in Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) providing that an initial assessment has been carried out and further specialist assessment or intervention by the School Age ASD team is recommended.
  • Community Paediatricians
  • Educational Psychologists
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • GPs
  • School Nurses
  • SENCOs
  • Social Workers

How is a referral made?

Referrals from professionals should be made in writing containing sufficient information to allow the team to understand why the referrer believes an ASD assessment is appropriate. For children already diagnosed with ASD, outlining what intervention is being requested. All referrals should contain informed consent from the child and/or those holding parental responsibility.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Service
01782 408399
North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust website

Where to go

Dragon Square Community Unit
2 & 3 Dragon Square
Newcastle under Lyme
ST5 7HL Get Directions (This link opens in a new tab)
Last updated: 09 Mar 2023
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