Neurodevelopmental Assessment Service
We are delighted to have Dr Susan Ozer (Consultant Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician), who specialises in assessing and managing Children and Young people with suspected Autism (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), join our talented team. Dr Ozer has a wealth of experience and undertakes holistic and child-centred evaluations when managing children and young people with suspected ASD and ADHD.
From experience and speaking to our patients, we know that there is a long waiting time in the NHS for this service, and with Dr Ozer’s knowledge and expertise, we will offer quick access to diagnosis and treatment for your child. We will be using a range of diagnostics services such as QB TEST, ADOS assessment and Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI-R) in line with NICE guidelines to diagnose your child’s condition. The service will be available at the following centres (Medwyn centre, Raynes Park Health Centre and Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital).
At Paediatric Diagnostics, we provide Neurodevelopmental specialist assessments for children and young people up to 18 years old. A consultant paediatrician leads this service with extensive experience dealing with neurodevelopmental disorders.
In addition to providing developmental assessments, we can also offer in-depth evaluations of autism and ADHD. All our assessments and tools are in line with the current NHS guidelines.
Neurodevelopmental disorders like Autism and ADHD can present with behavioural and educational difficulties. The team at Paediatric Diagnostics know that diagnosing these conditions as early as possible can enable early treatment, which can have very encouraging results. Late diagnosis carries an increased risk of developing mental health illnesses in adolescence and adulthood.
Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a social and communication disorder present in around 2 percent of children. Children and young persons with ASD can have difficulties making and maintaining friendships and communication difficulties. Children with ASD also may have limited interests and can be resistant to change. Altered responses to sensory stimulation can also be found in ASD. As it is a spectrum, the severity varies, and thus, not every child with ASD is the same.
ADHD is a common neurodevelopmental disorder found in around 5 percent of children and young persons. Those with ADHD can present with hyperactivity and impulsivity or both. The diagnosis of ADHD also encompasses children with inattention without hyperactivity. It is common for this diagnosis to be delayed or missed, with children sometimes being incorrectly labelled as “lazy”. ADHD often needs treatment in lots of different ways. These include Environmental Modifications such as making the environment distraction-free and providing both structure and routine, behavioural support strategies like immediate rewards, healthy sleep routines and appropriate use of medications.
Learn more about the most common symptoms of ADHD in children.
National Autistic Society : https://www.autism.org.uk
Youtube: Temple Grandin: ‘The Autistic Brain’
ADHD Foundation : https://adhdfoundation.org.uk/
ADHD UK : https://adhduk.co.uk/
The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service: http://addiss.co.uk/