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CAMHS ASD

Service name

Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Service

Main contact number

01782 408354

Service based at

Dragon Square Community Unit
Dragon Square
Chesterton
Newcastle-under-Lyme
ST5 7HL - click here to get directions from Google Maps

Service hours

9am-5pm – Monday to Friday

About the service:

The Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Service comprises of two teams.

  • Pre-School ASD team
  • School Age ASD team

The pre-school team see children up until their 5th birthday and the School Age team deal with children and young people from five years until their 18th birthday

We provide:

  • 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.
  • Psychological support to families when a child or young person has been given a written diagnosis of ASD. This may include working with children and young people, siblings and parents either on an individual basis or in a group setting.

Referral criteria

We accept referrals of Children and young people up to the age of 18 where there are concerns regarding social interaction, communication, and restricted and repetitive behaviours.

We also accept referrals of children and young people who already have a diagnosis of ASD may benefit from additional psychological interventions. This may include offering support to parents and young people where there are difficulties related to ASD.

Referral routes

  • 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
  • Parents of children and young people who have already received a written diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder are able to contact the service direct if they wish to receive some further intervention
  • GPs
  • School Nurses

How should a referral be 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.