Welcome to your local specialist child assessment centre
We provide specialist assessment and intervention for children aged 0-5 years with developmental difficulties. We work as a multi-disciplinary team with families and community services to provide services which are tailored to individual children’s needs
We provide a single point of access for the referral and assessment of children with significant developmental difficulties aged up to 5 years. Some children are referred early in their lives, particularly children who have been patients on the Neonatal Unit. Other children have difficulties which are noticed later, for example when they begin pre-school. ]
We take a multi-disciplinary approach to finding out as much as possible about children who have been referred, before arranging appointments to begin their assessment.
There are many different types of specialists who work in the team at Honeylands – Paediatric Doctors, Clinical Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Specialist Nursery Nurses, Early Support Advisory Teachers, Orthoptist, Music Therapist and Portage Workers.
We are part of Integrated Children’s Services so we can link into the wider ICS Team to provide access to social care and respite services.
We see children with a wide variety of neuro-developmental difficulties including autism spectrum disorders, co-ordination and movement concerns including cerebral palsy and other motor difficulties, genetic and chromosomal problems, cognitivie and learning disabilities; multi-sensory impairment including hearing and vision. We provide specialist assessments which are designed around the needs and priorities of the child and family. Where appropriate diagnoses are made and shared with the family. We hold regular reviews of the children’s progress and needs. This ensures that the children have appropriate and up-to-date plans for treatment, intervention and transition on to school.
We work with a range of community colleagues e.g. pre-school key workers; school SENCOs; specialist advisory teachers and members of the multi-sensory team. Specialist Intervention and Further Assessment groups are run on a termly basis for small groups of children, led by nursery nurses who work alongside the Honeylands therapists. This allows a joined-up approach for children – a good example of this is a Music and Movement group facilitating a physiotherapy programme, or a joint approach to feeding difficulties by an Occupational therapist working with a speech and language therapist.
Clinical psychologists consider the emotional and psychological well-being of the child and family, and contribute to formal assessment of the children’s development. Specialist clinics include Orthoptic (eyes), Feeding assessments, Wheelchair/buggy clinics, orthotic/mobility clinics. We also have a specialist toy library. We work to recognised professional standards, including NICE guidelines for Autism assessment and regularly review our processes and feedback.
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What happens during my child’s meeting?
All assessments are done in partnership with parents/carers. The assessment team will include a Specialist Nursery Nurse and your child may also see a Teacher, Paediatrician, Psychologist, Speech and Language Therapist, Physiotherapist, Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Music Therapist and Orthoptist, depending on their needs. Details of the assessment will be shared with the parents/carers and consent to the assessment will be requested. Assessments may also include taking a video film of your child, with your consent, which is very helpful for assessment purposes and when planning interventions.
At the Assessment Review meeting a number of different courses of intervention may be agreed depending on your child’s needs.
Children may need further help and assessment at Honeylands and will be offered a place in an assessment and therapy intervention group. Parent workshops are offered at intervals e.g. Communication, Early Bird National Autistic Society Course. Parents and members of the multi-disciplinary team work together to look at appropriate strategies and interventions to support the child.
Some children may need advice and support from particular therapists; for example from a physiotherapist or a speech and language therapist which could be done through out-patient attendance in a community setting.
Other children will be best helped by attending a local centre with additional support, whilst others will need no extra help other than perhaps some advice to parents and their early years setting.
How long will it take me to be seen?
When a referral is received with the necessary information it is discussed at the Multi Agency Under Fives Hub and an action plan is made. A letter will be sent to the parents/carers and the referrer detailing a course of action. If the plan includes an appointment in a Paediatric Specialist Clinic.
Following the paediatric appointment a child may be accepted on the waiting list for a multi-disciplinary assessment if this is considered to be the best course of action. A letter will be sent to the parents/carers and the referrer detailing the outcome of this appointment.
How long will the meeting take?
The assessment will be tailored to your child’s needs.
How do I cancel or change my child’s meeting?
If you are unable to attend for the assessment or any appointment with this service, you should ring the contact number on the letter that you have received as soon as possible so the assessment can be offered to another child. The number for Honeylands Specialist Child Assessment Centre is 01392 467473 and the receptionist will put you through t the appropriate person.
Referrals to Honeylands are made to the Under Fives Referrals Hub by professionals who know the children well – usually Consultant Paediatricians, Health Visitors, GPs or therapists such as Speech and Language therapists.
Referrals should include the following:
- Schedule of Growing Skills ,
- Information from the child’s early years setting (if appropriate)
- Any other assessments that have taken place, e.g. speech and language reports
- Devon Assessment Framework (DAF) 1, to provide family information is recommended at this time
Referrals should be made to the Under Fives Referral Co-ordinator, there should be a clear indication that the parents/carer have given permission for the referral to be discussed in a multi-agency forum.
Under Fives Referral Co-ordinator
Honeylands Specialist Child Assessment Centre
Exeter EX4 8AD
01392 467 473
How does the service work?
If a child is accepted for a multi-disciplinary assessment a letter will be sent to the inviting the parents/carers to an assessment in the Centre giving details of sessions and a leaflet providing information about the assessment process will be sent to parents/carers. The assessment may be offered over different time spans depending on the child’s age and needs. Prior to the child coming to the Centre a visit to the home will be made by a specialist nursery nurse, who will provide further information and obtain signed consent regarding the assessment and answer any questions that may arise.
During the child’s assessment there will be on-going sharing of information as the assessment progresses. Parents/carers are an important part of the assessment as they know their child better than anyone else. At the end of this assessment process there will be a multi-agency review which includes all professionals involved with the child’s care and parents will have the opportunity to invite whoever they wish to attend. The outcome of the assessment will be shared and an action plan for the next steps will be agreed.
Parents have the opportunity to discuss the assessment findings with their paediatrician at a follow-up clinic.
The building is fully Disability Discrimination Act compliant. If you have a specific need please contact the Centre (01392 467473) and we will do our best to help you.
Free parking is available with a number of disabled parking bays.
Honeylands Specialist Child Assessment Centre has an associated charity “Honeylands Children’s Charity” and they have Facebook and Twitter links. The website is Honeylands.org.uk.
People with special needs and additional information guides
Confidential translation services (English as an additional language, BSL) are available on request, this would include face to face appointments and leaflets.
Adaptations for individual needs will be met as far as possible.