What is the neurodevelopmental service?

This is a two-year pilot support service for young people aged 0-18 years and families of those affected by neurodevelopment disorders, jointly commissioned by the CCG and Stockton Council

Our aim is to provide support and services for children, young people and their families who display traits associated with neurodevelopmental disorders: autism spectrum disorder (ASD), sensory processing disorder (SPD), and attention deficit hyperactivity
disorder (ADHD).

What is meant by neurodevelopmental disorder?

A neurodevelopmental disorder is the name given to a group of disorders associated with the functioning of the neurological system and the brain. This can include developmental brain dysfunction which presents with problems or impairments with motor function, learning, language and communication.

What are the aims of this service?

A person-centred approach will be taken, with families and young people at the heart of the support offered. We work from the position that society is the disabling factor rather than the child’s impairments or difference. The service aims to remove barriers that restrict life choices for those with a neurodevelopmental disorder.

The aim of this project is to improve the experience and outcomes of those with needs
with a neurodevelopmental disorder by:

  • Improving professionals’ skill sets and confidence to better understand and support children and young people displaying behaviours associated with neurodevelopmental conditions.
  • Improving parents/carers’ skills and confidence to better understand and support their child.
  • Supporting young people to understand their differences and increase their coping skills.

What will the service offer?

We aim to meet the needs of young people and their families by offering a menu of services. There will be:

  • Weekly open access drop in sessions
  • Bookable 1:1 parent support sessions
  • Awareness raising sessions around ASD/ADHD/SPD for parents/carers
  • Learning workshops for parents/carers (dependant on needs) around topics such as emotional regulation, visuals, understanding behaviour and puberty
  • Training sessions for schools and professionals tailored to the individuals they support
  • School-based support sessions for those aged 5-18 years tailored to individuals needs
  • School-based support for siblings aged 5-18 years of those affected by neurodevelopmental conditions

Where will the services be delivered?

Some services will be offered within schools, other sessions will take place in local communities in the Stockton and Hartlepool area. Get in touch for further information about specific sessions near you.

Who can attend?

Stockton and Hartlepool parents and carers of those aged 0-18 years who either

  • Have concerns their child may have ASD/SPD/ADHD
  • Undergoing diagnosis for ASD/SPD/ADHD
  • Have a diagnosis of ASD/SPD/ADHD

This service is for families pre, during and post diagnosis.

How do I get involved?

For more information around the service, to book a 1:1 consultation or book on to any training, please call a member of the family support team on 01642 531248.

Alternatively, parents and carers are welcome to drop in to one of our parent support groups. To find out where your closest session is held, call us on the above number.