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Social Communication Difficulties (SCD) Panel

Description

The Social Communication Difficulties (SCD) Panel refers to an autism diagnosis process for children and young people (here on in referred to as children).

The process first involves professionals from different groups (e.g. speech and language therapy, paediatrics, clinical/educational psychology) gathering information about a child's strengths and difficulties in different areas. The professionals then come together (at a meeting called the SCD Panel) to decide whether the child's behaviour can be best explained in the context of autism or Asperger's (an area of the wider autism spectrum). To do this, they look at diagnostic criteria - currently known as the ICD-10.

Information for the SCD Panel is usually gathered through discussions with the child and their parents, observations of the child in school and/or at home, and individual play/talk sessions with the child.

Please note: we are currently experiencing a very high demand for autism assessments and so waiting times have rapidly increased. We appreciate that this is frustrating for families and are in the process of redesigning the pathway to ensure the process is much more efficient. Information will be updated on the Local Offer in due course.

Staff training and experience

All professionals who form part of the SCD Panel or who write contributory reports have received training specific to their field.

Contact
Social communications difficulty panel
(01482) 392254
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Description

The Social Communication Difficulties (SCD) Panel refers to an autism diagnosis process for children and young people (here on in referred to as children).

The process first involves professionals from different groups (e.g. speech and language therapy, paediatrics, clinical/educational psychology) gathering information about a child's strengths and difficulties in different areas. The professionals then come together (at a meeting called the SCD Panel) to decide whether the child's behaviour can be best explained in the context of autism or Asperger's (an area of the wider autism spectrum). To do this, they look at diagnostic criteria - currently known as the ICD-10.

Information for the SCD Panel is usually gathered through discussions with the child and their parents, observations of the child in school and/or at home, and individual play/talk sessions with the child.

Please note: we are currently experiencing a very high demand for autism assessments and so waiting times have rapidly increased. We appreciate that this is frustrating for families and are in the process of redesigning the pathway to ensure the process is much more efficient. Information will be updated on the Local Offer in due course.

Costs

Free

Opening times

Mondays 8.30am-4.30pm

Tuesdays 8.30am-4.30pm

Wednesdays 8.30am-4.30pm

Thursdays 8.30am-4.30pm

Age
0-18
How to access
  • Your GP or health worker can refer you
Who is this for?
  • Anyone with autism
  • Anyone with a disability or SEN, diagnosis not needed.
Family involvement
  • Carer must be with child at all times and provide own care