The SCA is part of NHSGGC Children and Young People’s Specialist Services. The team offers a second opinion diagnostic assessment and consultation service across GGC health board area and beyond. Referrals are accepted for people up to the age of 18 years and can be made by professionals such as GP’s, Paediatricians, Psychologists and Psychiatrists. Referrals will only be accepted when an initial assessment has been given in the child’s local area.
Most children will be assessed and diagnosed in their local area. However some children and young people will present with more subtle or more complex developmental profiles that require further clarification by the team at the centre who specialise in these types of presentations of Autism Spectrum Disorders including Asperger's Syndrome. Local professionals can ask us to provide a second opinion regarding your child’s profile. Sometimes parents themselves ask for a second opinion via their GP. We only accept referrals if an initial assessment has been completed in the child’s local area.
There are various ways that the team might help;
Consultation only where the SCA discusses your child with the local team but does not see you as a family. This is often sufficient to clarify diagnosis.
Joint assessment with the local team where the SCA joins the local team in their review assessment. The local team lets you know the outcome and writes the report. However most children and young people are likely to have a full diagnostic assessment.
The SCA lets you know the outcome and writes the report. A member of the local team may join the assessment if appropriate. At this full assessment members of the team will meet you to discuss your concerns and find out about your child from your point of view. Reports may be requested from professionals who know your child, for example, speech and language therapists, teachers, paediatricians, psychologists.
Your child will also have an assessment session at the centre. This will involve play and conversation appropriate to your child’s age and ability. At least two members of our team will be present. We will look at communication, interaction, imagination and flexibility, which are core areas of difficulty in autism spectrum disorders.
Occasionally medical investigations are needed in the light of a clinical diagnosis and if required these would be managed by your local team.
Immediately after the assessment, members of the team will meet you to discuss our findings. Parents will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss implications.
The team prepares a report detailing our observations and conclusions. You will get a copy of the report and so will your GP and other professionals involved in your child’s care. We will be happy to discuss any aspect of our report in more detail if required. In most cases the Centre’s involvement stops at this point as ongoing management will be resumed by local services.
Scottish Centre for Autism,
West Glasgow Amulatory Care Hospital (WGACH)
Glasgow, G3 8SJ
Tel. 0141 201 9232