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New service! Social Communication and Autism Assessment Service (SCAAS)

Published
26.08.2022

The Social Communication and Autism Assessment Service (SCAAS) is beginning to take new referrals from September 2022.

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The service is hosted within Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust. SCAAS is a multi-agency team comprising of Clinical Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists, Paediatricians and an Occupational Therapist who work closely with Education colleagues to assess children under the age of 11 for autism.

Referrals into SCAAS, for children under 11 years old, can be made by any health, education or social care professional working with your child. If you think your child may require a Social Communication assessment you should discuss this with your Health Visitor or SENCo. If your child is already on the waiting list for an Autism assessment, you will not need to be re-referred into SCAAS but your child will be seen by the new service, you will be contacted about this soon if you have not been already.

Before a new referral can be made to the service all the professionals working with your child will hold a meeting to explore your child’s needs, to make sure your child has in place the support they need. If your child is not already on the Gloucestershire Graduated Pathway, it is likely this will be considered by professionals as a next step before referral for a Social Communication assessment, as it is important that your child has the support they need in their educational setting before considering an assessment. When a referral has been for your child to SCAAS the referring professional will provide you with information on the next steps.

For more information on Gloucestershire Autism Services, visit the Local Offer.

Please note: Children and Young People over the age of 11 years should be referred to CAMHS Neuro Clinic for autism assessments.

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