Who are NDAS?
Since 2018, NHS Dumfries and Galloway have been designing and testing a Neurodevelopmental Assessment Service (NDAS) for children and young people, aligned to the National Neurodevelopmental (ND) Service Specification published in 2021.
Neurodevelopmental Disorders are complex and include Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Intellectual Disability (ID), Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) and Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
While some children present with one disorder in isolation, research and clinical evidence tells us that, very often, these disorders co-exist and so assessment services should be designed to screen for all disorders before reaching conclusions about one condition in isolation.
This service will deliver the NDAS pathway which is aligned to the National ND pathway and delivers on the recommendations of the National Neurodevelopmental Service Specification.