Sussex CAMHS Neurodevelopmental Service

The Sussex CAMHS Neurodevelopmental Service is a CAMHS specialist service offering assessment for Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) for young people aged 11+ and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) for young people aged 6 up to 18 years. We also provide medication treatment for young people diagnosed with ADHD.

Sussex CAMHS Neurodevelopmental Service is Neurodivergent Positive

The service aims to take a neurodivergent positive position towards the work it carries out, in order to make a greater difference to those children and young people, as well as to support staff in their therapeutic practice.  

Neurodivergent positive means acknowledging

  • Neurodivergent children and young people have a different neurology or neurotype that is part of natural human variation, like sexuality, gender or race.
  • Neurodivergent children and young people are often disabled by barriers put in place by society, not as a consequence of their impairments or differences.
  • Diagnosis can be a gift to the child or young person, through which many can acknowledge their strengths as well as their differences and vulnerabilities
  • Diagnosis can help a child or young person find belonging and identity in membership of a worldwide community of neurodivergent people
  • Diagnosis can provide the language for children and young people to self-advocate
  • Diagnosis can provide the legal foundations for equality of access to education and future work through the Equalities Act (2010) and making reasonable adjustments
  • Diagnosis can validate educators and parents in growing a more effective and compassionate understanding of children and young people

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