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Neurodevelopmental Service

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About Us

The Children and Young People's Neurodevelopment Service provides multidisciplinary assessment, intervention, information and advice for children and young people who may have a neurodevelopmental disorder, and their families.

Your child may need to see different professionals to complete their assessment of need, for example – Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Therapist, Clinical Psychologist, Nurse Specialist, Child Psychiatrist or a Paediatrician. The assessment process may take some time to complete, as sometimes visits to your child’s school may need to be organised, as well as seeing them in the Children’s Centre. Please see the document below for more information about the assessment process.

Neurodevelopmental disorders include:

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder

We work closely with our partner organisations such as schools, the education authority, social services, and third sector organisations, and we aim to meet the needs of children, young people and their families in an effective and holistic way.

How to access

The service covers all areas of Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan and is accessed through a single point of referral at the Children's Centre, St David's Hospital.

Speak to your GP, health professional such as health visitor, or school if you are concerned that your child may have a neurodevelopment disorder - they will be able to refer you to the service with your permission.

How to find us

The Children's Centre
St David's Hospital
CF11 9XB

Tel: 029 21836796

Advice while you are on the waiting list 

We recommend that you start off by looking at our Info Sheet for Parents. This will provide lots of details about who we are and what we do, what to expect from your time with us, how to prepare your child for appointments and what happens next. 

We also have provided resources and helpful links at the bottom of this page. There is plenty of useful information, including supporting children during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the links will direct you to other organisations who may be able to support you and your family at this time. 

If you feel that you and your child are not ready for an assessment or you feel that it is no longer needed, then please contact us and we can take you off the waiting list. You can always be referred back at a time that is more convenient for you. 



Several services within the directorate have come together to produce the following resources: 


Useful links


National side for Autism Spectrum Disorders


ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity

Integrated health and education service.

AP Cymru – The Autism Charity

Provides direct, bespoke support to autistic individuals and their families.


Autism Research Institute

Information on early signs, symptoms, assessment and treatment.


Cardiff Family Advice and Support 

Early help service in Cardiff. They offer advice and support for children, young people and families, as well as the professionals who work directly with them. 

They can also signpost or direct families to other services best placed to achieve their goals. 


Children and Adults with ADHD

The UK’s leading non-profit organisation affecting those affected by  ADHD


Emotional Wellbeing Service

Open access emotional wellbeing offer for children and young people in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. Includes one to one and group support. 

Children and young people can self-refer online. Parents and professionals can refer on their behalf (with their consent) online).


Families First Advice Line - Vale of Glamorgan

Early help service in the Vale of Glamorgan. They offer advice and support for children, young people and families, as well as the professionals who work directly with them. 

They can also signpost or direct families to other services best placed to achieve their goals.

Families First 


Home-Start Cymru

Offer friendship, emotional support and practical advice for families who are having difficulties managing parenting for a variety of different reasons, including poor mental health, managing children’s challenging behaviour, disability, domestic abuse, isolation or low self-esteem.

UK ADHD Partnership

Supports clinicians and allied professionals to identify and meet the needs of children and young people affected by this disorder.


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