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Neuro Developmental Pathways

In Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly action is underway to improve the way we help children, young people and their families with a range of neuro-developmental needs. Representatives of families, health, education and social care are working together on this priority within our Children and Young People’s Plan: One Vision.

Professionals across services agree that arrangements in Cornwall need to meet the range of needs relating to neurodevelopment conditions for children, young people and their families at the earliest possible point and progress to a medical diagnosis when needed:

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“We clarify needs, we meet needs early; we assess, review and undertake a diagnostic assessment when needed".

Neurodevelopmental needs includes, communication and interaction difficulties, autism, ADHD, and developmental and intellectual conditions. When recognised and understood neurodevelopmental needs can be met through changing environmental factors, adjusting support, empowering families and professionals, and developing communication and interaction awareness and skills. 

Children and young people with these needs may experience additional challenges that can restrict and create barriers to participation in a range of activities. Some individuals have complex medical, educational and social support needs.