Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) is currently looking to develop a specialist autism team for Early Years (i.e., under-5s).
As with the Social Communication Pathway, they are looking to run a pilot, testing out some new ways of working in one area of the city with a view to securing more funding for a citywide rollout. The group wants to invite parents and carers of children under 5 years old to join the steering group consisting of local Health and Education partners as well as the forum.
If you have a child aged 5 or younger who has recently received an autism diagnosis or is currently under assessment for one, we would like to invite you to join this meeting and get involved with the project.
This is an exciting opportunity to create a service that will benefit Early Years children who may be autistic and/or have other social/communication difficulties.
We can reimburse you for transportation costs of going to/from the meeting.
The Social Communication Pathway (SCP) is the autism assessment pathway in Manchester.
The SCP Team is a multi-agency team which assesses social communication difficulties in children and young people living in Manchester. If a young person or their family thinks they might be autistic, this team will make an assessment to see if they meet the criteria for a diagnosis of autism.
You can download the Social Communication Pathway FAQs for more information.