The Autism Service and Learning Disability Team currently provides advice via the telephone or email in regards to children with additional needs attending the hospital. The teams are unable to provide direct support but if advice is required please use the contact details below.
We invite you to make use of the resources available on this page and we are happy to be contacted if you require advice or to clarify anything related to the hospital including (but not limited to) reasonable adjustments, appointments, alerting on the hospital systems and transition into adult services.
Derriford Autism Service
Telephone: 01752 4(32134)
Learning Disability Liaison Service
Telephone: 01752 431566
Resources for children with additional needs
We recommend that you fill in the paediatric hospital passport and the reasonable adjustment requests form for your child. If your child doesn't want to use the paediatric hospital passport, the adult Autism Hospital Passport can be downloaded here.
Once completed, please bring them with you to any visits to the hospital. The information in the documents will aid staff to put reasonable adjustments in place to help improve your childs hospital experience. We are unable to guarantee that all requests will be met but appropriate consideration will be made.
Do you think your child could be Autistic?
If you think your child might be Autistic, you can try the AQ10 childrens self assessment here. We would then recommend to make an appointment to see a GP, offer them the results from the AQ10, if you have done it, (if you have not done the AQ10 then the GP should go through the questions with you/your child), and ask them for a referral for the diagnostic pathway.
Child Development Centre (Plymouth)
Telephone: 01752 439400