Neurodevelopmental Special Interest Group


Improve care of children and young people with neurodevelopmental disorders (ADHD, ASD, DCD, DLD etc).


ACAMH’s longstanding commitment to multidisciplinary work is the ideal home for a Special Interest Group (SIG) for colleagues working with CYP with neurodevelopmental disorders.

Neurodevelopmental disorders are a neglected area of mental health practice, little mentioned in recent government policy documents.

The evidence base is strong in theory but often hard to put into practice at the front line. Unhelpful misunderstandings and prejudices persist both in the general population and in professionals.

Training in these conditions is piecemeal and often not well-integrated- the connections between them are not always appreciated and opportunities for intervention routinely missed. At both a local and national level, services are fragmented.

There is an urgent need for a unified approach across professions and sectors, with strong advocacy combined with sound evidence-based policy.

Principal Aims

  • production of educational materials and events which will cover neurodevelopmental issues from a multi-professional perspective
  • advocacy for rational, evidence-based policy responses to these conditions at a national level, and for research priorities which will produce actionable research that informs practice and/or policy
  • work with professional bodies to ensure adequate levels of understanding, appropriate skills and non-discriminatory attitudes as regards these CYP


Listen to Dr. Max Davie’s interview about Neurodevelopmental Disorders and the Neurodevelopmental SIG.

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