Picking up the needs of children while young (PUNCH)

An exciting opportunity to be involved with cutting edge research into Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

The Born in Bradford team are rolling out the PUNCH project (picking up the needs of children while young) to all primary schools in Bradford district. The project aims to test whether we can use Early Years Foundation Stage profile scores to identify children who may have undiagnosed ASD. Using the EYFS profile scores, pupils will be flagged up for assessment using  range of social and communication tests. If children score poorly on subsequent tests, a full assessment can be carried out with the child and their parents within the school. Assessments can be completed in one day. 

The project builds on an earlier feasibility stufy with 10 schools in Bradford. Early indications were that the EYFS scores may provide a potential pathway for diagnosis, meaning that children get the support they need much earlier. 

This project is funded by the DfE through the Bradford Opportunity Area and is a one of a kind research project with the potential to transform the diagnosis of autism. Please visit our website at https://caer.org.uk/ to register your interest in the project. For further information please email punch@bthft.nhs.uk


Opportunity

Published: 07/12/2020
Audience: Primary School Head teachers, Sencos and Early Years leads
Contact: Kuldeep Sohal

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