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Therapy Services for Children Part 1

Disabled children/adults often have complicated and multiple issues with their health. Behavioural issues can also make it hard to access health services, such as the dentist and GP. However there are specialist services available that could help. The following is information about these local and national health services, and how they can help you and your child/adult keep healthy

Child Development Service (0-5) RBKC

Child Development Service – The Medical Centre (North RBKC)

The Medical Centre provides a range of children’s services including health visiting, children’s nursing, speech and language therapy and school nursing.

Services provided by the team include:

  • assessment and management of children with developmental delays
  • neuro-disability services including spasticity management and botulinum toxin injection clinic to relieve muscle spasms
  • social communication disorder clinics (autistic spectrum disorder)
  • behavioural disorder clinic including ADHD
  • looked after children/adoption
  • complex feeding clinic
  • statutory medical examinations and reports
  • support of local special needs schools
  • immunisation advice

The child development service and community child health clinics take place either at St Mary’s Hospital or the Medical Centre on Woodfield Road in Westbourne Park:

Children’s Outpatient Department
6th Floor Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Wing
St Mary’s Hospital
Praed Street
London W2 1NY

Full of Life · A self-help group managed by parents of children with disabilities

Community Child Health
First floor
The Medical Centre
7E Woodfield Road
London W9 3XZ

For more information contact The Medical Centre directly on Tel: 020 7266 8777

Cheyne Child Development Service (South RBKC)

The Cheyne Child Development Service provides specialist assessment and health care therapy for children who are likely to have difficulty accessing learning. This service is usually provided for children who are under 5 however, the service provides some advice for the over 5’s who have made contact with them in the past.

Multi-Disciplinary Assessment (MDA)

Younger children who are referred to the service may be offered an MDA if there are significant concerns about one or more areas of development including large motor and fine motor movements, speech, language and behaviour.

The main aim of an MDA is to establish your child’s developmental needs and to agree a plan to help ensure your child achieves his/her potential. A review meeting may also be arranged for a later date in order that all the relevant professionals who are working with your child can meet and review your child’s progress with the plan of action taken.


For more information about the service or if you wish to discuss your child’s needs please contact The Cheyne Child Development Service Coordinator on 020 8846 1606 or 020 8846 6488.

Behaviour And Family Support Team (5-18) RBKC

The behaviour and family support team provide assessments, intervention work, consultations, support, counselling and practical advice for children with moderate to severe learning disabilities who have emotional, behavioural, mental health problems or complex needs. These services are also offered to their families and carers. The team also works with the Children with Disabilities Team. The team includes a consultant clinical psychologist, assistant psychologists, speech and language therapist and an occupational therapist. They can provide the following support:

  • Behavioural management advice
  • Family therapy
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Counselling and support
  • Liaison and consultation with other services involved
  • Development of a care package

The service is mainly aimed at children between the ages of 5-18 however, if you feel your child, may require help in this area, please contact the team to discuss both you and your child’s need. You can contact the team directly, by referral or through a professional.


Behaviour and Family Support Team The Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX. Team Manager: Tamsin Arnold Tel: 020 7598 4911 Email: FCSBehaviourFamilySupport@rbkc.gov.uk

Child Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) 0-18

The Parkside Clinic ( North RBKC)

The Parkside Clinic provides community mental health services to children, young people with complex mental health difficulties, and their families in a range of different ways depending on their needs.

Their psychologists, psychiatrists, and therapists provide assessment and treatment packages for children and young people and their families. Treatment may include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), family therapy, play therapy, individual and group psychotherapy. Medication is also used when appropriate and carefully monitored by the doctors.

Contact Information:

63-65 Lancaster Road,
W11 1QG

Full of Life · A self-help group managed by parents of children with disabilities

Telephone: 020 8383 6123 / 020 8383 6124

Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital (South RBKC)

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Service offers assessment and treatment for children and young people suffering mental health difficulties, and their families.

Their consultants are experienced in psychiatry, family psychotherapy and child psychotherapy and work closely with a paediatric social worker to provide services for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital’s emergency department and children’s wards, local schools and community social services.

The team assesses each child and a multidisciplinary treatment plan is offered for those requiring care on one of their children’s wards. They maintain close links with Children’s Social Services to ensure children are supported at home and in the community.

Contact Information

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Service
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
369 Fulham Road
SW10 9NH

T: 020 3315 8617

Occupational Therapy

Paediatric Occupational Therapy (0-19)

Paediatric occupational therapists assess and treat children who have difficulties that affect their ability to do every day physical activities. This can be issues with eating, sleeping, fine motor skills, self-help skills, posture, balance, drawing and handwriting.

In a nursery or pre-school, an occupational therapist looks particularly at a child’s general development. This can be monitored through play and self-care activities. This service caters for children ages from 0-19 years who have a wide range of disabilities, disorders and delays including physical disability, sensory needs, profound and complex learning disabilities and motor coordination difficulties. For more information contact:

Children’s Occupational Therapy Department, Imperial College Healthcare, St Mary’s Hospital, Praed Street, London W2 1NY, Tel: 020 7886 6098.

Team Lead Children & Young people’s Occupational Therapy, Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Parsons Green Walk In Centre, 5-7 Parsons Green, London, SW6 4UL. Tel: 07958 467884

Please note that home adaptions and equipment are provided via Social Services Occupational Therapy.