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
Speech And Language Therapy (0-19) (RBKC, LBHF, WCC)
Speech and Language Therapy for Children (0-19)
Children’s speech and language therapy teams assess, diagnose, and provide therapy for children and young people under the age of 19 with speech, language, communication and/or swallowing problems to help them communicate to the best of their ability.
Difficulties children can have with their communication can include:
- Mild, moderate or severe learning difficulties
- Physical disabilities
- Language delay
- Specific language impairment
- Specific difficulties in producing sounds
- Hearing Impairment
- Cleft palate
- Autism/social interaction difficulties
- Voice disorders
- Selective mutism
- Feeding and swallowing difficulties
Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster referrals should be sent to:
Central Administration Office
Speech & Language Therapy
Parson’s Green Health Centre
5-7 Parson’s Green
Phone: 020 8846 7987
Paediatric Music Therapy (0-5) (RBKC)
Chelsea and Westminster has one of the longest histories for the provision of paediatric music therapy in the National Health Service (NHS). Music therapists work with children who have a wide variety of communication, social, developmental and emotional needs.
Music therapy is a research active profession. It can help boost the communication skills of children with autism spectrum disorders and it is a service highly valued by parents and healthcare professionals.
What Music Therapy Offers:
- music therapy treatment for babies, children and young people
- courses of individual or group music therapy
- parent and child music therapy sessions for the under 5s
- consultation and training to other professionals including the voluntary sector
Music Therapy Service
Cheyne Child Development Service
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
369 Fulham Road
T: 020 3315 6472
Physiotherapy (RBKC, LBHF, WCC)
Physiotherapy for Children (0-19) North RBKC, LBHF, North WCC
The paediatric physiotherapy team is made up of physiotherapists who have completed additional training to specialise in the assessment and treatment of babies, children and young people with movement difficulties. Children are usually referred to this service by orthopaedic consultants, GPs and paediatricians.
The types of conditions seen by the service include:
- conditions children are born with, e.g. positional talipes (feet held in an abnormal position)
- acute soft tissue injuries, e.g. muscle and ligament sprains
- rehabilitation following orthopaedic surgery, e.g. fractures, leg-lengthening procedures
- long-term joint and muscle pain, e.g. low back pain, anterior knee pain
- conditions which cause delay to a child’s on-going physical development e.g. cerebral palsy/Down Syndrome
Paediatric physiotherapists use a range of approaches that are individually tailored to each child’s needs. This may include exercise programmes, postural management, bespoke orthotics, walking aids and other specialist equipment.
Services are generally provided at the following locations:
- children’s wards at St Mary’s Hospital, including paediatric intensive care unit
- neonatal units at both Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital and St Mary’s hospitals, including the neonatal clinics at Hammersmith Hospital
- outpatient service at St Mary’s Hospital (for GP and consultant referrals)
Children can also receive physiotherapy within the following settings: physiotherapy-led outpatient clinics, nurseries, children’s centres, special and mainstream schools, and children’s homes.
Children are usually referred to this service by orthopaedic consultants, GPs and paediatricians. Please speak to one of these professionals for more information about this service.
Physiotherapy for Children (0-19) South RBKC, LBHF, South WCC
The provision of children’s physiotherapy at Chelsea and Westminster offers community and acute services including orthopaedic physiotherapy practitioners. This streamlined, fully integrated service is part of the holistic care offered at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.
- The assessment and treatment of children and young people with neuro-developmental delay, musculoskeletal problems, neurological impairment, neuromuscular, orthopaedic and cardiovascular respiratory problems up to the age of 16 (19 for those with developmental problems).
- Developmental assessments of at-risk premature babies born in the hospital or admitted to neonatal intensive care.
- Outpatient clinics for children with musculoskeletal problems.
- Weekly core stability class Weekly drop-in clinic attached to Paediatric Emergency Care.
- Immediate access to physiotherapy attached to twice weekly fracture clinic for prompt initial advice, with follow-up arranged locally.
- A weekly leg class for knee and ankle injuries, and a back education class for adolescents every six weeks.
- Weekly parent group on positioning and development in neonatal intensive care.
- Weekly orthotic clinics.
- Toe walking clinic.
Community services are provided at home and in community clinics at St Dunstan’s Clinic and South Westminster Centre for Health, nursery, mainstream and special schools.
For more information contact the Physiotherapy Service directly on 020 3315 8667
Special Yoga is a Center of excellence for Yoga Teacher Training offering programs for Yoga teachers, parents and paediatric professionals to deliver yoga as a therapeutic treatment in the special needs community. They also offer training in schools to support whole classrooms as well as smaller groups of children.
In addition to their core Special Needs focus, Special Yoga offer daily affordable Yoga classes for everyone – as well as weekly baby, toddler and pregnancy classes. Weekends are celebrated with a wide offer of exciting and original workshops where you are invited to chant, dance, learn and discover Yoga in new ways.
Yoga is a great therapeutic tool for children, young people and adults with disabilities. At The Full of Life Centre for Young People with Complex Needs, yoga is incorporated regularly into the activities timetable. Yoga provides fantastic conditioning for the mind and body, so we strongly recommend you check out Special Yoga and see the benefits for yourself!