Children’s Learning Disability Service

The Children’s Learning Disability Service is for children aged 5 to 18 with a moderate to severe learning disability diagnosis, who display difficult to manage behaviours in the home.

The team has:

  • learning disability nurses
  • sensory integration-trained occupational therapists
  • play therapist

What the team offers

The team offer functional behaviour assessments, and sensory processing assessments (when related to a difficult to manage behaviour). The team will look at why difficult to manage behaviours occur, and create a behaviour management plan.

The service offers sleep assessments when children suffer with disrupted sleep, or don’t receive enough sleep.

The team also work with children around their health and sexuality (either individually or as part of a group).

How to access

The main pathway into the service is via the Behaviour Management Programme. This is an eight week programme for parents and carers of children with learning disabilities.

The programme helps parents and carers to understand the reasons behind difficult to manage behaviours.

Children and young people must be registered with a GP in the Southend, Essex or Thurrock area.


Who the service provides for

5 to 18 year olds with a moderate to severe learning disability diagnosis, who display difficult to manage behaviours in the home.


Hours of operation

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm


How the service is accessed

Referrals can be made via the CLDS Child Referral Form. These can be completed by any registered health or social care professional (e.g. GP, school doctor or nurse, paediatrician, social worker).

In Thurrock, referrals will only be accepted via the Children with Disabilities Team in Social Care and with prior agreement.


Email address

clds@nhs.net

Phone number

01206 334026

Operational locations

  • Basildon
  • Braintree
  • Brentwood
  • Castle Point
  • Chelmsford
  • Colchester
  • Epping
  • Harlow
  • Maldon
  • Rochford
  • Southend-on-Sea
  • Tendring
  • Thurrock

Address

Holmer Court
Essex Street
Colchester
Essex
CO3 3BT

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