Children’s Learning Disability Service

The Children’s Learning Disability Service (CLDS) is a multi-professional healthcare team who assess and treat children with moderate to severe learning disabilities who exhibit difficult to manage behaviours. The team are comprised of registered LD Nurses and Sensory Integration trained Occupational Therapists, alongside support staff.

The aim of the service is to identify the function to a child’s difficult to manage behaviour, including any sensory processing problems impacting on their behaviour, and use this to inform a Behaviour Management Plan to help modify the behaviour and improve the child’s overall wellbeing and level of functioning.

The team offer individual assessments, parenting groups and workshops, direct intervention with children both individually and group-based intervention. Services offered include, functional behaviour assessments, sensory processing assessments (or a blend of both), community-based sleep assessments, health and sexuality assessments and treatment and emotional wellbeing support (including anger management, mindfulness and meditation and yoga).

Where service is based

Holmer Court
Headgate
Colchester
CO3 3BT

Hours of operation

Monday – Friday, 9 – 5

How to contact service

Telephone: 01206 334026
E-mail: clds@nhs.net

How to access the service

Referrals can be made by any registered health or social care professional on the team’s dedicated referral form. A request for this form can be made to clds@nhs.net but most of our main referrers have a copy already.

Children referred must have a diagnosed moderate to severe learning disability, and engage in difficult to manage behaviours within the home. Children must be registered with a GP in the North Essex area (North East, Mid or West) and must be aged between 5 – 18 years.