Paediatric Learning Disability / Complex Needs Service

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    Paediatric Learning Disability / Complex Needs Service

    We provide specialist support to children with learning disabilities and complex needs, including Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

    Our assessments are carried out by qualified professionals, and we plan our interventions around each individual child or young person.

    What kind of issues can we help with?
    The Learning Disability/Complex Needs Team work with individuals and families to assess and identify need. The following are some of the issues that we can support children and families with:

    • Behaviour
    • Emotional literacy
    • Anger management
    • Sleep
    • Toilet training – where there is a behavioural element
    • Puberty, personal relationships and sexual health
    • Keeping safe
    • Social skills
    • Family sessions
    • Diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorders
    • Understanding autistic spectrum disorders

    The team includes

    • Consultant psychiatrist
    • Clinical psychologists
    • Registered learning disability nurses
    • Nursery nurse
    • Associate Practitioners
    • Health Care Support Workers

    We believe that early intervention can help parents and carers to manage some difficulties that are encountered on a daily basis. The team is committed to working in partnership with parents and carers, the Local Authority Social Care and Education, as well as the Voluntary Sector.

    Who is our Service for?
    All teams see children aged 0-18 who have a diagnosis of moderate, severe and profound learning disability.

    Central Lancashire team also provides services to young people aged 0-16 who have a mild learning disability or who have a diagnosis of Autism / Asperger’s syndrome.

    The Central Lancashire teams also work in conjunction with the Paediatric service and CAMHS to collectively run the diagnostic pathway for the assessment of autistic spectrum disorder in school aged children.

    Groups  - We also run a number of groups including :-

    • Riding the Rapids is a 10 week course based on a well-researched behavioural principles for parents/carers who have a primary-school aged child with a disability or autism. It is for parents/who would like to try different approaches to manage their child’s behaviours.
    • Cygnet - Attending the Cygnet group gives parents an opportunity to better understand Autistic Spectrum Conditions. It offers practical strategies that you can implement at home, gives you a chance to meet with others in a similar position and hear about their experiences. 


    What are the hours of Service?
    The service is usually provided between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, however these times are flexible to meet the needs of the child or their families.

    Where do we provide our service?
    The teams are based in East and Central Lancashire, however we are now seeing children across the whole of Lancashire with agreement from local commissioners.

    Contact the service via:

    Chorley and South Ribble - 01772 644644
    Shawbrook House, Balcarres Rd, Leyland, PR25 3ED

    East Lancs – 01254 226480
    The Mount, Whalley Road, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 5DE

    Preston - 01772 777344
    Ellen House, 1-3 Ellen Court, Preston, PR1 7RH

    West Lancs - 01695 588430
    Westgate House, Hillside Health Centre, Tanhouse Road, Skelmersdale, WN8 6DS

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