The Children’s Community Learning Disability Nursing Service are a team of experienced learning disability nurses and assistant practitioners. We are able to offer a service when a child or young person requires specialist support arising from their learning disability or autism and its impact on their health. We often do this by working to advise parents or other health professionals working with that child.
Who is the service for?
Children aged 2-18 years
- with global development or learning disabilities
- who require specialist support beyond universal and targeted service
Children aged 2-11 years
- who have a diagnosis of autism
- we have a limited offer of services in the process of assessment for autism
What to expect?
Parents will be offered a programme or workshop as this has been shown to be the most helpful for families. The programmes and workshops we offer are co-facilitated alongside partner agencies. The aim is to help understand and positively meet the child’s needs.
The programmes are:
- NAS EarlyBird (for parents of children pre-school autism)
- What Now? (for parents of school age children with autism)
- Early-Positive Approach to Support (E-PAtS) (for parents of children pre-school aged children with developmental delay)
- Behaviour Support workshops (for parents of children with learning disabilities and/or autism who fit our criteria above)
- Sensory Workshops (alongside an Occupational Therapist, for parents of children with learning disabilities and/or autism or going through an autism assessment who fit our criteria above)
- Sleep Workshops (for parents of children with learning disabilities and/or autism, or going through an autism assessment, who fit our criteria above)
For children/young people with a learning disability where a parent programme/workshop has been completed, or does not meet identified need, we can provide specialist assessments and interventions:
- Understanding behaviour
- Skills development (e.g. eating, independence skills)
- Access to health provisions/health promotion
For children with autism (without learning disabilities) where complex behavioural difficulties persist after attending appropriate parent programmes we can offer a time limited intervention. This would support the family to develop a behaviour support plan.
In addition we can provide advice and consultation for other health teams on how to adapt their service to make reasonable adjustment for children with learning disabilities or autism.
How to refer
To send us a referral or if you have any queries please contact us via email at: ChildrensLearningDisability@cumbria.nhs.uk