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Learning Disabilities and CDC

The Learning Disabilities team see children who attend one of the special schools in Portsmouth, namely Mary Rose, Redwood Park, Cliffdale and Willows.

Willows Centre for Children name

Find out more in our service leaflet.

The Child Development service sees children and young people in Portsmouth and across South East Hampshire who have global developmental delay with additional psychological needs.

Mental health and emotional problems can be experienced by all children including those with learning disabilities. Some children can't tell us what is wrong but their behaviour might indicate that they are experiencing mental health problems or are perhaps unwell.

Issues relating to mental health include things like:

  • Anxiety and worries
  • Feeling low or depressed
  • Feelings of anger and frustration
  • Feeling the need to carry out routines or repeat behaviours in certain ways
  • A very small number of children might experience more severe mental health problems such as hearing voices

In our team we offer specialist mental health assessments for children with learning disabilities. Our approaches include the following:

Positive Behaviour Approaches

Functional Analysis

Sensory Integration

Sleep Assessments

Cognitive Assessments

Stepping Stones

Postitive Behaviour Management Group

We use a range of therapies that are found across other CAMHS areas but adapted for the needs of children with learning disabilities and developmental delay, for example CBT, bereavement work and narrative approaches.

Portsmouth CAMHS Learning Disabilties Team (CAMHS-LD) is accredited as "Excellent" by the Quality Network for Community CAMHS (QNCC) up to 2015

CAMHS QNCC



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