We heard about this place from a mum who said she only heard of it through word of mouth and she wanted more people to be aware that such a great place was available to support children and their families in London. So we spoke to Georgia Campbell, a senior therapist at The London Children’s Practice, who explained to us exactly what they do.
The London Children’s Practice is a multidisciplinary assessment and therapy centre with a long history of supporting children and families. Their team is comprised of professionals from every area of Special Education Needs support, including Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Medical Services, Clinical Psychology, Educational Psychology and Art Therapy.
Within the multidisciplinary team they are able to assess, and provide formal diagnoses for Autism, Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (dyspraxia), and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Specific Language Impairment, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Language delay/disorder, Speech delay/disorder and stammering. If parents are unsure of what their child needs, they can ring the clinic and consult with a member of the senior therapy team who will assist in finding the right pathway for their child. They then provide individual and group therapy support to children in homes, schools and within their clinics.
They make sure each service in linked by having therapists from the different services liaise as required and they can even provide joint assessments or therapy sessions if necessary.
During school holidays (including half-terms) they run holiday activity days. These are run by qualified therapists with support from therapy students. Each day has a different focus, for example, music, dance, craft, and sports. Each activity week is topic-themed to enhance vocabulary and concept learning. Skills targeted in these days include Speech and Language Development, Motor Skills, Social skills and team work. Siblings are encouraged to join!
At the London Children’s Practice parents are welcome to self-refer. Private health care or a referral from a doctor is not necessary to access their services.
The London Children’s Practice work with many people from multi-lingual backgrounds and provide intensive therapy sessions for clients from the UK or overseas. They also provide assessments for use towards Education, Health and Care needs assessments or tribunal proceedings.