By Post FIS, 1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ
Who we are:
This is a specialist / tier 3 NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health service (CAMHS) for children with disabilities and emotional / behavioural and mental health concerns.
Much of our work is with children and young people with significant learning disabilities and /or ASD. We also accept referrals where there are other types of moderate to profound disability (e.g. physical disability)
We are based at Hackney Ark and work with a multidisciplinary team which includes:
- clinical psychologists
- consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist
- play specialist
- systemic family therapist
- child and adolescent psychotherapist
- assistant psychologists
What we do:
We meet with children, young people and families to think together about concerns, understand them better and work on agreed goals for positive change.
We work with other professionals to join up strategies and approaches these may include:
- Hackney Ark
- Community Paediatricians - Hackney Ark
- Speech and Language Therapy Service
- Children’s Occupational Therapy
- Children’s Physiotherapy Service
- Disabled Children’s Service or other social workers
- Inclusion and Specialist Support Team or other relevant education staff
Further information about the following care pathways:
- Multi-agency pathways and partnership working
- Diagnosis and intervention for neuro-developmental disorders
- Clinical Psychology pathways
- Mental Health pathways
…can be found here:
CAMHS Disability groups for parents and carers:
We run groups to share skills and information and support parents.
These may include:
- Positive Parenting
- CAMHS café
- Teen Troubles
To see more information on CAMHS sessions for parents see the CAMHS events calendar
Siblings Club – CAMHS Disability
(ages 6 -11 years and 12-18 years)
Siblings Club is a group for brothers and sisters of children and young people with disabilities and developmental difficulties.
A video made by siblings to highlight the benefits of the club can be found on the CAMHS stand alone website.
You can watch the video here: CAMHS Siblings Group Video
Find out more: Siblings Club – CAMHS Disability
We provide assessment and treatment for children and young people with developmental difficulties and disability, who also experience mental health problems (e.g. dual diagnosis of autism and ADHD, medication, state of mind assessment, trauma and attachment, emotional response to diagnosis).
Find out more: ASD assessment leaflet
We contribute to specialist assessment and intervention groups for autism which include:
- Complex Communication Needs Assessment Group
- Next Steps
- The Earlybird Course
- The Earlybird Plus Course
- Autism Parents Coffee Morning (dates on the What's On? page)
ASD offer to support families and schools:
What does this service offer to schools?
CAMHS Disability are pleased to inform schools of a service for children and young people with ASD from across the ability range (i.e. attending mainstream or specialist provision).
2 x ASD Assistant Psychologists from the team at the Hackney Ark can offer school staff and families support to complement and collaborate with existing ASD services in the borough.
This short-term work of up to 6 sessions, aims to help families directly with difficulties (for example, issues with communication, behaviour, eating, or sleep).
The 2 x ASD Assistant Psychologists are able to organise and run ASD specific workshops and to provide:
- teaching and
- training to schools, other staff and parents/carers
...to develop an shared understanding of ASD by offering practical advice and signposting to local resources.
Who can be referred?
- Families of children/young people with an ASD diagnosis (with or without Learning Difficulties), aged up to 19 years across both mainstream & specialist school settings.
- Families, where appropriate, of children currently waiting for an ASD assessment through the Hackney ARK
In the future the aim is to organise and support drop-in sessions for staff and families in specialist and mainstream schools where staff and families can be provided with practical information and signposted to local resources.
To find out more see the information leaflet and referral form in the download section of this page.
Clinical Psychologists – help to understand concerns about behaviour, emotions and learning abilities in children and young people, and enable families to work towards making positive changes. Clinical Psychologists also work as part of diagnostic teams. Clinical Psychologists are trained in a range of assessment, therapeutic and research skills to treat children and adults across the lifespan using evidence based practice.
Child and adolescent Psychiatrist- a medical doctor who specialises in the assessment and treatment of conditions that affect children and young people’s behaviour, thinking and emotions. Their knowledge of biological and medical factors, alongside a range of psychological, social and other factors, is used to confirm a mental health diagnosis and/or prescribe medication where appropriate.
Child and adolescent Psychotherapist - Child psychotherapists meet with children/young people at regular times and places, giving a safe space and developing a trusting relationship in which they can express their view of the world, through words or actions. Over time, the child/young person is supported to begin to understand their own feelings and behaviour.
Family Therapist – Family therapists help those in close relationships to better understand and support each other. They enable family members to express and explore thoughts and emotions safely, understanding each other’s experiences and views. This can help families to appreciate each other’s needs, strengthen resources and work together to make useful changes in their relationships.
Play Specialist – The Play specialist at the Ark uses structured play sessions to help children explore their surroundings, and develop skills like social awareness through turn-taking, memory and attention through games and independence and self-esteem through creative tasks. Play Specialists can offer consultations to parents and carers who would like to develop a child’s level of play and interaction. They can also model play skills with parents and siblings, offer play ideas for development and may bring toys to the home. Parents access Play Therapy through a professional referral to CAMHS Disability. Parents known to the service can call to discuss a self-referral.
All staff have the relevant qualifications required for their role.