The following services and facilities are available at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for children and young people with learning disabilities. Please let us know whether your child has any additional needs in advance so that we can make preparations.
What we mean by Learning or Intellectual Disability
- Has significant difficulty in ‘intellectual functioning’, such as reasoning, problem solving, abstract thinking, and academic learning or learning from experience compared to the expectations for their age.
- Has significant difficulty with ‘adaptive functioning’. This means that the child will not meet the expected standards of independence and responsibility for his or her age. This might include difficulties in being able to feed or dress themselves, or not being able to manage money independently when they get older. Without ongoing support, the difficulties are likely to affect their activities of daily life, such as being able to communicate with others, participate in social events or gain independence. These difficulties occur in different environments, such as at home, school and during leisure time.
- These difficulties began during the developmental period.
Services at GOSH for children with a learning disability
Mental health and behaviour that challenges
Who can help?
- Your named nurse, if your child is admitted to a ward at GOSH
- Nurse Consultant in Learning Disabilities – The Consultant Nurse for Intellectual (Learning) Disabilities, Jim Blair, aims to support people with Learning Disabilities and their families/carers. This specialist role, funded as a Camilla Nurse by the Al Fayed Charitable Foundation, is intended to ensure that children and young people and their families/carers are involved in the decision-making process around the care and treatment that they receive at GOSH. You can call Jim on 020 7813 8465 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Neurodisability team – This specialist team can see children for further assessment of development and learning, and communication. Referrals to the team need to be made by your local Paediatrician or therapy team. For further details see our website.
- The Hospital School – Our School team aims to provide personalised, challenging, enjoyable and innovative learning opportunities within the framework of the National Curriculum. Teachers will also ensure home schools are contacted at the earliest opportunity to obtain information to support planning. For further details, please visit their website or call 020 7813 8269
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service – The department provides highly specialised assessment and treatment of mental and behaviour disorders in both children and adolescents. Visit their website or call 020 7829 8679.
- Paediatric Psychology team – The team aims to provide an assessment, treatment and consultation service to children, their families and the professionals involved in the child's care, to help the child and family cope with acute and chronic illness/disability, and prevent associated psychological difficulties. Visit their website or call 020 7829 8896.