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Learning Disability Team 

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What support is available?

We are here to support you and your family if you’ve been referred by your GP or school for an assessment or diagnosis for a learning disability, mental health condition or challenging behaviour. We’ll be able to meet and offer support to you individually or as a family.

Learning disability service

If a diagnosis is made following on from your assessment, CAMHS or your buddy will be there to help you understand more about the diagnosis and a care plan will be put in place to support you.

What can we help you with?

We can come and meet you and your family at home or in schools or wherever you feel more at ease. We can help you with understanding more about your diagnosis and offer support with the following:

With your permission we will link up with other services who may be supporting you. These could include school, social care, and respite services. This will ensure we all work together to best support you and your family and improve goals and outcomes for you.

We facilitate access with other services within CAMHS and workshops for parents to help gain a better understanding of ASD.

What other support is available?

Bucks Family Information Service is a local website with information on support groups, day’s out and information on different children and young people’s services in Buckinghamshire. Below are some examples of support groups and opportunities available via the Bucks Family Information Service website.

  • GRASPS – Asperger ASD Support Group – Greater Resources for Aspergers Supporting Parents and Siblings
  • Early Bird Programme – The National Autistic Society (NAS) Early Bird Programme is a 10 week programme for parents of young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Help With Autism– Supporting families, schools and organisations. Help with autism is THE place to find great quality, up to date support and resources for anything autism related.
  • Buckinghamshire Community Nursing Team – A county-wide team of Registered Nurses qualified in Learning Disabilities and or Children’s Nursing

How do I get in contact?

We recommend speaking to a trusted adult or GP about any concerns you have relating to some of the symptoms mentioned above.

Under 16s

If you are under 16 and have a learning disability and also having difficulties with your mental health, emotions or how you behave, then you can ask your parents, teacher, GP, school nurse or any trusted adult to give us a call on 01865 901951.

16 - 17 year olds

If you are 16 or 17 and have a learning disability and also having difficulties with your mental health (for example, feeling sad, anxious, angry or alone), or are struggling to understand your emotions and behaviours then you or your parent/s can call us on 01865 901951. We will arrange an assessment with you and will discuss your parent/s’ involvement.

 

If you would like to get in contact with CAMHS about any concerns or questions, contact our single point of access service on 01865 901951. All younger children can be referred by their general practitioner (GP).

Useful resources

Further reading

Lucy Willetts

–       Can I tell you about ADHD

–       Can I tell you about Autism

–       Can I tell you About Asperger Syndrome?

Francis Musgrave – The Asperger Children’s Toolkit

These likeable characters guide children with AS through some of the trickiest, stickiest conundrums known to humankind: from anxiety and negative thinking, to sensory overload, emotions, friendship and trust and social situations.

For parents:

The Autism Discussion Page on the core challenges of autism: A Toolbox for helping children with autism feel safe, accepted and competent – Bill Nason

Websites

National Autistic Society

Find out about diagnosing autism (including Asperger syndrome), and the impact on people and their families, and find advice and support on all aspects of life with autism.

Contact a Family

A national charity for families with disabled children. We provide information, advice and support. We bring families together so they can support each other. We campaign to improve their circumstances, and for their right to be included and equal in society.

Bucks Family Information Service

A local website with information on support groups, day’s out and information on different children and young people’s services in Buckinghamshire.

NHS England – Autistic Spectrum Disorder

NHS Choices, advice and guidance around Autism Spectrum Disorder

Apps

Happypic

A facial recognition game aimed to help children recognise emotion.

Last updated: 20 March, 2018