CAMHS Gloucestershire provides a comprehensive range of specialist emotional wellbeing and mental health services for all children and young people (0-19 years) who are registered with a GP in Gloucestershire. We also have subcontracted partnership working with Teens in Crisis (TiC+)

CAMHS Learning Disability Team

Who we are

The learning disability team is part of Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust’s CAMHS. The team consists of specialist clinicians offering different types of intervention tailored to meet the needs of young people and their families. We run on a locality basis and run clinics from each of the special schools.

Who we support

Our team provides support to children and young people aged under 18 who have a moderate to severe learning or development disability, attend a special school and are registered with a Gloucestershire GP.

We also support other professionals working with children who have a learning disability.

What we provide

We provide assessment, intervention and support with:

  • behavioural difficulties
  • sleep problems
  • mental health
  • risk management
  • puberty and sexuality issues
  • epilepsy awareness and monitoring
  • medication
  • health promotion.

Courses offered

We offer the following courses:

  • Promoting Positive Behaviours – Webster Stratton course for families who have a child with a disability.
  • Positive Behaviour Management – Learning to de-escalate behaviours and safe holding.
  • Sorrow and Joy – Coming to terms with your child’s disability.

How to contact us

Our team is based at Evergreen House. 
You can telephone us on 01242 634050.

Take a look at this film to find out about the Annual Health Check for people with a learning disability:

The Parenting Team

The Parenting Team is based at Acorn House. Referrals are accepted from practitioners working with young people and their families/carers.

You may also be referred following a CHOICE appointment as part of the Early Intervention pathway.

Our evidence based parenting courses offer support on managing behaviour and input on positive discipline techniques. They aim to build on parents’ strengths, empowering them to feel confident in solving problems. This in turn promotes their children’s self-esteem.

The Parenting Team can be contacted on 01452 894320. The leaflet at the bottom of this page tells you more about how we can help.

Courses we provide

Incredible Years Programme (2-6 years or 7-11 years)
A course for parents who face challenging behaviour including mild ADHD/conduct disorder consisting of 12 sessions, six weeks positive parenting and six weeks positive discipline. This course is available in Polish and Asian dialects.

Parents Plus Children’s Programme (7-11 years)
Running over 7-10 sessions depending on length of school term. Each session has a positive parenting and positive discipline strategy. Aimed at children with mild ADHD/conduct disorder. Available in Polish and Asian dialects.

Programme for Children with Special Needs and Disability (2-12 years)
Aimed at parents whose children have diagnoses of special educational need or disability. Consists of 12 sessions.

‘I feel honoured and proud to have completed this course and feel it has completely changed the way I look at life. I have taken on a more positive outlook of our family life and I am on a mission to ensure my son is so full of positive self-esteem that when the negative issues happen he is equipped to deal with them more calmly.’
PPCP participant 2016

Infant Mental Health Team 

Pregnancy – 2 years

All new parents feel stressed, down and upset from time to time, but sometimes these feelings don’t go away. Occasionally they can be overwhelming and may impact on the relationship with your baby.

Every parent wants to do the best for their baby or toddler, but sometimes there are pressures that put a strain on the relationship and make it hard to bond or emotionally connect to your baby. For example if your birth experience was very difficult, or you had difficult early life experiences yourself, or you experience having intense thoughts that unsettle you.

All through this time babies' brains are developing, forming the foundations for self-control, responses to anxiety and threat, and future social and emotional relationships. Babies and toddlers pick up on how their parents feel and react. If you have significant ongoing difficulties, this may impact in some way on your baby too. As babies and toddlers can’t communicate with words you may notice changes in their behaviour or how upset they are. If you get some help, you will do a lot to help your baby too.

If you feel that you may need help then it would be best to talk to your midwife or health visitor in the first instance. They can be very reassuring and support many parents to overcome their worries and give their babies a great start in life. They can also tell you about other support available and the activities and services for all parents in your area.

If your difficulties are troubling you more, the health visitor or midwife may refer you on to The Infant Mental Health Team. A parent-infant therapist would then meet with you and your baby/ toddler in your home and work with you to see what might make things feel better and whether we can offer any help. The approach is essentially a talking therapy with you as a parent.

The Infant Mental Health Team works with babies up to 2 years as this is the time of most brain development, but interventions will not always go on for this long as many parents feel they have reached their goals much more quickly than this.

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