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Specialist Support Team

The Specialist Support Team work under the Children’s Community Nursing Team and can help navigate families to the best support for them throughout their journey from pre and post diagnosis and beyond. The Specialist Support Team consists of a Specialist Practitioner and Specialist Support Worker both in Kingston and Richmond.

We are able to provide advice and support in the following areas:

  • An introduction to ASD and support services available
  • Strategies to support good sleep hygiene.
  • Fussy eating and food aversion
  • Support with toileting
  • Understanding and managing behaviours that challenge
  • Signposting and referral to local and national specialist services and charities
  • Information and advice on understanding the EHCP process and where to access support
  • Use of visual aids and timetables

If you would like to get in contact with someone from the team, please email: healthsupport@achievingforchildren.org.uk

Referral Criteria

Automatic referrals will be accepted from community paediatricians for children within the Integrated Service for Children with Disabilities who:

  • Have had an initial assessment with a Community Paediatrician and are awaiting a Social Communication Assessment.
  • Have been given a diagnosis/ suspected diagnosis of a neurodevelopmental disability/disorder.

Specialist Support Team online referral form (opens a new window)

*Please note that only Kingston professionals are able to refer. Referrals from Richmond professionals will be accepted soon.  

Referrals will be considered for children and young people who are open to either The Moor Lane Centre or Ham Clinic, who have been given a confirmed or suspected neurodevelopmental diagnosis and require specialist advice and support in one or more of the following areas:

  • Understanding the diagnosis and/or diagnostic pathway
  • Accessing eligible benefits such as Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Sleep hygiene associated with diagnosis
  • Fussy eating associated with diagnosis
  • Toileting associated with diagnosis
  • Understanding and managing behaviours that challenge associated with diagnosis
  • Support with understanding professional reports and the EHCP process
  • Liaison with the multidisciplinary team