Community Learning Disability Autism Team

Community Learning Disability and Autism team (CLDA), works with clients with Autism and/or Learning Disabilities who need mental health support. The team works with clients who have a variety of issues including risky behaviours, trauma, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.
Clients can be referred by residential or supported living services, GP’s, Psychiatrists and the NHS. Self or family referrals are also accepted.
The team consists of a Positive Behaviour Support Team led by an experienced Behavioural Practitioner, as well as qualified Clinical and Forensic Psychologists, supported by PBS Practitioners and Assistant Psychologists.

The team provides assessment, formulation, and intervention to address mental health issues using a multi-disciplinary model, drawing from practitioners across Positive Behaviour Support (PBS), Psychology, Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy. We also provide Case Management for complex cases and utilise Experts by Experience to guide our communication and approach. Assessment and specialist advice can also be provided in undertaking detailed assessments and reports for diagnoses such as ADHD and Autism, issues related to mental health such as Communication (Speech and Language Therapy), Mental Capacity under the Mental Health Act (2005), therapeutic application of daily activities (Occupational Therapy) and psychological interventions such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness.

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