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Childrens Learning Disabilities Team

We are a team of experienced learning disability nurses and assistant practitioners. We are able to offer a service when a child or young person requires specialist support arising from their learning disability or autism and its impacts on their health. We often do this by working to advise parents or other health professionals working with that child.

Usually we will offer parents a programme or workshop first as this has been shown to be the most helpful for families. The programmes and workshops we offer are facilitated alongside partner agencies to help to understand and positively meet the child’s needs.

The programmes are:

    • NAS EarlyBird (Pre-school autism specific parent programme)
    • What Now? (School age autism specific parent programme)
    • E- PAts (Preschool, learning disability specific parent programme)
    • Behaviour Support workshops (For parents of any school aged children who meet our eligibility criteria)
    • Sensory Workshops (alongside an Occupational Therapist)
    • Sleep Workshops

For children/young people with a Learning Disability and parent programme/workshop has been completed, or does not meet identified need, we can provide specialist assessments and interventions:

·         Understanding Behaviour

·         Sleep

·         Continence

·         Skills development (e.g. feeding, independence skills)

·         Access to health provisions / Health promotion

·         Transitions

In addition we can: 

Provide advice and consultation for other health teams on how to adapt their service to make reasonable adjustment for children with learning disabilities or autism. 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Nicola Bruff
Contact Position
Childrens Learning Disability Nurse
01229 404693
Childrens Learning Disabilities Team

Where to go


Below is a list of the locations the service can be accessed throughout Cumbria:

East Cumbria (Carlisle & Eden)
Springboard Development Centre, Orton Road, Carlisle, CA1 3SX
Tel: 01228 603195

South Cumbria (Barrow & South Lakes)
Stafford House, 103-105 Abbey Road, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 5EX
Tel: 01229 404693

West Cumbria (Allerdale & Copeland)
Workington Community Hospital, Park Lane, Workington, CA14 2RW
Tel: 01900 705081

Other Details


Referral required
Referral Details

Referrals and Contact Information:

To requested a referral form or if you have any queries, please contact us via email at

Programmes delivered are across the County and venues / dates / times will change each term.

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
Transitions to Adulthood(16+)
Secondary (11-15 years)
Primary (5-10 years)
Early Years (0-4 years)
SEN Provision Type
Last updated: 16/11/2021
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