Treatment, assessments and therapies

During your child’s stay at Collingham, staff have many opportunities for assessment and intervention as children show their strengths and difficulties through the course of the day.

While your child is an inpatient at Collingham, staff can also observe problems as they occur. We look at what is happening around your child when the problem occurs, what your child does when the problem occurs and the consequences of the problem. We talk to your child about their view of what happened, and we try different ways of helping them to see what works.

At Collingham, we provide a therapeutic environment where:

  • Children can recover from difficulties and learn new ways to cope in the world. For some children we devise more formal behaviour programmes to encourage them to make changes.
  • Children can get the support they need to do well in class. We offer support throughout the day to help children learn how they can feel pleased with their achievements.
  • Children can improve their relationships with adults and peers, so they can feel better about themselves. We encourage children to help and support each other.
  • We also work with you to transfer what children have learned at Collingham to life at home. We are open to your advice and suggestions about how to help your child.

As well as increased opportunities for observation, we offer a number of specific assessments and therapies. These include assessments for autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) and ADHD, individual psychological therapy, speech and language therapy, and occupational therapy. Therapies include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), family therapy and medication. If you would like to know more about these have a look at the information created for adolescents, “How can CAMHS help?

Some children have difficulties which require us to tailor interventions to help them. For instance, we support children with eating difficulties to begin eating enough to put on weight and to tackle the thoughts and feelings driving their behaviour. We work with children who hurt themselves to find safer ways to manage their feelings.

For some children at Collingham, we may suggest or review medication. Any treatment requires parental consent and we only proceed after careful discussion with children and parents.