MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit

How to refer a child

Information for referrers

Children must be referred to the CALM research clinic by a professional working with the child. Such professionals can include SENCos, Speech and Language therapists, Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service practitioners and educational and clinical psychologists.

How do I identify suitable children?

Please note we are unable to accept children with English as an additional language (EAL).


The Centre for Attention Learning and Memory (CALM) is seeking referrals for children aged between 5 and 18 years who you think may have problems in one of the following areas:

  • Attention
  • Memory
  • Language
  • Reading
  • Maths

We are accepting children with and without formal clinical diagnoses.

If you work with children who meet these criteria and would like a detailed cognitive and behavioural assessment, please refer them to the CALM research study.

I know of a child who may be suitable. What do I do now?

Please pass on to the family the Information Pack (select the pack according to the age of the child). If they wish to take part, they should complete the expression of interest form and return it to us. We contact you when we receive their form and ask you to describe briefly to us any problems that you think the child may have.

It is with regret that we are only able to take referrals for children who live within two hours travelling time of Cambridge.

Information packs to pass on to families (including expression of interest form

Pack for children aged 5-8 years

Pack for children aged 9-11 years

Pack for children aged 12-15 years

Pack for children aged 16-18 years

What assessments do you run with the children?

A full list of the assessments conducted at the clinic can be found here.

What happens after a child has visited the clinic?

You, as the child’s referrer, will receive a report containing the results of the child’s assessments within a month of their visit. You can feedback the information in this report to the child and family and use it to guide the ongoing support you are providing for the child.

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Telephone: +44 1223 273654 or +44 1223 273762


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