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.

Recruitment criteria update

We have now reached the target number of children with difficulties in attention, learning and / or memory set out in our original study design. Recruitment to CALM for children with these problems is now closed.

From May 2018 we will be recruiting children attending the same schools as the children we have already seen in CALM. The purpose of this new recruitment phase is to allow us to look in detail at the extent to which the cognitive abilities, learning, behaviour and brain functioning of children referred to CALM differ from a representative sample of children of the same age.

During this phase we are no longer able to accept referrals for children who are struggling academically. We would like to take this opportunity to reassure you that we will assess any children whose families have already sent in their expression of interest forms (dated 6th March or before).

We realise that this new direction for the clinic will bring disappointment to some of you, but our new recruitment strategy represents an exciting time for us in developing our understanding of the cognitive and neural characteristics of children with particular profiles of learning difficulties relative to the larger school population.

How can we stay involved with research at CALM?

We would like to invite referrers to attend our annual CALM workshop, which this year is on “CALM: The Story So Far” and will be held on Saturday 9th June 2018. For more information and details of how to register click here.


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