Dr Chelvi Kukendrarajah
MBBS MSc MRCP FRCPCH
Dr Chelvi Kukendrarajah is a Consultant Paediatrician and Lead Clinician for the specialist Community Paediatric Services at the Hillingdon Child Development Centre, Central North West London Foundation Trust. She is a consultant paediatrician with an excellent record of training and many years of clinical experience. After graduation, she trained in paediatrics and obtained her Membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
Dr Kukendrarajah worked in the internationally renowned National Centre for Social Communication disorder, Harper House Children’s Service in Radlett and in various teaching hospitals such as St Mary’s Paddington and The Royal Free Hospital, London. During her paediatric training, she specialised in neurodevelopmental problems and neuro-disabilities and received a Master degree at the University College London (UCL). She is also fully trained and experienced in the use of specialist instruments such as standardized assessments 3Di – Developmental, Dimensional and Diagnostic Interview, DISCO, and Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and Bayley III.
Dr Kukendrarajah has received several clinical excellence awards for her excellent work in NHS.
Dr Kukendrarajah currently provides private joint assessments with highly specialist speech and language therapists for the diagnosis and management of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and associated conditions such as ADHD, dyspraxia (developmental coordination disorder), challenging behaviour, sleep and feeding problems and other neurodevelopmental problems such as cerebral palsy and general developmental delay.
She has an excellent team of highly specialist speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists and jointly works with child psychiatrists. She has very experienced speech and language therapist who provides ADOS -2 (autism diagnostic observation schedule) as part of the assessment process for the diagnosis of ASD. Therapists who regularly attend ADOS-2 (play-based assessment) reliability in order to independently validate the scoring of ADOS -2 assessments
Speech and language therapists in her team use ‘attention autism’ intervention developed by Gina Davis, a tool with a proven record predominantly in preschool and primary school children.
The child and their family is the central point of Dr Kukendrarajah approach, in which it empowers them to make joint decisions and choices. She provides robust, evidence-based developmental diagnoses, which many parents find invaluable in helping to choose interventions and secure support for their children. Her consultations are child-centred, sensitive, and friendly, and she aims to help find the cause of any problem as well as treating the symptoms. It’s so important to take the time to explain what’s happening so that your child’s symptoms make sense to both you and them, and so that you feel fully informed about what’s going on. She will always give you time to talk and feel listened to.