About The Lejeune Clinic
“…Every patient is my brother.”
The Lejeune Clinic was set up in 1995 by Dr Margret White and the Guild of Catholic Doctors and was the first center in the UK to provide specialist assessment and therapy for children with Down syndrome and their families. For over twenty years the clinic followed the work of Professor Jerome Lejeune, the French geneticist who in 1959 discovered in the link between Down syndrome and Chromosome 21. Professor Lejeune pioneered a clinic in Paris for the care, research and treatment of children with Down syndrome and devoted his life to working for them and their families and saw thousands of children from across the world at his clinics.
Today, medical services provided in the UK for children with Down syndrome has improved enormously and there is a network of doctors who are members of the Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group who share information with health care professionals involved in the treating and managing of the syndrome and so families can now access support locally.
At the Lejeune Clinic, we continue to support families by providing essential speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and pre-walkers physical therapy sessions. We run a mix of In person and Online sessions as well as Topical Webinars led by specialist therapists and professionals, to support our children from birth to 18 years old.
Our In person SALT Clinics focus on developing the child’s language and communication. The sessions provide intervention strategies with advice and recommendations for parents and carers on how to help their child with their next stage of development, together with practical skills and activities which can be incorporated into their everyday lives.
The therapy interventions taught by our specialist clinicians are proven to have excellent outcomes and are a great resource for parents to ask questions and learn how they can practically help to support their child's progress at home and so give them the best start in life.