Dr Chelvi Kukendrarajah is a Consultant Paediatrician and Lead Clinician for the Central North West London Foundation Trust Community Paediatric Services in Hillingdon. 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. In 2003, and `she is a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics in 2003.
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 Neurodisabilities and received a Masters degree at the University College London (UCL). Dr Kukendrarajah is fully trained and experienced in the use of specialist instruments such as standardised assessments 3Di - Developmental, Dimensional and Diagnostic Interview, DISCO, diagnostic interview check list for neurodevelopmental assessment, and Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and Bayley III.
Dr Kukendrarajah has a particular interest and extensive experience in the diagnosis and management of social communication disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorders and co existing conditions ADHD, Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (Dyspraxia), Learning Difficulties, and Sleeping and Feeding disorders.
She has wide experience of working with a multi disciplinary team consisting of Speech and Language Therapists, Clinical Psychologists, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists. In addition she has considerable experience in collaborative work with a wider Paediatric network, and agencies such as Education and Social Services.
Her approach is child and family centered, which empowers them to make informed 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.
Dr Kukendrarajah sometimes provides private joint assessments with highly specialist speech and language therapists for the
Diagnosis and Management of Autism Spectrum Disorder and associated conditions such as ADHD, Challenging Behaviour, sleep and feeding problems.
She has a team of highly specialist Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational therapists, Clinical Psychologists and
jointly works with Child Psychiatrists.
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. Therapists who regularly attend ADOS-2 reliability in order to independently validate the scoring of ADOS -2 assessment. They have more 80% reliability rating.
In her NHS role, in line with the recommendations of NICE, Dr Kukendrarajah has developed an excellent service for Autism Spectrum Disorder and some of the co-existing conditions. She produced a comprehensive Assessment Tool which has proved invaluable and is now beginning to be recognised for use by other service providers.
Dr. Kukendrarajah continuously reviews and updates her skills in line with current evidence and NICE/SIGN guidelines to achieve and maintain high quality services. She hold several 'Clinical Excellence Awards' for her hard work in the NHS.
Community.scope.org.uk - Parents and carers
My 22 month old was recently diagnosed with Mild Cerebral Palsy.I had been to see so
many people and all missed the diagnosis. I seen a lady,after researching
myself, in the Clementine Churchill Hospital, Sudbury Hill, Harrow, HA1 3RX.
Her name is Dr. Chelvi Kukendra-Rajah and she is fantastic. Diagnosed him in
first consultation and referred me to a brilliant physiotherapist. I did go
private with BUPA for this consultation and his MRI but she does work in
Hillingdon NHS hospital in a child development centre and that’s where I seen
the physio too.