Craighalbert Centre
1 Craighalbert Way
G68 0LS

Craighalbert Centre


The SCCMI provides education and therapeutic provisions for children and young people with cerebral palsy and related neurological conditions.  Cerebral palsy  describes a group of permanent disorders of the development of movement and posture, causing activity limitation, that are attributed to non-progressive disturbances that occurred in the developing foetal or infant brain. The motor disorders of cerebral palsy are often accompanied by disturbances of sensation, perception, cognition, communication, and behaviour, by epilepsy, and by secondary musculoskeletal problems. 

As a national centre established to provide education and therapy for children from all parts of Scotland affected by disorders of movement, co-ordination, communication and learning, caused by cerebral palsy or other related neurological conditions, SCCMI aims to engage with as many children and young people as possible who may benefit from such engagement and welcomes enquiries from professionals and parents/carers regarding the possibility of a child/young person accessing its services. 

In order to determine whether the SCCMI offers the most appropriate environment to address the particular needs of the individual child/young person, a comprehensive assessment of each child/young person is conducted and extensive consultation with parents/carers and with other appropriate professionals is undertaken.  A range of general criteria are employed to determine admission, including:

A diagnosis of cerebral palsy or other non-progressive neurological disorder which has resulted in the child/young person having motor, communication and learning difficulties.

  • In cases where a diagnosis is not confirmed, a clear neurological disorder as evidenced by eg substantial delay in meeting developmental milestones which has resulted in the child/young person having evident motor or sensory difficulties.

  • The engagement of a young child with the EIP requires that one of the parents, a close relative or carer attends with the child at all sessions. 

  • The Nursery/Primary classes can accommodate a wide range of abilities, therefore all children who would not have the ability to attend mainstream school could have their needs met within the SCCMI Nursery/Primary classes. 

  • The abilities of children admitted to the Nursery/Primary classes are therefore wide-ranging and currently include children positioned towards the most severe and complex aspects of the disability spectra, including those with exceptional health care needs. 

  • In considering the admission of a child/young person to the AEP, the child/young person would normally be required to demonstrate the ability to:

  • communicate a level which would have an impact on movement and posture;
  • engage with their immediate environment;

  • interact with others;

  • operate within a group environment as individual therapy intervention is not appropriate within this programme;

  • benefit from short and regular placements.


    Further information is also available in the Admission Policy and Procedures which you can access via SCCMI’s website or reception.  Should you require further information or to arrange to visit the Centre please contact Alison Philipps on 01236 456100 in the first instance.

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