Dr Chelvi Kukendrarajah


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.

Our services

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.

Development Paediatrics and Neurodisability

Harper House offers a multi-disciplinary approach to diagnostic and management issues in children with a wide range of disabilities. The team has particular interest and experience in the diagnostic and management problems of children with social communication disorders, specific and general learning disabilities, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders, developmental co-ordination disorders and Tourette’s syndrome. The experience and variety of professionals in the team ensures assessment tailored to the specific needs of individual children. The Service places as much value on outreach work in schools and homes as on clinic-based assessments carried out at Harper House itself.

In this post I have acquired:

  • Diagnostic, investigative and communication skills.
    Knowledge and skills in the area of many aspects of social communication disorder, specific learning difficulties, developmental coordination disorder and other developmental disorders for example, and childhood epilepsy attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and conduct disorder. I have gained experience of the cognitive, language and behavioural difficulties that these children experience and their particular needs in terms of educational, social and other interventions, for example, art and music therapy.
  • Expertise in the comprehensive assessment and management of children with autistic spectrum disorder; psychopharmacological management of certain developmental disorders; and techniques for assessing children with multiple disabilities.
  • An understanding of service delivery and service development issues in the area of child disability (for example, multi-agency approaches to problem-solving; appropriate interfacing between different levels of service within the NHS; appropriate appraisal of the cost-effectiveness of services offered to referrers and purchasers).
  • Direct liaison experience with primary, secondary and other levels of care.
  • Familiarity with the legal, philosophical and practical issues relating to the education of children with special needs.
  • This experience has been based on knowledge and skills previously acquired in the following areas and, unless otherwise stated, across all posts held.


  • Knowledge and experience in treating complex epilepsy.
  • Wide experience in neurodisabiliy at presentation and in long-term management.
  • Exposure to more general neurological problems, communication disorders neuropsychiatric problems and behaviour problems.
  • Participation and chairing of a multidisciplinary team involving health and non-health professionals.
  • Liaison with statutory agencies.
  • Clinical responsibility for a special school (severe learning difficulties). Involvement in the process of transition to adult services.
  • Responsibility for a secondary referral clinic in the community.
  • Comprehensive assessments with the formulation of management plan the children with special needs referred by GPs, CMOs, SCMOs and health visitors.

Social Paediatrics

  • Experience in the assessment of children with all forms of child abuse. Report writing for social services departments, courts and police.
  • Senior backup advisor for registrars on child protection work.
  • Assessment of health needs of children being placed for adoption, and of looked-after children.
  • Medical representative in the adoption panel meetings.
  • Responsibility for the development of a child protection Pro-forma for use by medical staff at Hillingdon Hospital.

Child Psychiatry

Child psychiatry training has been obtained by half-day release over six-months at the Department of Child Psychiatry, St Mary’s Hospital with Professor Garralda enabling:

  • Attendance at assessments of children with a variety of child psychiatric problems.
  • Good exposure to complex and severe behavioural problems.
  • Co-management of children with neuropsychiatric disorders.