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Paediatric teaching clinic

At the college, we run a student children's acupuncture clinic where babies, children and teenagers are treated by fully qualified acupuncturists studying post-graduate paediatrics. Practitioners and treatments are closely supervised by paediatric acupuncture expert, author and course leader Rebecca Avern.

The children's clinic runs fortnightly for 8 weeks in autumn during the final module of the paediatric diploma. The course of treatments are short but impactful with a strong focus on home guidance, which includes acupressure and massage for parents to support their child in between and after sessions. At the end of the clinical, if a child requires ongoing treatment, they will have the opportunity to continue treatment with another paediatric practitioner.

We see babies, children and teenagers of all ages who may be struggling with physical, behavioural or emotional symptoms. We have seen children...

  • who are too anxious to attend school 
  • who have trouble concentrating or who are hyperactive
  • who are struggling with eating disorders or self-harm 
  • who are having trouble sleeping or bedwetting
  • who have tummy aches, chronic coughs or headaches
  • who have struggles related to being on the autism spectrum
  • who are struggling with a sense of well being or depression
  • And many more...

We welcome ALL babies, children and teenagers and will always do our best to help them to thrive.

Acupuncture is so much more than needles and practitioners are taught multiple gentle, non-needle techniques. Tiny, child-friendly needles are used only when a child is comfortable with being needled. 

Information and appointments

If you are considering booking your child into the clinic and wish to discuss before making an appointment, you can contact the college ( or Rebecca Avern ( for more information or to help make a decision. 

To book an appointment call 0118 9508889 or email


Appointments cost £15 

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