For therapy, training, advice and support call us on 01684 576795 or Alternatively, please call the AFSIL (ARCOS Family Support and Advice Line) service on 07984 451327 on Monday or Tuesday from 9.30am -12.30pm or email: at any time.

For therapy, training, advice and support call us on 01684 576795 or

Frequently Asked Questions


ARCOS is a charity working to improve life for children and adults who have communication and/or swallowing problems caused by conditions that are often complex and require specialised, long-term treatment.

No, ARCOS is not a private clinic. ARCOS is not government funded. We depend upon charitable grants and donations to deliver and maintain a high quality of service. Fees are charged for assessment, therapy and training services. A great deal of information and advice is provided free of charge.

ARCOS aims to complement and extend the work of statutory services and collaborate with colleagues in NHS and other organisations to improve services for people with communication and/or eating (swallowing problems). In order to promote comprehensive help and support, we expect to liaise with the client’s GP and other professionals involved.

No. ARCOS charges for assessment and therapy. However, as a charity, ARCOS keeps fees to the minimum. There is no additional charge to clients for telephone calls, letters or brief reports. Contact ARCOS for full details of charges.

We always advise clients to contact their local NHS service and seek funding before beginning therapy provided by ARCOS.

All ARCOS therapists are fully qualified specialists. They are registered with BUPA and other leading insurers. If you expect private health insurance to pay for treatment provided by ARCOS, please ensure you have appropriate cover and provide details to ARCOS at the outset.

Yes. ARCOS provides training for professionals including doctors, therapists, nurses and teachers. The NHS throughout the UK purchases the majority of ARCOS’ training courses for professional staff. ARCOS also provides a unique service of training for relatives and other carers. Most of the training for relatives is provided free of charge, funded by grants and donations. From 2002 to 2005, grants from the BBC Children in Need Appeal enabled ARCOS to provide free training to carers for over 250 disabled children in nurseries, schools, residential homes, respite care and hospices.

Yes, ARCOS provides information and advice; you can call into our offices in Malvern or contact us by telephone: 01684 576795 or email: Alternatively, please call the new AFSIL (ARCOS Family Support and Advice Line) service on 07984 451327 on Monday or Tuesday from 9.30am – 12.30pm or email: at any time.

Call us on 01684 576795 or to access any of our services​.

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We offer a multi-sensory environment for calming relaxation and sensory stimulation. Children with a variety of disabilities  attend.

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Through specialist multi-disciplinary therapies, rehabilitation activities, and emotional support to make a difference and changing lives.

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We provide training in understanding best practice care and the latest technological support for a range of conditions for healthcare professionals.

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ARCOS provide physical and online training, information, and advice. You also gain a network of peer support to assist you through your journey.