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Dr Alison Salt

Consultant Paediatrician
Dr Alison Salt


Dr Alison Salt is an expert in paediatric neurodisability with special expertise in childhood visual impairment and autism spectrum disorders at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) (Honorary). She is also an honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London (UCL) Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (ICH). She and colleagues have developed an early intervention programme to ensure optimal development and support for parents of children with visual impairment.  

She was joint lead of the Developmental Vision Service and the Autism assessment service (Neurodevelopmental Assessment Clinic) for 15 years until 2014 and head of the Neurodisability service at GOSH from 2006 to 2013.  

“I have been privileged to work with an expert and highly dedicated multidisciplinary team and the children and families who come to our service for assessment. They are the inspiration that leads us to strive to continually improve and ensure we provide the highest possible quality service. Central to this is strong communication with families and the local teams working with them.” Dr Alison Salt. 

Languages Spoken:

  • English


  • Management of children with visual disorders 
  • Functional vision assessment and assessing the development of children with visual impairment 
  • Assessment and diagnosis of children with complex neurodevelopmental disorders especially those with autism spectrum disorders, including in children with visual impairment 
  • Early identification and early intervention in children at high risk of cerebral palsy 

• MBBS from the University of Western Australia 
• Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (FRCPCH) 
• Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) 
• MSc in Community Paediatrics from the University of London  
• British Medical Association (BMA) 
• Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) 
• Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) 
• British Academy of Childhood Disability  
• European Academy of Childhood Disability 
• British Paediatric Neurology Association 

  • Co-investigator: DAiSY study: Development and validation of a new instrument and assessment protocol for assessing autism in young children with severe visual impairment 
  • Co-investigator: OPTIMUM study: Investigating early development and support in babies and young children with visual impairment. Aim: to learn about how babies and young children with visual loss develop and what interventions are the most effective in helping with their early development 
  • Jointly led the design and development of ‘the Developmental Journal for children with visual impairment 0-36 months’ with Dr Naomi Dale (DfES) (2002-06) 
  • The quality of life of visually impaired children– development of a novel vision-related quality of life instrument. Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (2007-09) 
  • Development of outcome measures for multinational trials using parent-report methods in two perinatal trials including MRC ORACLE Children Study. (2002-09) and INIS (2001-08) MRC 
  • An Investigation into the role of Growth Hormone on Higher Functioning in Children. Child Growth Foundation (2007-09) 
  • Development of norms for logMAR visual acuity in young children with Patrcia Sonksen 

News & Publications

Alison Salt has written numerous publications including more recently: 
Salt A, Sargent J. Fifteen-minute consultation—the child with a developmental disability: is there an ocular or visual abnormality? Archives of Disease in Childhood - Education and Practice Jun 2017 
Dale N, Sakkalou E, O'Reilly M, Springall C, De Haan M, Salt A. Functional vision and cognition in infants with congenital disorders of the peripheral visual system. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2017 Jul;59(7):725-731. 

MA O'Reilly, J Bathelt, E Sakkalou, H Sakki, A Salt, NJ Dale, M deHaan. Frontal EEG asymmetry and later behavior vulnerability in infants with congenital visual impairment. Clinical Neurophysiology 128 (2017) 2191–2199  

Crowe, B.H., Salt, A.T., 2015. Autism: the management and support of children and young people on the autism spectrum (NICE Clinical Guideline 170). Arch Dis Child Educ Pract Ed. 100(1) pp. 20-3. 

Salt, A., Sargent, J., 2014. Common visual problems in children with disability. Arch Dis Child. 99(12) pp. 1163-8. 

Sonksen, P.M., Salt, A.T., Sargent, J., 2014. Re: The measurement of visual acuity in children: an evidence-based update. Clin Exp Optom. 97(4) p. 369. 

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