The Child Development Centre (CDC) consists of a team of professionals who work in partnership with parents and carers to ensure that a child reaches his or her full potential. The CDC aims to offer support services which are appropriate to the needs of the child and sensitive to the needs of the family. The teams consist of Paediatricians, Physiotherapists, Occupation Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Specialist Health Visitors, Nursery Nurse and Clinical Psychologists. Community and Educational Audiology and the Social Work Resource Team are also available within the centre.
Children are usually referred through their GP via the Health Visitor attached to the Practice. Sometimes children are referred by hospital Paediatricians and occasionally by other community child health staff.
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The Community Paediatric Physiotherapy services offers triage, assessment and treatment for children form 0-18 years with a wide range of conditions. These include Cerebral Palsy, Spina bifida, Developmental Delay, Muscular-dystrophy, co-ordination difficulties after injuries and many more. The service is delivered into Child Development centres, Special Schools, Mainstream Schools and Nurseries as well as in the child’s home. The service offers regular advice, treatment programmes and therapy.
Referrals are accepted from all Allied Health Professionals which include Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists etc as well as GP’s and other medical personnel including Specialists Health Visitors within the CDC’s
The Occupational Therapist aims to encourage the child to do as much as possible for him/herself. Occupational Therapy offer a range of services including Peripatetic Team based within the Child Development Centres which offers a generic service of assessment, advice and intervention as appropriate to children and young people between birth and 18 years of age
Referral will depend on the professional in contact with the child or family and the place in which the child has been identified as needing support from this service.
Speech and Language Therapy offer a range of services including an Acute Service in wards, Pre Five Services in Child Development Centre’s, School Services in Mainstream and Special Schools, Autistic Spectrum Disorder Service, Dysfluency Team, Bi Lingual Team, Hearing Impairment and Visual Impairment Teams and Dual Sensory Impairment Team. Referrals are taken from birth and come from a range of sources including Health visitors, G.P’s, Education Staff, Paediatricians, Hearing Screening Services and families. This will depend on the professional in contact with the child or family and the place in which the child has been identified as needing support from this service.