We provide specialist assessment and intervention to children and young people who have significant difficulties in performing every day tasks including self-care, play, fine motor activities, and schoolwork. These difficulties may be due to physical, neurological, sensory and/or perceptual problems.
We work closely with the child/young person and their family to help the individual, to the best of their ability, join in and succeed in activities that are important to them. These could be leisure activities, (such as skipping or riding a bike), independence skills, or accessing the school curriculum.
Referrals are accepted from Doctors including GPs, where the service criteria is met. The age range of children and young people seen by the service is 0 -16 years (up to 19 years within the Special School Service).
The service is based at the Child Development Centre (CDC) at the hospital with outreach into the community setting.
Children and young people are seen in the most appropriate place to meet their needs. This may include their home, special or mainstream school or nursery. Children are also seen as outpatients at the CDC and occasionally as inpatients on Ward 17.