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Children are offered development checks with the health visiting team at between 8 to 12 months and again between 2 to 2 ½ to see if they are progressing as expected. If the health visiting team has any concerns, your child may be monitored or referred to a specialist health service for further assessment or support. Alternatively you can talk to your health visitor, GP or drop into your local children’s and family centre if worried about your child. If your child is at nursery, discuss your concerns with them too.
If there are concerns about your child, your health visitor, GP or school may:
- Give you advice on how to support your child
- Signpost you to local groups/ drop in’s that can help your child’s development
- Monitor and review progress
- Refer to another more specialist health team
If referred on to a specialist health team, these are the professionals who may be involved in your child’s care. Some children may only be known to one health team whilst others may be known to several depending on their needs.
- Community Paediatricians : A team of doctors who provide assessment where there are concerns about their development
- Community Children’s nurses :A team of nurses who have experience of working with children with complex health needs
- Audiology: Specialists in hearing problems
- Dietician: provides support and advise on food, diet and nutrition
- Speech & Language therapists: provide support for speech, language and communication development
- Physiotherapists: Work with children to help them with sitting , moving and walking
- Occupational therapists: work with children to help them develop everyday skills such as dressing, writing, playing
- Child and Adolescent Mental health services (CAMHS): a team of nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists who provide mental health assessment, treatment and support
- Wood Street Child Development Team: a multi-disciplinary team of nurses, doctors and therapist who offer specialist assessment, advice and a potential diagnosis of the child’s difficulties.
On the Local Offer, you can search for information on the different health services locally. It includes information on who the service is for, how to access the service and who to contact for more information.
All professionals in Waltham Forest coordinate their support through talking to one another, sharing information and jointly planning how to achieve the best outcomes. If your child is supported by a number of professional’s from health ,education and social care they will work together as a multi-agency team with you and your child to make sure support is coordinated and appropriate