Child Development Services work to identify, assess, investigate and support children and young people (0-18) with-long term neurodevelopmental disorders and neurodisabilities, including autism.
The core team at child development centres consists of paediatricians, clinical psychologists, clinical nurse specialists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, music therapists and speech and language therapists. This multi-disciplinary approach ensures that a wide-ranging level of support can be provided to children and young people who are referred.
It is typical for a child development service to be at the core of an assessment for autism spectrum disorder and to offer ongoing healthcare support.
In addition to their primary neurological condition, many children and young people involved in this service also have complex medical conditions e.g. gastro-oesophageal reflux, seizures, or constipation.