If you are concerned about your child's development, in the first instance,you should speak to your health visitor and GP about your concerns.
The Child Development team are based within ESCAN (Ealing Services for Children with Additional Needs) and comprise of paediatricians and specialist health visitors.
The team assesses and manages children with complex and / severe neurodevelopmental problems including:
- Children with complex disabilities including chromosomal syndromes
- Children where there are concerns regarding development in 2 or more domains
- Children with abnormal neurological signs e.g. weakness on one side
- Children with significant risk factors for developmental delay e.g. prematurity and under age 2 years
- Children with social communication difficulties (usually 3+ years and under 6 years)
- Children with behavioural issues under the age of 6 years
- Children with coordination difficulties in keeping with Developmental Coordination Disorder
Please note the Paediatricians do not see children for:
- An Assessment for dyslexia
- Cognitive assessments for children over the age of 5 years
- Specific learning difficulties
- Children with isolated speech and language delay. Children with speech delay are seen by the speech and language therapy team.
- Children who are abulant with motor or coordination issues. These children are seen by the Occupational Therapist.
- Children who are abulant and have concerns regarding gait. These children are seen by the physiotherapist.
- Continence issues. These children are seen by the Occupational Therapist and continence service (for children without learning disability).
- Children for a diagnosis of ADHD in children under 6 years old: children with behavioural problems under 6 years old may be seen and parents advised on behavioural management strategies, however for diagnosis and consideration of medication for ADHD, referral to CAMHS from age 6 years and over is advised.
Any professional such as a GP, paediatrician, health visitor, or SENCO can make a referral to the Child Development Team. Referrals are made via an Early Help Assessment and Plan (EHAP).
The child/young person must be registered with an Ealing GP in order for the referral to be accepted by the CDT Team.