What to think about.
If you think your child may have additional needs, or are worried about your child's development, you may need help from a professional. This could be a paediatrician (children's doctor), occupational therapist, physiotherapist, psychologist, nurse, social worker, or a speech and language therapist. These professionals can work from different bases such as the hospital, community centre, schools, or your home.
Before you contact the professional take a little time to write down your concerns. Here are few things you might want to think about:
- General health, physical health and self-help, e.g. level of personal independence.
- Communication, including your child's relationships with family members and friends.
- Behaviour, playing and learning at home.
- Outdoor activities at home.
- Activities outside of home.
- A major family event which may have affected your child.
- Anything you are particularly concerned about.
- Remember there is no such thing as a daft question.
Do you want to go to Step two?