If you are not sure where to start, the following information should guide you on your journey.
- 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.
Step Two: Who to talk to.
- If your child has not had a diagnosis but you feel they have additional needs or a disability, you can seek help from different people depending on your child's age.
- If your child is under 5 speak to your Health Visitor (HV).
- All families have a named Health Visitor who may visit you during the antenatal period and will always visit you following the birth of your child, usually after the midwife stops visiting.
- The Health Visitor is knowledgeable about children's health and development and is the ideal person for you to talk to if you are concerned at any time before your child starts school.
- Your Health Visitor will talk through your concerns with you and undertake a full assessment of your child's needs. They will include you in all decisions and discussions about your child's needs.
- Follow the link Health visitor to find out more or call Lukis House on 01481 707368 between 8.30 am - 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday.
- If your child is over 5 speak to the School Nurse.
- Like Health Visitors the School Nurse can assess your child's development and, if necessary, refer them to another professional for further assessment. They will always keep you informed about what they are doing.
- School Nurses work in all schools from 4-18 years promoting and maintaining the health and wellbeing of school-aged pupils.
- Follow the link School nurses to find out more or call Lukis House on 01481 707368 between 8.30 am - 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday.
- At any time speak to your GP
- For more information about GPs and surgeries on the Island, please follow this link
Step 3 : What support is available?
- Find out what support is available for my child
- Find out what support is available for me as a parent/carer.