The services and support you may need for babies and children 0-8 years old will vary depending on your chilld's age, disability or special need, and many other factors.
A good start would be to speak to:
These local organisations can offer information and advice online, on the phone, by email and face to face. They have parent groups for support and to learn more about your child and their diagnosis, they can also offer or help you to find short break activities.
Other sources include:
- your GP (doctor), midwife (for new borns), named health visitor at your local clinic, school nurse or the Specialist Health Visitor at the Early Years and Intervention Support Service.
- If they cannot help you themselves, they can refer your child to a children's centre, specialist clinic, therapist, nurse or doctor for further assessment.
- If you think your child has complex needs or a specific disability,you can contact the Early Years and Intervention Support Service. The EYISS has a team of professionals with a range of experience in assessing children from 0-8 years.
- If you have concerns about your child's learning, physical or social, emotional and behavioural development, your GP, nursery/school, hospital or the Early Years and Intervention Support Service who can refer you to the Schools and Community Psychology Service (SCPS).
- If you are worried about your child's mental health, then you can ask your GP to refer your child to the ACCESS Child and Youth Mental Health Service, you can also contact them direct to discuss your concerns.
For more information and advice, please see the Related Advice.
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