Disability services for children
Children's disability services are for children and young people up to 18 years. Services include speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, psychology, occupational therapy, paediatrics, dietetics, social work. Your GP or public health nurse can refer you for the service your child needs.
Find out about services for children with a disability in your area and how to get in touch with them.
Your GP or public health nurse can help you to get the right services to support you and your child. For some services you can make the referral yourself. Contact a children's disability service about this.
An occupational therapist assesses your child to see what they can do, and what they find difficult. They can help your child develop skills to be used at home and in school.
A physiotherapist helps children with disabilities improve movement and function in the body caused by problems with muscles, bones or the nervous system.
A psychologist can assess your child’s progress in learning, thinking, problem solving, play skills, social skills, emotional and behavioural development. They may offer a treatment programme for you and your family.
By seeing a dietitian, children and young people with a disability can improve the amount of food and drink they consume, manage their weight, improve their immune system and mobility.
A paediatrician may assess and diagnose disorders of development, provide medication information and connect with teams of other health professionals.
A social worker can help you with referrals to other services, find resources in the community and help with applications for benefits and services.
Speech and language therapists (SLTs) will show you ways to support your child’s communication or feeding skills. They assess your child’s needs, set short and long-term goals and link with other relevant services.