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If you are worried your child might have a disability

If you think that your child may have a delay or a disability, make an appointment to see your GP or public health nurse as soon as possible. If necessary they will refer you to the service your child needs.

Some children develop more slowly than other children. For example, they may:

  • have a delay in speech
  • show signs of a hearing difficulty
  • take longer to reach physical milestones, like sitting up or walking
  • struggle at school

Often there is nothing to be worried about. Some children may catch up in their own time.

Sometimes, these early signs may mean your child has a difficulty or disability of some kind.

A disability can range from very mild to severe.

Get advice from a healthcare professional

If you think that your child may have a delay or a disability, make an appointment to see your GP or public health nurse as soon as possible.

If they are concerned they can refer you to the service your child needs.

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If you have just found out your child has a disability