Child Development Service

A group of happy young friends; one boy in a red tee shirt and three girls smiling.

The Child Development Service provides free services for children in the Perth metropolitan area who are experiencing developmental delays or difficulties.

We have a team of clinicians who work in different areas of child development, such as Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Social Workers, Clinical Psychologists, Paediatricians, Therapy Assistants, Audiologists and Nurses. Depending on the child’s needs, they may see one or more clinicians.

Working together with families

Parents, carers and families play the most important role in supporting their child’s development. The Child Development Service is making changes to deliver a quicker and more responsive service to better meet the individual needs of children and their families. We are focusing on improvements around; earlier contact, provision of information, working in partnership with families, and providing more service options.

What services will families receive?

Families have told us that when they are referred to our service, they would like to discuss their concerns and get ideas for how they can support their child as soon as possible. We are making changes so that by the end of 2016, we will have this first discussion with all families within eight weeks of a referral being accepted.

When we first make contact with a family, often by phone, we will discuss their concerns, goals and priorities, and together we will develop an agreed service plan. Depending on the needs of the child the plan may include a range of service options, such as:

  • activity ideas and resources for home, school or day-care
  • parent workshops
  • individual or group therapy appointments
  • information on community programs
  • referral to another service.

The plan will be based on:

  • working in partnership with the family on goals that are most important to them and their child
  • increasing the family’s skills and confidence to support their child’s development in everyday environments (i.e. home and school)
  • allowing time to practice skills
  • supporting families to access other services and community resources.