Child Development Service

A group of happy young friends; one boy in a red tee shirt and three girls smiling.
The metropolitan Child Development Service provides a range of assessment, early intervention and treatment services to children with developmental delay or difficulty that impact on function, participation and/or parent-child relationship. 

Our team of clinicians include Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Social Workers, Clinical Psychologists, Paediatricians, Therapy Assistants, Audiologists and Nurses. Children may see one or more clinician, depending on their needs.

The Child Development Service does not provide mental health (only) services, general medical, surgical or acute services, rehabilitation services, emergency/crisis services, or services to children whose skills are within a developmentally normal range.

Working together with families

Parents, carers and families play the most important role in supporting their child’s development. 

We work closely with families to plan and set goals based on their child’s strengths and interests, and the parents’ concerns and priorities for their child.  

Families referred to the service are invited to attend a service planning appointment within eight weeks of referral. During this appointment we discuss parents’ concerns for their child, goals and priorities, and together we will develop an agreed service plan. 

Depending on the child’s needs, 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, such as home and school
  • allowing time to practice skills
  • supporting families to access other services and community resources.