There is a range of health services available which can provide specialist support to you and your child. Some of the people who may work with you include:
- Clinical Psychologists - who help children who have difficulties with relationships with other people, through counselling and other treatments
- Community Children's Nurses - specialist nurses who work with children and young people with disabilities and complex health needs.
- District Nurses - who provide nursing care to patients usually in their own homes, in residential care homes or in health centres.
- Health Visitors - trained nurses with specialist qualifications who can give advice on childcare and development.
- Occupational Therapists - who are concerned with a child's overall development in terms of mobility, play and activities of daily living.
- Paediatricians - who specialise in the treatment and care of children whilst in hospital or the community.
- Physiotherapists - who assess and work with children who have problems with movement, or who have chest and respiratory problems.
- Psychiatrists - doctors who specialise in treating mental health conditions.
- School Nurses - who support school children with issues including dietary advice, development concerns and behavioural problems.
- Speech and Language Therapists - who work with children who have communication problems and/or eating and swallowing difficulties.
Your child may need to be referred to some of these services. Referral is when a professional decides to introduce you to another specialised service for their help. This is often done by a health professional (e.g. general practitioner, health visitor) or could be done by a social care professional (e.g. social worker) or sometimes other professionals, such as teachers.