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HUTT HOSPITAL

The Child Development Service:

  • Works with children from birth to 16 years of age where there is a concern regarding:
    • An identified disability*
    • Development delay/disability
    • Risk of developmental delay/disability
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Is a free service for New Zealand citizens or those who are entitled to publicly funded healthcare. Read more about eligibility for healthcare funding here.
  • See children at the Child Development Centres or, where appropriate, at home, preschool or school.
  • Can arrange an interpreter if needed.
  • Is not an acute service and does not replace the service your GP provides. Contact your GP for urgent issues and routine health needs (e.g. repeat prescriptions and WINZ forms).

*NZ Ministry of Health defines disability as "a person with a disability is someone who has been assessed as having a physical, intellectual or sensory disability [such as vision or hearing impairment] (or a combination of these) that is likely to continue for a minimum of six months and result in a reduction of independent function to the extent that on-going support is required.”

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We are an interdisciplinary, allied health team which includes:

Occupational Therapists (OTs)PhysiotherapistsSpeech and Language Therapists (SLTs)Visiting Neurodevelopmental Therapists (VNTs)
Developmental Service CoordinatorDevelopmental PaediatricianPsychologists

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