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.”
We are an interdisciplinary, allied health team which includes:
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