Attendance at a Drop In Clinic for Physiotherapy and Speech Pathology is the most prompt way to be seen by a therapist and is the recommended pathway into the Child Development Service.
Completing an online referral form commences the Intake process and this will be followed by a comprehensive screening process which may include attendance at a Drop In Clinic.
Online Client Referral
The Child Development Service offers assessment, referral, information and linkages for children 0-6 years where there are concerns relating to their development. The Child Development Service is an assessment and referral service. Should children require early intervention supports the Child Development Service refer families to the NDIA Early Childhood Early Intervention service partner, EACH.
Parents and guardians, or others such as early childhood educators, teachers, GPs, nurses, paediatricians and case worker who have parental consent, are able to share concerns regarding their child with a Child Development Service Intake worker by calling 6207 8884, or completing an online referral form. An intake officer will then make contact with the person completing this referral to discuss these concerns.
Access to speech pathology, occupational therapy, social work, physiotherapy, psychology, Child Health Medical Officers and Community Paediatricians is determined through a comprehensive intake and screening process.
The Service also provides Autism assessment for children aged up to 12 years. For autism assessments a referral from a paediatrician or psychiatrist is required.
The Child Development Service intake is also able to provide information about how to access private providers in the ACT.
If you would like to talk to somebody about the service please contact the Child Development Service on (02) 6205 1277, Intake on (02) 6207 8884 or send an email to email@example.com.
Drop In Clinics
Drop-In clinics for Speech Pathology and Physiotherapy are held at Holder and also at the Child and Family Centres at Gungahlin, West Belconnen and Tuggeranong.
Children are eligible for the Child Development Service when they live in the ACT, meet the age criteria and there are concerns relating to their development. Concerns may relate to the development of skills in one or more of the following areas:
- communication e.g. talking and understanding language, stuttering; social interactions
- movement/ physical e.g. rolling, sitting, walking, and other gross motor/ fine motor skills;
- self care e.g. dressing, eating, toileting; and
- sensory processing where a child experiences extreme reactions to everyday sensory information impacting on the child’s ability to participate in everyday activities.
The Child Development Service is committed to assisting families who experience disadvantage relating to cultural, social and financial factors.
The Child Development Service is a free service provided by the ACT Government. Some specialist services, such as Paediatrician services may be bulk billed through Medicare.
The Child Development Service is located in Holder, at 26 Weingarth Street.
Phone: (02) 6207 8884
Fax: (02) 6205 1266