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Child development centre

Child development centre

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Welcome

The Airedale Child Development Centre has a specialist team who work with children with a range of developmental difficulties. We aim to support the child and their family throughout their assessment and treatment process. The assessment may include diagnosis and investigation.

The team provides evidence-based care that responds to the needs of children, and young people up to the age of 19 who experience issues with Health, behaviour, Movement, Co-ordination, Pain, Communication or swallowing difficulties.

The team works in partnership with these clients, and their families, other agencies and professionals to reduce the impact of these difficulties on the clients well-being and ability to participate in daily life.

We aim to:

  • assess, diagnose, design and deliver care packages to children, young people and adults with concerns with movement control and/or pain.
  • maximise the clients potential
  • provide individual treatment plans based on child’s needs. To provide appropriate information and referral on to other professionals as required

Children aged 0-19 can be referred into the Child Development Centre for assessment. The team includes occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, therapy assistants and administrative staff, working closely with the consultant community paediatricians.

Location Building 15

Phone: 01535 292821

Community Paediatricians

We are a team of specialist paediatricians who provide out of hospital care for children and young people with a range of health and developmental needs; physical disabilities, learning disability, social communication disorders (autism) and other long term disabling conditions. We also carry out a range of statutory duties in relation to child protection, medical advice for special educational needs and health assessments for looked after children.

We work within the community in partnership with families and young people. We work closely with other health professionals and have close links with the acute paediatricians, paediatric therapists and outreach nursing team and also with colleagues in primary care, schools and children’s centres and within children’s services. We accept referrals from professionals within these services.

We accept new patient referrals up to age 16, but may continue to see young people with disabilities until they complete secondary education at age 19. We provide a service for children living in the Keighley and Craven area including Bingley and the Wharfe Valley.

Physiotherapists

Trained in working with children who have problems with developmental delay, pain movement and postural control, coordination or breathing difficulties.

The paediatric physiotherapy service is part of a multidisciplinary team offering support to children and their families within the Airedale NHS Foundation Trust catchment area.

The team are based at the Child Development Centre and provide a service Monday to Friday 8.30 am – 4.30 pm. Some members of staff work until 5 on certain days. There is no bank holiday cover.

The multidisciplinary team sees children, from birth through to 18 years if the child is in full time education (19 years if in a special school), who have developmental difficulties and/or physical disabilities.

The role of the Physiotherapy team is to enable children and young people to reach their maximum functional level in the home, school or community. The team deal with children who have problems with movement, coordination or breathing and will set an individual programme for your child’s needs.

Physiotherapists also have an important role to play in explaining to parents/guardians and carers the best way to help their child. We also carry out statutory duties in relation to providing advice for special educational needs assessments for children.

Speech and language therapists – Child Development Centre

We work with the child, family and educational setting to develop all aspects of communication – the ability to understand sound and words, the way the child expresses themselves through sound, words and sentences, pictures or signs. The therapists are also involved when there are particular problems with feeding such as problems with chewing.

The paediatric speech and language therapy (SALT) Child Development service is part of:

  • The multidisciplinary team offering support to children and their families within the Airedale NHS Foundation Trust catchment area from the Child Development Centre
  • A larger paediatric ‘core’ speech and language therapy service offering a comprehensive service to all children with communication difficulties within the Airedale NHS Foundation Trust area.

The team are based at the Child Development Centre and provide a service Monday to Friday. There is no bank holiday or weekend cover.

The multidisciplinary team sees children, from birth through to 18 years if the child is in full time education (19 years if in a special school), who have developmental difficulties.

The role of the Speech and Language Therapy team is to provide assessment and recommendations relating to speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) and/or eating and drinking needs, to enable children and young people to reach their maximum functional level in all aspects of daily life in the home, school or community.