Our Services A-Z

Child Development Team

The child development teams are part of the Integrated Children’s Additional Needs (ICAN) Service.

The team provides specialist assessment and support for pre-school children with complex communication difficulties, including Autistic Spectrum Condition. 

The team provides assessment and ongoing coordinated support for children with emerging developmental problems, complex and additional needs.

Where do we see children?

Children are seen at the child development centres, at home, and in settings such as nurseries and children’s centres.

What will happen?

Children are first seen by a paediatrician in clinic. They will then be visited at home by members of the team, who will talk with parents / carers, and use play to learn more about the child. This will be followed by a further clinic appointment for any further assessment, and to plan next steps with parents / carers.

Once the assessment is completed, the family will be offered support appropriate to the needs identified. This will often include intervention groups.

During your assessment and care, children and families may see:

  • Dietician
  • Nursery Nurse
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Paediatrician
  • Physiotherapist
  • Play Therapist
  • Psychologist
  • Specialist Health Visitor
  • Speech & Language Therapist

We have student health professionals working in our service for most of the year. A student may be present at your appointment, but please do tell us if you would prefer not to have a student present.

Specialist Health Visitors

Specialist Health Visitors work holistically in partnership with families supporting them through the process of Complex Communication Assessments and Complex Developmental Assessments. They recognise and respond to the needs of the child and the wider family and work together to establish the best outcomes using an empowerment approach. Specialist Health Visitors also co-facilitate parent groups including Pathfinders, Next Steps and Stay and Play sessions with therapy colleagues. They work collaboratively with Early Start Teams and other professionals working with the family to coordinate support, provide advice and information and signposting to key services as required. 


How do you access our service?

All children are referred into our service by a paediatrician or allied health professional. 

If you have used this service in the past, and would like to provide us with feedback as part of the NHS “Friends and Family Test” (FFT) please select one of the links below:

To access and complete the FFT click here >

To access and complete the FFT Easy read version click here >

If you are a parent carer you can access and complete the FFT by click here >

The information you provide will be used to inform how better we can deliver the service.