Activate ReciteMe accessibility assistance Print this page

Developmental Concerns

Children and young people develop in many ways and at different rates. As your child grows older, they are also learning new skills and developing socially and emotionally. Sometimes development can be slower than you expect (physically or emotionally), or you notice something different about your child or young person.

Things You Can Do to Help

  • Continue to encourage their development. Talk and listen. Chat about everyday things - the colour of the sky, what you are having for dinner…
  • Encourage your child to take turns in the conversation
  • Play together, follow your child’s lead, and let their imagination run wild! 
  • Give your child opportunities to be with other children. They can learn a lot from each other
  • Think about if anything has changed or anything ‘big’ has happened either in their life or just recently. This could be having an impact on their development
  • If you are concerned that your child's development has stopped or that they have stopped doing things they used to, seek support to explore what might be happening for them.

Sometimes we will use another development tool called Schedule of Growing Skills (SOGS) to help us think about which stage your child is at and most importantly what your child can do, celebrating their success. Remember that all children develop at their own pace, and this tool is another way of helping us to understand how your child is progressing. SOGS can be used to review development from 0-5 years old. To complete it, a practitioner will come and assess your child using a range of activities. They will discuss the assessment with you to ensure we have all the information about your child.

Who Can Help?

If you are concerned about your child's development it is important to seek support and advice. You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

If you have concerns about your child's development, a member of our 0-19 team is able to complete an assessment of your child and refer to other services as needed, including: community paediatrician, speech and language therapy, hearing assessment, and vision assessment.

Other people who may be able to help:

• Your child’s nursery, preschool or school
• Your GP.

            

Log In / Create an account

  • ☎️ ☎️ ☎️ Don't forget Just One Number is open this morning from 9am - 1pm. If you've got a worry about your child's… https://t.co/AstuQAehhb NorfolkCYP / 31 July 2021
  • RT @LullabyTrust: If you're staying with family or friends this summer, you might find it useful to remind them of the ABCs of safer sleep.… NorfolkCYP / 29 July 2021
  • RT @FISnorfolk: Norfolk County Council and their partners have put together an information session for professionals working with children… NorfolkCYP / 29 July 2021
  • RT @NandW_LMNS: https://t.co/imzNJa1xvQ NorfolkCYP / 28 July 2021
  • RT @NandW_LMNS: May birth stats for @NNUH, thank you to @MvpNorwich for your hard work! https://t.co/7Gc5YsRhvc NorfolkCYP / 28 July 2021
  • RT @NandW_LMNS: Norfolk and Waveney LMNS Multilingual maternity resources - This padlet contains a range of pregnancy information, includi… NorfolkCYP / 28 July 2021
  • If you have any worries about your child's health, development, behaviour, sleep, diet or wellbeing, you can text P… https://t.co/CREipZeBMS NorfolkCYP / 27 July 2021
  • RT @NNUH: We'd like to wish all our staff, patients and visitors a happy Norfolk Day. The Norfolk flag is looking splendid at the top of NN… NorfolkCYP / 27 July 2021
  • ⭐ There's lots of great reasons to exercise during pregnancy. Find out more here: https://t.co/xT6uzc2vjt #J1NPE ⭐ https://t.co/zR4osQTMsC NorfolkCYP / 27 July 2021
  • Join our online drop in session this morning, your chance for a 1:1 video call with one of our clinicians, a chance… https://t.co/P12q9D5AkD NorfolkCYP / 27 July 2021

Our Partners

Close the mobile menu