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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?

It is really important if you are concerned about your child's development 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 07520631590. 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.

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