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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.

Complex Health Needs
Some children and young people experience different health concerns (sometimes resulting in a diagnosis) which can have a significant impact on their childhood experience. This can be a very worrying and scary time for you and your child.

Medical Health Needs

Your child or young person should have all the same opportunities as their friends. If your child has medical health needs, they can sometimes worry about this and wonder how their care will continue while in school. You may also have concerns.

Things you can do to help

  • Continue to encourage their development. Talk and listen. Chat about everyday things and find out what interests them.
  • For younger children encourage to take turns in the conversation and as they get older explore their ideas with them, listen and encourage them to see from other points of view.
  • Play together, follow your child’s lead, and let their imagination explore their own ideas and creativity.  As they grow older spend time and notice what interests them.
  • Give your child opportunities to be with other children / young people. They can learn a lot from each other.
  • Think about if anything has changed or 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 assess your child either at home or a clinic appointment using a range of activities. They will discuss the assessment with you to ensure we have all the information about your child
  • Write down what you do to support your child each day. This can help form a plan which highlights areas where your child needs assistance whilst at their nursery, preschool or school.

Who can help?

If you’re worried about your child’s development, a health professional in our team will be able to offer advice and support. You can Call Us on 0300 029 50 50 or Text Us on 07520 649887 to start a conversation. **Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm excluding bank holidays**

Our team will be able to help with:

  • Enuresis (Toileting)
  • Sleep support 
  • Development screening- SOGS
  • Infant feeding
  • Healthy nutrition/ dietary advice
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Behaviour management
  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Play
  • Development
  • School readiness
  • Puberty

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a partnership between Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust and
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.
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