Child Development Centre
Child Development Centre
Child Development Centre is a child-centred and family-focused service for children who have, or are suspected of having, developmental problems such as:
- developmental delay or intellectual disability
- autism spectrum disorder
- neurological conditions, e.g. cerebral palsy, developmental co-ordination disorders, dyspraxia
- syndromes and/or behaviour problems associated with developmental delay
- neurodegenerative disorders
- motor skill delay
Its services include, where appropriate:
- comprehensive assessments by specific professions and/or multidisciplinary teams
- individual programmes for children with identified developmental needs, and their caregivers
- medical assessment and follow up of children with diagnosed or suspected developmental concerns
The centre has a multi-disciplinary team including:
- occupational therapists
- speech language therapist
- social worker
- developmental paediatricians
- visiting neurodevelopmental therapists
- developmental service coordinator
Manager, Child Development Centre
Referrals to the Child Development Centre (CDC) can be sent by GPs, Tamariki Ora/Well Child services (e.g. Whānau Āwhina Plunket), early childhood centres, schools via special education needs coordinator (SEN CO), resource teachers for learning and behaviour (RTLBs), Ministry of Education special education and other educational and health professionals, as well as community/welfare agencies.
All referrals require parental consent for the child to have their diagnostic assessment at CDC and for CDC to contact educational providers.
It is helpful for referrals to be supported by developmental information from the parent.
Please contact CDC if there are any problems with getting the school to provide this information. It is also important to keep us updated with any change to patient address or contacts.
All our referrals are received by the Referral Coordinator Centre at Te Whatu Ora in Waikato.
Referral Coordination Centre
Private Bag 3200
Referrals for clinic assessments are reviewed by our multidisciplinary team of clinicians. Referrals are either
- Accepted: Sufficient information and meets criteria. Referral placed on a waitlist.
- Declined: Does not meet criteria or information not provided. Decline letter sent to the referrer and family. Further information requested or we will attempt to provide alternative suggestions or advice to the referrer.
- Redirected: Does not meet CDC criteria but identified for a more appropriate service within Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand. Referral forwarded and advice letter sent to the referrer and family.