The teams offer an interdisciplinary assessment of children, with actual or potential developmental difficulties, to determine the nature and extent of a child’s needs.

Referrals for assessment can be made by health professionals using the Mid-West Children’s Disability Services – Regional Referral Form and returned to the appropriate team.

Catchment Areas for each Early Intervention Teams – (Currently being updated) 

Details of each School Age Teams – Primary and Post Primary Schools are available here.

The Care Pathway for Children Presenting to Primary Care Physiotherapy and / or Occupational Therapy Services in the Mid-West here

Referral Criteria for Early Intervention Child Development Teams

The following children should be referred to their local Disability Services Early Intervention Team:

Children under 6 years of age (up to and including their 6th birthday) not yet attending school who:

  1.  Have been diagnosed with or are considered to be at risk of developing a disability (physical or intellectual)

and

who have complex needs that require a team approach (i.e. from two or more disciplines) from a specialist disability service.

  1. Are or have been a ‘High Risk Neonate’ by meeting criteria a, b or c:

a. <29 weeks gestation

b. <1,500g birth weight

c. Infants >1500g with history of any of the following:

c.1: broncho-pulmonary dysplasia (chronic lung disease or oxygen dependent for at least 4 weeks)

c.2: Grade 3-4 intraventricular haemorrhage

c.3: Retinopathy of Prematurity

  1. Term infants with birth asphyxia treated with Head Cooling

4.  Have been appropriately screened** by another service / referrer and who have a query of or diagnosis of ASD.  This will include the broad definition of ASD as outlined in the UK National Autism Plan for Children (NAPC).

 

*Children presenting initially with a query of sensory and/or motor coordination difficulties will be seen by Primary Care Physiotherapists/Occupational Therapists in the first instance, and may be referred to the Early Intervention team following a Paediatric Resource Clinic as per the ‘Care Pathway for Children Presenting to Primary Care Physiotherapy and/or Occupational Therapy Services in the Mid West, 2012

 

 

Referral Criteria for Disability Services School Age Child Development Teams

 

The following children should be referred to a Disability Services School Age Child Development Team:

 

Children over 6 years of age, or under 6 years of age and attending school who:

 

1.  Have primary physical, sensory (hearing or vision), or intellectual disabilities

 

and

 

who have complex developmental needs requiring input from two or more therapy disciplines within a specialist disability team *.

 

2.  Have been appropriately screened by another service / referrer and who have a query of or diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  This will include the broad definition of ASD as outlined in the UK National Autism Plan for Children (NAPC).

 

*Children presenting initially with a query of sensory and/or motor coordination difficulties will be seen by Primary Care Physiotherapists/Occupational Therapists in the first instance, and may be referred to the School Age team following a Paediatric Resource Clinic as per the ‘Care Pathway for Children Presenting to Primary Care Physiotherapy and/or Occupational Therapy Services in the Mid West, 2012’.