We work in conjunction with a team of paediatric allied health services, including…
Paediatric psychologists are involved in the diagnosis and management of a range of psychological conditions that affect children and young people. This includes helping patients with behavioural, emotional and social issues such as depression, anxiety, and phobias, and disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other behavioural conditions.
Paediatric Speech Therapists
Paediatric speech therapists help children and young people who have issues affecting their ability to communicate with other people. This can include issues related to hearing and reading and writing as well as speech difficulties such as issues affecting fluency (eg stuttering) and any other conditions affecting a person's ability to communicate vocally.
Children and young people are often referred to speech therapists where for example babies need help with feeding or babies or children have difficulty swallowing. Paediatric speech therapists also assist where an intellectual disability disorder such as autism or selective mutism makes communication difficult, or where ear infections or other ear conditions pose communications challenges.
Paediatric physiotherapists specialise in working with children and young people who are having difficulty with movement. This may relate to developmental issues where babies and young children are not hitting common 'milestones' such as crawling, sitting and walking or where there is some 'clumsiness' in motor skills such as jumping or hopping.
Movement and motor skill issues may be caused by a range of conditions such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome or autism, or by respiratory conditions like cystic fibrosis or rheumatological conditions like arthritis.
Trauma or injury can also cause movement problems in children and young people. Paediatric physiotherapists are involved in both the diagnosis and ongoing management of conditions affecting movement and motor skills.
Paediatric Occupational Therapists
Paediatric occupational therapists help children and young people, who are either recovering from illness or injury or who have ongoing chronic conditions, take part on normal everyday activities to the best of their abilities.
'Occupational' here refers to activities which are appropriate to their age, such as getting dressed and taking care of personal hygiene themselves and / or taking part in formal schooling.
Paediatric dieticians give advice on food, diet and nutrition and specialise in children and young adults. This can include treating nutrient deficiencies, poor weight gain and feeding, as well as bowel and digestive conditions such as chronic diarrhoea, constipation and Coeliac disease.
They are often involved in helping with food allergies and food intolerances, anaphylaxis, overeating or 'fussy' eating and where a child or young adult is avoiding some types of food or all food intake. These behaviours can also be associated with other disorders, such as ADHD and ADD.