Why is my child being referred to the Additional Health Needs Panel?
All children are different and may learn to do things at different ages. Some children require extra time and support to reach their milestones
Your child may have been identified as doing things a little differently and this may be a worrying time for you.
Many factors contribute to a child’s development such as: personality, physical ability, experiences within the family and learning ability. The Additional Needs Panel is here to help identify your child’s strengths and needs and to suggest approaches to support, if required.
What is the Additional Health Needs Panel?
We are a team of health care professionals, including doctors, nurses and therapy staff who work together to support families who have a child with a health or additional health related need.
We work together to assess and support children and young people with a wide range of needs such as:
- Delay in development
- Physical, vision and hearing impairment
- Learning difficulties or likelihood of additional needs in school
- Social interaction and communication issues
- Attention and hyperactivity difficulties.
Sometimes when assessments are complete, it is clear that a child needs assistance from health staff, but there is no specific name or diagnosis for a child’s needs.
Our focus is to identify strengths and difficulties of the individual to allow the child and family to receive the appropriate support and access the provision that we are able to offer. We support families through assessment, by listening to and understanding the perspective of the child, young person and Parents/ Carers.
As part of the assessments we may contact nursery or school to obtain the school staff input on how your child presents at school and how they may be able to help as part of daily school life.
Where there are medical / health reasons for your child’s difficulties we may provide advice and / or a programme of activities for you to do at home with your child and it may also be appropriate for this to be included in school in the class room.