We’ve included most of the questions that parents often ask us about our services, or about their child’s development or disability.
If your question isn’t answered here email us your question and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
How do I know if my child is developing normally?
All babies and children develop different skills at different times, but there are certain milestones that you can expect them to achieve at various stages from birth to the age of five. You’ll find an interactive guide to these milestones, including videos and advice, at the NHS Choices website.
What should I do if I think my baby or toddler may not be developing normally?
Talk to your GP as soon as possible. If there’s a problem, an early diagnosis can make a big difference to your child’s ability to lead a normal life, so don’t delay. Remember that you’re entitled to a second opinion if you’re not happy with your GP’s diagnosis or non-diagnosis. And don’t be afraid to ask for a hospital referral to a developmental paediatrician.
If my child is referred to a development paediatrician, what can I expect to happen?
The paediatrician will carry out tests and an evaluation to assess how your child is developing alongside the standards for their age. They’ll probably look at the following areas:
- Physical and motor development
- Ability to communicate verbally or by other means
- Social and emotional development, e.g. social interaction and behaviours
- Self-help skills such as trying to feed, wash or dress themselves
- Cognitive skills such as problem-solving or recognising words and letters
- An interview with you about what you’ve observed about your child’s development. Give as much information as you can, but don’t worry if you don’t have all the answers.
- A review of your child’s medical history.
My child has been diagnosed with a motor development delay, mobility disorder, communications problem or other associated condition. What do I do now?
Your GP or paediatrician should arrange a care package for your child, which might include services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Now is also the time to contact School for Parents. We’ll arrange an assessment to decide how to structure your child’s learning sessions and identify the support you’ll need to help your child at home.
Where can I find more information about my child’s specific condition?
The websites listed below offer advice, information and support for the conditions and disabilities that we meet with most often at School for Parents. Your GP or paediatrician should also be able to help, and there’s a wealth of more general information at the NHS Choices website.
Head injury or stroke
How do I get help with my child’s educational needs when he or she starts mainstream school?
You’ll need to get a statement of special educational needs for your child. We can help to guide you.
You can also find more information at these websites:
You can also contact the education department at your local authority for advice. Parents living within Nottingham city boundary can find information about local services here.