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The Lighthouse Child Development Centre


The Child Development Centre (CDC) provides comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and management of developmental, learning and behavioural difficulties. We specialise in assessing and managing ADHD,  specific learning disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders and neuro disabilities.

Service Information

We see children when parents or professionals have concerns about a child’s development and/or a child shows challenging behaviour. Our goal is to support families’ help their children reach their potential and be the best version of themselves!

Referral Information

Referrals are accepted from the following healthcare providers:

- GP's
- School Nurses
- Health Visitors
- Speech Therapists

The Child Development Centre accepts referrals for Children under 5 years who have:

  • Neuro-developmental (Behaviour & social communication concerns and/or possible autism)
  • and Neuro-disability
  • Motor difficulties
  • Developmental concerns including global delay, motor, language, visual or severe hearing impairment
  • Learning difficulties
  • Neurological concerns, Downs Syndrome, cerebral palsy or other syndromes / genetic conditions

Referrals for Children over 5 years via Early Help who have:

  • A recently acquired condition which requires the Multi-Disciplinary Teams ("MDT") assessment/support.
  • A child with recognised needs who is new to the area and has not previously been seen by local services.
  • A child with significant or complex needs which have changed and further assessment / advice is required by the MDT. 
  • For children with complex medical / health / social needs which significantly impacts on development.

Additional Services

  • Neuro-Developmental Clinics
  • Paediatric Developmental Clinics.
  • Multi-disciplinary Assessment for children and Young People with Social Communication difficulties (includes assessment by Paediatrician, Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist and Clinical Psychologist and involvement of the child’s nursery).
  • Neuro-Disability Clinics
  • Referrals to clinicians, Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Support Services as appropriate.
  • We have very close links with the wider multidisciplinary team including professionals from health, early help, education, social care and the voluntary sector. More complex children may have a large team around them requiring a “team around the child” approach.
  • Medical investigations where appropriate and liaison with other paediatric services.
  • Paediatric Audiology
  • ADHD Clinical Nurses
  • Specialist Health Visitor with Additional Needs/Behaviour and Play
  • Special School Nurses and Epilepsy
  • Little Fishes Therapy Through Play Groups
  • Toy Library
  • Sensory Stimulation (including Sensory Garden)
  • Children with Disabilities Social Care Team

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