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The Lighthouse Child Development Centre


The Lighthouse Child Development Centre offers services for children and young people aged 0 to 18 years who have neurodevelopmental and neurodisability disorders. It provides a comprehensive assessment service that identifies, investigates and assesses their development needs and offers appropriate support, intervention and advice. 

The centre also offers specialist services for children's occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech and language therapy. We provide assessments and treatment for children and young people who have, or are at risk of having: 

  • speech, language or communication difficulties
  • musculoskeletal problems
  • physical disabilities
  • learning disabilities
  • co-ordination difficulties
  • emotional or behavioural difficulties
  • acute or chronic illness

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 to 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 is accepted from the following Healthcare Providers:

  • GP’s
  • School Nurses, Essex (Castle Point and Rochford)

Resources for parents and carers

There are a wide range of local, national and international resources available for parents and carers who are supporting a child or young person with neurodevelopmental needs. You can find these on our resources for parents and carers page

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
  • Toy Library
  • Sensory Stimulation (including Sensory Garden)
  • Children with Disabilities Social Care Team

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