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The Lighthouse Child Development Centre


The Child Development Centre (CDC) offer children and young people who have neuro-developmental and neuro-disabilities disorders, a comprehensive assessment service that identifies, investigates, assesses their development needs and offers appropriate support, intervention and advice. 

We also offer specialist services for Children’s Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy. We provide assessments and treatments for all children aged 0-16 who are referred to us and have musculoskeletal problems, physical disabilities, learning disabilities, co-ordination and specific learning difficulties, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties and acute or chronic illness.

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 is accepted from the following Healthcare Providers:

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

Parents who have concerns for their children neurodevelopment may wish to access a range of resources in the first instance as well as discussing your child’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCO) at your child’s school or educational setting.  Discussions should include any provision already in place and consideration of any changes required. In addition to support from your child’s school or educational setting the following links have details of additional support you may find helpful:


Southend SEND Local Offer | Livewell Southend
Livewell Southend
Little Heroes ASD Support Group | Little Heroes ASD
SNAP - Special Needs And Parents
School Nursing Service for Southend and Chat Health Advice and Support Service
Supporting your neurodiverse child


Essex SEND  Local Offer
Supporting your neurodiverse child


Thurrock SEND Local Offer

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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