Professionals and services your child may meet on their SEND journey
Autism/Complex Communication Needs Team - Specialist teachers who work with children and young people and provide support to schools
Education Services - Worcestershire Children First Education Services deliver education support services.
Child and Adolescent mental Health Service (CAMHS) - CAMHS provides support to children and families where the young person is experiencing significant mental health difficulties.
Child Development Centres (CDC) - CDCsare used by clinicians working with Children for clinics and groups.
Clinical Psychologist are specially trained to assess and treat children and young people whose thought patterns and behaviours may affect their health, wellbeing and development.
Community Paediatrician are children’s Doctors who specialise in childhood behavioural disorders, childhood disability and complex medical conditions.
Designated Clinical Officer (DCO) - Helping the needs of the child to be better understood, the DCO supports joined up working between Health Services, Education and Local Authorities for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
Dietician - Some children will have problems eating and chewing and therefore may not get the nutrition they need. A dietician will advise about special diets, supplements and food in general.
Educational psychologists - Educational Psychologists help children or young people who are experiencing difficulties with their access to learning. These difficulties may include behavioural, social or emotional needs.
Epilepsy/EEG Team - The EEG (Electroencephalography) service offers departmental recordings of routine, sleep and overnight ambulatory EEG to adults and children. A mobile service is offered to visit clients with learning disabilities and challenging behaviours at home or in school or day centres if a visit to hospital is too stressful.
GP - Your GP is the health professional that you will probably consult most often. The GP is your first point of call. GPs can refer your child to more specialist professionals and can offer a range of services including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, counselling, health checks and vaccinations.
Health Visitors - The Health Visiting team works with all young children and their families to promote healthy lives and prevent illness.
Hearing Impairment Team - The Hearing Impairment Team provides advice and support throughout the county regarding the educational needs of hearing impaired children
Learning Disability Psychiatry - This assessment and treatment service is for children with severe learning disabilities and complex behavioural or psychiatric disorders who are not suitable for the generic CAMHS service.
Learning Support Service - Works with schools and settings to help them better meet the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities
Multi-Sensory Impairment Team - Supports deafblindand multi-sensory impaired babies, children and young people (0 to19 years), their families and carers
Neurologist - A neurologist or neurosurgeon is a doctor who specialises in impairments of the brain and nervous system.
NHS Continuing Care - Children and young people may receive a continuing care package if they have needs arising from disability, accident or illness that can't be met by existing universal or specialist services alone.
Orchard Service north and Orchard Service south - Orchard Service is a Children’s Community Nursing and Palliative Care Team consisting of nurses, a clinical psychologist, a social worker, a play specialist and carers.
Ophthalmology - Ophthalmology is the treatment of disorders of the eye and vision by specialist doctors and surgeons.
Paediatric Audiology - The Audiology service screens children's hearing at reception age. If a child fails their hearing test they will be referred to the Audiometric nurses who will perform a more detailed examination.
Paediatric Occupational Therapist (OT) - Children’s Occupational Therapists assess and advise children and families on how they can participate in daily activities to enable them to become as independent as possible. This includes general self-care, school, work and play dependant on the age of the child. They may also investigate sensory processing difficulties.
Paediatric Physiotherapists - Physiotherapists who work with children are specialist practitioners who have the right skills and specific knowledge to deliver appropriate care and education to encourage family involvement.
School Health Nurses - Special School Nurses work within the school setting to support the health and development of children with special needs. The team provides Health Education to promote healthy lifestyles and support teaching staff with children’s medical needs and administration of medication.
School Health Nurses – School Health Nurses work out of health centres, GP surgeries and some schools to provide advice and guidance to schools about public health issues
Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCo) - A SENCois a school teacher who is responsible for assessing, planning and monitoring the progress of children with special educational needs. Speak to your school to find out who your SENCois.
Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) - Speech and Language Therapists assess children to identify why children and young people may have speech, language or communication difficulties. They identify what support families and schools can provide to enable the child to communicate and understand to their full potential.
Umbrella Pathway - The Umbrella Pathway (Neuro-Developmental Assessment) has been developed to provide an assessment, process for all children and young people presenting with Autism Spectrum Conditions.
Vision Impairment Team - The Vision Impairment Team supports babies, children and young people with a vision impairment, their families and carers.