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Assessment of Children
There are many varying reasons why a child might need to be assessed so that he/she can function at their best in school and outside of school.
Our section on Child Health provides information that can be useful in getting help for children. From the time a concern is spotted, get help, as early intervention is very important.
The Albert Cecil Graham Development Centre, which is a multidisciplinary centre operated by the Ministry of Health offers assistance for children with the following concerns:
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Specific Learning Disabilities
Other Disorders of disabilities
The Centre offers developmental paediatricians who use various approaches to assess children and they help parents understand the diagnoses and plans of intervention.
Private specialists who can help with various childhood conditions are also available.
Speech and Language Therapists can work with children who are late to speak and who are not understanding what is being said to them.
They also diagnose autism, apraxia of speech, dyslexia, etc. Speech and Language Therapists have a huge role to play in literacy acquisition. A child who is delayed with speech and language at a young age is at risk of having a reading disorder. The speech and language therapist can also suggest any further specialised treatment for the child.
Hearing Specialist. If your child is having problems hearing.
It is also important to have your child's eyes tested if he/she is having problems seeing. See Information on the eyes.
If you are concerned about developmental issues, the
Occupational Therapist can evaluate children's skills for playing, school performance, daily activities and compare them with what is developmentally appropriate for his age.
If your child has a physical injury caused may be from sports or disease, you may want to see a Physical Therapist .
If you are concerned about the mental and emotional state of your child - behavioural issues, suicidal and self harming, depression, stress and anxiety. Children who were sexually assaulted, raped or bullied you should consider having that child see a psychologist or psychiatrist or a reptuable counsellor.
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