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Developmental Delay

The Early Childhood Intervention Program is for parents of children aged 0-8 years of age, who are concerned about their child’s development and may need special help.

The concerns could include difficulties with:

  • Communication - speaking clearly, knowing 20-50 words by the time they are two years old, understanding others, expressing needs, having a reasonable conversation by three years old
  • Coordination  - not sitting by nine months, not walking by 15-18 months, standing, balancing, general movement (gross motor skills)
  • Hand skills - writing, drawing reasonable images by about four and a half years, doing puzzles, using scissors (fine motor skills)
  • Self-help skills - dressing, eating using utensils, going to toilet
  • Behaviour - sharing, turn-taking, playing with others, making friends, concentration, self confidence
  • Vision or hearing - squinting or crossed eyes, saying "what" all the time, slow reading
  • Learning difficulties - letter recognition, ability to write name by six years, understand instructions
  • Complex health needs - asthma, epilepsy, heart/birth defects, oxygen dependency
  • or any concerns relating to development or disabilities.

A range of support and advice is available for parents:

  • information about services and support groups in your area;
  • assistance to help you access services and benefits;
  • support and assistance when you are dealing with agencies or organisations concerning services for children with special needs;
  • promotion of links between agencies providing services for your child to ensure hassle free transfer/attention.

Contact details

Business hours:            Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm

Telephone:                   1300 733 606 for appointments
                                   (line open 9am - 4.30pm, Monday to Friday)

All hours:                     Parent Helpline: 1300 364 100

There are Early Childhood Intervention Co-ordinators available across the state.

All Child and Family Health Services are free and statewide. They are provided by qualified nurses, medical staff, social workers, physiotherapists and Indigenous Cultural Consultants.

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