The team includes doctors, speech and language therapists, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, nursing staff and nursery nurses.
We also work very closely with our colleagues in education. Pre-school advisory teachers help you to find playgroups and nursery placements best suited to your child’s needs. They also manage the portage service. This is a team of specially trained helpers who visit special needs children in their own homes to work with parents and children on areas on development through play. When it is time to start thinking about school they will ensure that your child will have a smooth transition into nursery and school with the support that they may require.
Our positive links with health visitors and social services helps to look at any support that you may need in the home.
Children are referred to John Parkes by one of our hospital paediatric consultants. We will then arrange a home visit by our team leader who will be the Nursery Nurse responsible for co-ordinating your child’s care. She is usually accompanied by our speech and language therapist or sometimes another member of our team, depending on the specialist help your child needs. This gives us opportunity to introduce ourselves. We will tell you more about the service we offer, listen to the concerns that you have and answer any questions.