Whakapiki Hauora o te Tamaiti me te Whānau
To improve, promote and support the health of the child and whanau
Kia tutuki pai e te tamaiti ki tōu pae tawhiti
For every child/tamariki to reach their full potential within an inclusive Aotearoa/New Zealand
The Child Development Service therapy team is based at Montreal House in Christchurch and includes Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, a Social Worker, Speech Language Therapist and a Dietitian.
We see children from 0 to their 16th birthday with a range of conditions including;
We provide assessment and intervention including;
Please ensure consent is gained from the family/caregiver for the referral and that this is the right time for intervention. Therapy must be part of the child’s daily routine and not restricted to a “session” carried out only by a therapist.
Occupational Therapists work with children who have difficulties with practical skills necessary for their everyday life. The Occupational Therapist will aim to enable the child to be as independent as possible and will support children and their families to maximise their opportunities to develop in the following areas:
Physiotherapists aim to improve the quality of life of children and young people by promoting independence and encouraging physical fitness and wellbeing.
The Social Worker supports parents/ whanau/ caregivers in meeting their own needs and challenges while caring for a child with developmental needs.
Speech Language Therapists work with children and their families to assess and support the development of effective communication skills, including expressing wants and needs, and understanding others. Speech-language Therapists also provide specialist assessment and management of swallowing safety and skill, and work with families to optimise safe and enjoyable meal time experiences.
The Dietitians role is to support nutrition and growth of children with restricted eating, those requiring enteral feeds and those children who are faltering secondary to medication or functional issues.
A child will be discharged from therapy for one or more of the following reasons:
Request for Support – Therapy Team Child Development Service Referral Form (PDF, 100KB)
Child Development Service - Home Safety Suggestions (PDF, 200KB)
We are located at:
Child Development Service
440 Montreal Street
Car parking is available on-site. View a Google Map for directions
Page last updated: 23 August 2022
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