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Perth Developmental Paediatricians

Developmental Assessments are performed by Paediatricians and provide a thorough analysis and determination of child behaviour, cognition, communication, social interaction, motor and sensory abilities and adaptive skills. They test for and provide a formal diagnosis of autism, ADHD, and a host of other general delays, as well as determine a child’s eligibility for early intervention programs. Paediatricians can also prescribe required medications, monitor children’s progress and guide parents towards relevant medical or allied health therapies. A formal diagnosis is required for government financial assistance through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and Developmental Assessments are currently the only means of providing a sign-off.

Early childhood intervention at Baby Steps

With young children, early intervention is often more helpful than early diagnosis, and while a Paediatrician diagnosis has a 2-year waitlist, other early intervention therapies do not. Baby Steps offers a Developmental Progress Consultation run by specially trained GPs, in which they can review the need and priority for a Developmental Assessment, either helping you move up the waitlist or referring to early intervention therapies that can help your child.

The Developmental Assessment Waitlist

Developmental Assessments require a GP referral to book this appointment with a Paediatrician. But the time between this first step and actually seeing the Paediatrician is currently at an all-time high across Australia. The average wait time as it stands is about 2 years, but there are other options for early intervention in the interim.

Speak to a GP about your child’s development

Book a Developmental Progress Consultation today.

The Clinical Guidance Committee advise Baby Steps on all clinical matters effecting the health practitioners within our centre. It’s members gather together to discuss and develop guidelines relating to:

Meetings are held several times a year, or at the request of Baby Steps for specific clinical advice. It is lead by a chairperson and educational coordinator, elected by the group of participating health practitioners.

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If you’re looking for support, contact our Practice Manager Michelle Bredemeyer
08 9387 2844