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Caring for children with a disability

The importance of early intervention, dealing with a diagnosis of disability and where to find support for you and your child

Getting help early makes a difference

If you are worried about how your child is developing, it's important to get help early. The earlier a diagnosis is made, the sooner you can begin to find the help, support or services that will help you and your child.

Here are some things you can do:

  • keep track of your child’s development in the Blue Book provided by NSW Health
  • discuss any doubts and concerns with your local early childhood nurse, family doctor or GP
  • follow your instincts and get a second medical or expert opinion whenever you feel it's necessary.

Early intervention is highly beneficial for children with disabilities. Research shows that when the right help and learning strategies are provided early enough, positive results can be achieved faster and maintained over the long term.

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Last updated: 24 Sep 2019