Paediatricians assess, listen to, and decide the best way to help children with a developmental impairment, physical and/or learning disability, complex health needs (Autism, Cerebral Palsy or Down’s Syndrome), or those with complex continence problems.

We also carry out specialist assessments of school-age children, where there is a concern regarding a neuro-developmental disorder, for example, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or autistic spectrum disorders (ASD).

Guidance and helpful information

Before making a referral, you should encourage the family to discuss concerns with the child’s teacher/nursery (if possible) to see if they have similar concerns. Usually children with a diagnosis have some issues in all settings.

The links to the right of the page contain resources for the family to look at and strategies that may be helpful. You can point parents and carers to our advice on:

For children with possible ADHD or Autism, accessing a parenting course/parenting support is a useful first step. Please see more information on Support in Wiltshire: Autism Parent Programme (SWAPP).

How can we help?

We help children and young people and families by trying to find a medical cause for their difficulties and work to give a diagnosis where appropriate.

We work with other professionals such as teachers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists to make sure we learn all the necessary information needed to support your child.

Our overriding goal is to achieve the optimal health outcome for the child.