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Child Development Service, Cairns

Role of the Child Development Service Team

The Child Development Service (CDS) team provides young children with moderate to severe developmental delay or disability, from birth up to but not including prep school year with  multi-disciplinary assessments and therapy interventions.

Services are provided to children who have identified disabilities such as:

  • Syndromes
  • Chromosome abnormalities
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Spina Bifida
  • Visual or Hearing impairments
  • Neurological problems
  • Physical impairments (e.g. muscular dystrophy)

Services are also provided to children within the same age range who have a moderate to severe developmental delay in a specific developmental area such as:

  • Physical skills
  • Language and communication skills
  • Fine motor skills
  • Cognitive / adaptive skills
  • Daily living skills
  • Social skills

Another area of service is for children considered "at risk" due to their very premature birth and low birth weight and these children are monitored through the "Special Care Baby Clinic" monthly at CDS.

Priority is given to those children not eligible to receive services from other agencies.


Last updated: 1 August 2013