Referrals

Professionals and parents can refer babies and children to the Center for Early Intervention if there is a concern about their child’s Development in more that 2 areas of development or if their child is at risk of developmental delay due to a diagnosis or early birth history.

A developmental delay means that a child is behind in some areas of development including:

  • Physical – gross, fine motor.
  • Cognitive – play skill, attention, memory, problem solving, sorting skills and visual perception.
  • Communication – how the child understands what is said and how the child uses sounds, words or gestures to let others know what he/she wants.
  • Social/Emotional – how the child uses sounds, words or gestures to let others know what he/she wants.
  • Adaptive Development – self help, including feeding and dressing skills.

Referrals and Assessment

It is hoped that this section will explain to you what happens from the time your child is referred to the St Catherine’s Early Services, and the accompanying assessment process.

Referral Process

A) Children 0-6 are referred, in writing, to St Catherine’s Early Services by the following persons: Doctors or Social Workers in Maternity hospitals, Paediatric hospitals or the HSE Early Intervention Team for Wicklow.  Under new HSE guidelines Primary Care Teams or GP’s must first send referrals to the HSE Early Intervention Team in Co. Wicklow.  Please contact Ms. Brenda Kenny HSE(brenda.kenny@hse.ie). Parent queries regarding referrals to St. Catherine’s can be directed to the Referrals Officer, St. Catherines Association, St. Catherines EDC, Newcastle, Greystones, Co. Wicklow. 

B) If the service suits your child’s needs we will make contact within two weeks. You and your child will be visited at home by the Early Services Team Coordinator who explains the service, the assessment/screening process and will try to answer your questions/concerns. The coordinator forwards a referral to the rest of the Team.

c) A letter will be sent offering you an appointment with further members of the multi-disciplinary team members. It is aimed that all referrals will be seen for initial contact within 4 weeks of receipt of referral.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

Please see link below to view St. Catherine’s Referrals Policy.

SCA Referrals, Admissions & Discharges Policy & Guidelines