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Our Child Development team
  • The Speech Language Therapist will provide assessment and treatment of communication (0-2 years) and swallowing disorders. They will provide strategies to assist with supporting development in these areas at home and in educational settings. This may involve providing strategies and recommending equipment for swallowing/feeding and communication.
  • The Child Development team is a multi-disciplinary team that works with children aged 0 - 15 years to help each child do their best developmentally.
  • The team members include a Clinical Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, Social Worker, Te Pou Kokiri - Cultural Support and Therapist Assistant.
  • The Clinical Psychologist provides psychological assessment and treatment for children with disabilities.  Working in close consultation with families they can provide therapeutic intervention using individual and family/whanau approaches.
  • The Occupational Therapist will provide assessment and treatment of fine motor control (handwriting), visual perception, sensory processing and developmental progress. They will also provide practical solutions and ideas to assist with toileting, bathing, dressing, eating and other needs.  This may sometimes involve organising specialised equipment or home modifications.
  • The Physiotherapist will assess children who have delays in large motor skills or global development. Home-based programmes will be provided as necessary. Assessment may include provision of aids or specialised equipment to help with standing, walking and lying.
  • The Social Worker provides support, advocacy and information to children with disabilities and their families. This may include co-ordinating services, finding out about resources that a family/whanau may need and assisting with accessing services and entitlements.
  • Te Pou Kokiri - Cultural Support is provided by Māori Health Services to ensure that Te Reo Rangatira  (kanohi ki te kanohi - face to face) is maintained in the delivery of the Child Development Service.
  • The Therapist Assistant, assist the Therapists by giving intensive input through activities and programmes designed by Therapists. They provide a valuable link between families and Therapists and have a good knowledge of community processes.

Children's ward

Paediatric services
  • The Paediatric Department at Bay of Plenty DHB provides specialist paediatric services for children aged 0-14 years.
  • Babies that are born early; are very small or have other acute problems at birth will be referred to the Paediatric Department and the child may be admitted Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU).
  • Very sick children may be cared for in Tauranga or Whakatāne Hospital's Intensive Care Unit (ICU), but are sometimes transferred to Starship Hospital, Auckland for further treatment.
  • Young children with surgical problems are often transferred to Waikato Hospital for surgical treatment.
  • For children staying overnight in our Children's Ward there are facilities for one parent or caregiver to stay with their child. Visitors are welcome until 8.00 pm.
  • Admission to the Children's Unit is either via the Emergency Department for acute illnesses or by appointment for a scheduled procedure.

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