It’s a common worry among parents - is my child developing as they should, should they have said their first word yet, are they slow to start to crawl or take their first steps?
A new website for parents and carers across the county could help with some of these questions and provide valuable advice...
The Children’s Therapy Services already helps many local families with children and young people aged from 0-19.
It provides occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech and language therapists and its new website will provide a first point of call for even more people.
Launched by Lincolnshire Community Health services NHS Trust (LCHS), it provides advice on what parents and carers can expect children to achieve at each stage of their development, and who to turn to if they are concerned.
Ally Day, a speech and language therapist who works within the Children’s Therapy Services, said: “We know that a lot of our families really look to access information online and the idea was that it would be useful to put all the information in one place.
“All the content is written by therapists and we have been involved in its design and development.
“If families are concerned about their child’s development, ie walking or saying words, there is a lot of advice on the website which explains the typical development of a child and people can have a look at what they would expect their child to be doing at what age.
“They might think ‘that sounds about right’, or ‘my child is a little delayed’. There is a lot of information on the site about how they can access our services and how the referral process works.”
The service can also signpost people to facilities such as children’s centres where families can reach out to other parents and chat.
Ally added: “We work with children of all ages, and with children’s centres, schools and nurseries. I have worked with children with delayed speech and stammers. For some it may be that they have trouble eating and drinking, or swallowing.
“It is very rewarding for me when I have a child who comes to me having originally had trouble speaking and then be chattering away at the end of it.”
The website has a translate button so non-English speakers can access the information.
It can be accessed at www.lincolnshirehealthyfamilies.nhs.uk/childrenstherapyservices.