How long did it take to get help for your child?

The Care Quality Commission

The recent study by the Commission looked at the service provision for children with a range of disabilities. They revealed that children were having to wait for up to a year for a wheelchair and often up to two years for occupational therapy and between 8 months and six years for Speech Therapy.

Up to a third of the 150 NHS authorities in the UK were not monitoring services for these children. Figures suggest 1 in 20 children fall into this category. This review focused on families that have children under the age of 19 with:

  • a learning disability
  • autism or Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • communication needs
  • sensory needs
  • mental health and behavioural support
  • mobility needs
  • technology dependence

In particular, this review looked at:

  • The availability of specialist health services for disabled children and young people and their families.
  • An assessment of the quality of support in a geographical area linked to primary care trusts (PCTs).
  • The ‘building blocks’ of the care pathway that are of particular importance to families.

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How long did it take for you to get help for your child? Did you even get any help? Did the help offered have any effect? If your child is not included in the above groups, what were your experiences?