Early Intervention Team

For families whose local health centre is one of the following;

Dun Laoghaire, Sallynoggin, Cabinteely, Loughlinstown, Dalkey, Stillorgan, Blackrock or Shankill.

If you do not live in our area below is a list of contact numbers for other areas:

HSE Early Intervention Teams:

Dublin South Early Intervention Team

Who are we?

The Early Intervention Team is for children, aged 0-6 years, and their families who have complex developmental needs. The team comprises of an Occupational Therapist, Psychologist, and Speech and Language Therapist.

Where are we?

We are based in Unit 10-11 Leopardstown Shopping Centre, Off Ballyogan Road, Leopardstown, Dublin 18. Click HERE for location.

What are we called?

The Early Intervention Team is often referred to as the EIT.

Telephone Contact Details           

Our contact number is: 01- 921 2533

This is a voicemail service so when you telephone our team you will be asked to leave a message and a member of our team will return your call as soon as possible.

Who might benefit from our service?

We accept referral for children who are under 5 years of age with queried developmental needs, who are experiencing difficulty in their ability to function successfully across a variety of environments. This might include difficulties in at least two of the following areas: speech and language; motor skills; social interaction; making friends and managing feelings; learning new tasks.

Referrals are accepted for children living across the Dublin South Local Health Office area who are not accessing/eligible for another service. Queries regarding the appropriateness of referrals are welcome and appreciated.

Children are seen for intervention until their 6th birthday.

What do we do?

The Early Intervention Team offers assessment and support services. We work collaboratively with others involved in supporting the child’s development including families, teachers, other relevant clinician’s and members of the child's wider support system.  We offer a wide range of supports and services to the children and families attending the service. These inputs may include:

  •  Multidisciplinary team assessments of children and families strengths and needs
  • Individual intervention
  • Group interventions
  • Referral to Primary Care service as indicated for intervention
  • Parent Programmes (e.g. EarlyBird, Hanen ‘More Than Words’ Hanen ‘Talkability’, and Parents Plus)
  • ‘Supporting Your Child’ series of talks

As well as providing appointments at our clinic, we may also offer home or school based sessions depending on a child and family's particular needs. Where a child is attending another health or education service, we may work together with these agencies in planning supports for the child.

How to make a referral?

A referral to the Early Intervention Team can be made by your GP, physiotherapist, speech therapist, public health nurse, occupational therapist, social worker or any other health care professional. Your child must be under 5 years old at the time of referral.

‘Dublin South Early Intervention Team’s Referral Form’ must be completed for each child referred.  This form must be filled in and signed by the referral agent and parent.  It can then be sent to; Referral Coordinator, HSE Dublin South Early Intervention Team, Unit 10-11 Leopardstown Shopping Centre, Off Ballyogan Road, Leopardstown, Dublin 18 or posted into our letter box.

Useful Documents

Dublin South Early Intervention Team’s Referral Form

Dublin South Early Intervention Team’s Information Sheet

Dublin South Early Intervention Team’s Parent Leaflet

Dublin South Early Intervention Team’s Referrer Leaflet