School Age Developmental Service

Who are we?

The School Age Team is for those aged 5-18 years and their families. The team comprises of a part time Clinical Psychologist, Occupational Therapist (OT) and Speech and Language Therapist (SLT).

These contact details are for the Dublin South School Age Team – we provide a service for children and families living in the Dublin South area only. Please contact your Local Health Centre for information regarding your local School Age Team or Disability Services in your area

Where are we?

Our office is based in HSE Unit 11 Leopardstown Shopping Centre Ballyogan Road Dublin 18, D18 P3V8 Tel: 01 9212533

Which children and families might benefit from our service?

We work with children aged 5-18 years, with queried or identified 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; making friends and managing feelings; learning new tasks.

We work with children attending mainstream school for whom areas of concern extend beyond issues of a purely academic nature. Children attending or who are eligible for specialist or mental health service are not suitable for referral. Currently referrals are accepted for children living across the Dublin South-Dun Laoghaire Local Health Office area. Queries regarding the appropriateness of referrals are welcome and appreciated.

What do we do?

The School Age Team offers assessment and support services. We work with all those involved in supporting children to develop new skills and engage meaningfully in the community. This includes families, teachers 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:

  • Consultation service to referral agents, offering advice on care planning and care pathways
  • Multidisciplinary team assessments of children and families strengths and needs
  • School Age Team Psychology intervention
  • Referral to Primary Care service as indicated for individual/group OT/SLT intervention sessions for children.
  • Supporting Your Child Public Lecture Series

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 an appointment?

A referral to the School Age Team can be made by your local GP, physiotherapist, speech therapist, public health nurse, occupational therapist, social worker, or any other health care professional. Following this, you will be contacted by a member of the team to assess the most appropriate service for you and your child. If your child has previously been assessed by a health care, medical, or educational professional it would be helpful to provide any letters or reports at time of referral.

What should I expect of the First Session?

Usually you will have spoken to a member of the team before your first appointment. This first session usually lasts for around 1½ hours. The first meeting will be a chance for the psychologist, occupational therapist and speech and language therapist to carry out initial assessments and to get to know you and your child. Both parents and child are requested to attend this meeting.It is important to be honest with your child before the first session, and tell them where they are going. Your child will sit in a comfortable chair and just talk, play games, or sometimes draw pictures. During these visits your child won't have to do anything he/she doesn't want to do or talk about anything he/she doesn't want to talk about.

Click HERE for Directions to St Columbanus School, Loughlinstown Drive, Loughlinstown, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
(used to be Archbishop McQuaid School)

Appointments

If you cannot attend your appointment please contact a member of the team as soon as possible on 2825918 so that another person can avail of your appointment.

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Useful links

For services for children age 0-5 visit our Early Intervention Team or Check out our useful resources page for information on our courses, tips and more