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    Developmental Delays

    Dear All

    I am wondering if anyone has any recommendations for a paediatrican who specialises in dealing with developmental delays. I have an 18m toddler and am very concerned about her progress. I know that children develop at their own pace regarding speaking and motor skills but I can't help but be concerned that there is something more unlining to her slow progress

    Appreciate any advice or pls PM me in confidence

    Rgds

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    I think that my kids' pediatrician is very good with making sure my kids' development are appropriate. She is also very patient, attentive and never rushes us through our appointments. Her nam is Dr. Barbara Lam and her phone number is 2156-3888.

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    Dr Lam also used to be head of the neo-natal intensive care unit at Queen Mary's.

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    or you could go to th nearest MCHC. They have thorough developmental / milestone checks. In case they raise alarm - and I hope they dont - go to a doctor. In case it is just normal parent concerns MCHC mightbe able to reassure you. All the best

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    Thanks for the replies and will look further into Barbara Lam. Noted that she used to head up the premature baby units in QM before opening her own practice.

    Miran, Yes we are already registered with our local MCHC and they are monitoring her progress but just wanted to see whatelse I could do privately since these first years of life are so cruicial to her development so don't want to be just waiting around and miss opportunities. Has anyone been thru the Child Assesment centres in HK and can give me some guidance?

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    My daughter has physical developmental delays and we have been doing everything through the public system and I am quite happy with them. She has physiotherapy and occupational therapy to help her with both gross motor and fine motor skills. The only problem is that there can be a bit of a wait to get in... I have heard good things of this therapy centre: http://www.physiohk.com/spot/ - but as it's private, you will be paying for it, if your insurance doesn't cover it!! But they are meant to be quite good, especially with special needs kids... I haven't tried them for myself though as I'd rather just pay $60 at the public hospital, which is quite adequate for our needs.
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    My son has development delays but this is attributable to a congenital heart condition. He currently undergoes both speech and occupational therapy privately and the charges are usually around $700-$1000 per hour.

    We went to the Matilda for a Child Development Assessment when he was 4 years old. The assessment was conducted by both a speech and occupational therapist and covered fine motor, gross motor, pre-writing, social/emotional, self-help, cognitive and language.

    I believe they also offer a Baby Development Assessment for babies up to 18mths old so it would probably be a simplified version.

    The report gives an age equivalent based on your child's performance, so it can be subjective depending on child's cooperation and mood on that day. Once you've had time to digest the report, you will have a review session with the therapists and they can give you ideas and goals on how best to help your child if it is deemed necessary.

    Having said that, the local MCHCs are usually quite thorough so if they are not overly concerned and there are no obvious delays (eg. not walking by 18mths etc) then it might be just that your little one is a late bloomer. I would imagine it being quite difficult to assess an 18mth old anyway, so it might be worth waiting until your child is a little older. Maybe speak to a doctor first because the development assessments are also quite expensive.
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    Mumsy - what good advice. Couldn't agree more.

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