Child Development

The Child Development Service provides assessment and appropriate treatment of children with developmental conditions, or those at risk of developmental delays. We work with children between the age of 0 and 16. If input is required to access the school curriculum we will see the child until they leave high school.

We also provide developmental surveillance for premature babies who come through Neo Natal Intensive Care or those at risk of developmental delay.


We see children with physical, intellectual or sensory disabilities. Children are seen in the clinics, home or community settings. Conditions seen include:

  • Neurological conditions eg; Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Co-ordination - Disorder/Dyspraxia
  • Developmental Delay and/or Intellectual Disability
  • Motor Skill Delay
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
Our team includes:
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Visiting Neurodevelopment Therapist
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Co-ordinator
  • Social Worker
  • Speech Language Therapist
  • Child Psychologist
  • Dietitian

Gardens Block
Timaru Hospital Campus
Queen Street, Timaru

Contact information

Phone: 03 687 2100 extn 8415

Referral information

The Child Development Service accepts referrals from health services, education services and community agencies. Parents/caregivers can also refer to our service. The referral must be written with consent and knowledge of the child's parent or caregiver.

Referrals must be in writing, with as much information as possible about the developmental concerns and input required. It is very helpful if a report or any additional information is provided.