Across the country, there are thousands of young children in need of early intervention.
Delayed development, serious difficulties with speech and language, and problems learning new tasks are just some of the issues this crucial intervention can help address.
Having a son or daughter of that age is stressful enough without the added pressure of fighting for access to badly needed support.
If you live in some parts of the country, your child’s needs will be met quickly with virtually no waiting lists in many counties.
In other areas however - Cork and Kerry for example or counties in the south of Leinster - kids can be left waiting over two years for even an initial appointment.
So what impact does this have on a child’s development in a period when time is of the essence?
And why within a supposedly national healthcare system can one county provide appointments within weeks while another can make families wait over two years?
HELP US INVESTIGATE:
We want to find out what’s really happening within the HSE and why these seemingly intractable delays plague certain parts of the country.
We will speak to parents affected, talk to them about how they’ve coped with these delays, and consult with experts on the lifelong impact late intervention can have on children.
Would you like to tell us about your experience in accessing early intervention for your child? Contact us at [email protected]
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