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Late Intervention

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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 children’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.

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Dear Supporter,

Thank you so much for your contribution to this project.

Our special projects and investigations editor Peter Bodkin has used records and data obtained from freedom of information requests and other sources such as parliamentary questions to uncover where the worst delays in children receiving early intervention speech and language therapy can be found.

These searches also helped us uncover some of the underlying causes of these issues with the records backed up by interviews with experts and those working in the field.

He also spoke with several parents whose children have been affected by long waiting lists to get first-hand accounts of the impact delays in early intervention were having on their lives.

In doing so, we found that issues with long waiting lists were largely confined to three main geographic areas: in Ireland’s southeast; Dublin’s west, southwest and Kildare; and Cork city.

While local factors may be at play, it appears that system issues with planning, recruitment and how resources are deployed are feeding these long waiting lists, which in the worst cases have left patients waiting as long as five years to receive treatment.

Shortly after midnight you can find the article in this link: http://www.noteworthy.ie/early-intervention-delays-ireland-4594895-Apr2019/

Please help us spread the word about Noteworthy by sharing this article.

Thanks
The Noteworthy Team
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