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Audiology (hearing services)

The audiology (hearing) service provides services for adults and children who are affected by hearing loss, distressing tinnitus and balance disorders. A range of support is provided at clinics accross Dorset. The service also run specialist clinics for children and for adults with learning disabilities. Find out…

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Information about Autism Spectrum Disorders and support organisations for people with Autism and their families.            

Cerebral Palsy

Information about Cerebral Palsy and support organisations for people with Cerebral Palsy and their families.

Getting a Diagnosis

You might have waited a long time to get a diagnosis and once you’ve got it you may be worried about what happens next. Your doctor or social worker can help you get a diagnosis for your child if they've got special educational needs or disabilities…

Living without a diagnosis

Some children and young people have learning impairments and/or health issues but no one can explain the cause. Some conditions are diagnosed at birth but others don’t become obvious until a child is older and sometimes conditions aren’t diagnosed until an individual reaches their teens…

Multi-sensory Impairment

Children and young people with multi-sensory impairment (MSI) have impairments of both sight and hearing. Many children also face other challenges, such as medical conditions or physical disabilities. A very small number of children and young people with MSI are totally blind and deaf, but…

Ophthalmology (eye services)

Ophthalmology (eye services), provide assessment and treatment of conditions relating to the eyes.  Find an optician near you Find out more about the local Eye Unit and the local Vision Support Service. Find services, activiites and organisations providing support for blind or visually impaired people…

Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN)

Speech, language and communication needs are difficulties that can be experienced by children and young people of all ages, from preschool through to young adulthood.