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EyCAT is a new team for the holistic assessment of under 5 year old children with developmental problems. The team consists of a Consultant Paediatrician, Senior Occupational Therapist, Senior Physiotherapist and a Senior Speech and Language Therapist. They are developing links with CAMHS, Pre-school Home Visiting Teachers and CHAD. There is input to the Team by a Pre School Home Visiting Teacher once a month and liaison with CHAD Social Worker once a month.

In referring a child, the following criteria must be met:

  • Children under 5 years of age
  • Children for whom there is concern about 2 or more areas of their development which is likely to persist for more than 6 months
  • Children who are likely to benefit from assessment by a number of different professionals

Referrals are managed through the Child Health Department at Borders General Hospital. Professionals/therapists should speak to others involved with the child to agree referral to EyCAT prior to referral being submitted

The Team use the facilities of:

  • Aberlour 'Bungalow' in St Boswells
  • Burnfoot Community School
  • Eyemouth Family Centre
  • Innerleithen Family Centre

The assessment involves standardised testing and clinical observation and examination. An action plan is developed in collaboration with parents/carers.

The EyCAT Team are:

  • Consultant Paediatrician
  • Senior Occupational Therapist
  • Senior Physiotherapist
  • Senior Speech & Language Therapist
  • Administrator

Consultant Paediatrician, Child Health, BGH tel: 01896 8266687