Child Development Programme, Department of Child Development (DCD), KKH

The KKH Department of Child Development (DCD) runs the MOH funded Child Development Programme (CDP) for preschool children with developmental and behavioural problems. The main objectives of CDP are early identification and treatment of children with developmental and behavioural problems so as to correct development dysfunctions, minimize the impact of a child’s disability or of prevailing risk factors, strengthen families, and establish the foundations for subsequent development.

KKH DCD receives about 3,000 new referrals for diagnosis per year. About 20% of referrals are for assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Early diagnosis and intervention can minimize the effects of disabilities or risk, maximize the child‘s development and enhance the potential for independence in adulthood.

KKH DCD adopts the UK Nice Guideline for timely diagnostic assessment of patients referred for Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

Table 1 : Indicators for timely diagnostic assessment of patients referred for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Assessment of patients referred for ASD 2014 2015 2016
Total percentage seen within 90 days (%) 99.1 100 100
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