Health & Development

The human body is exceptionally complicated. Our trillions of cells work together to form a complex network of tissues, organs and systems. It is important for each part to function properly for the body as a whole to be healthy. This site provides information about some of the more common health problems and developmental difficulties experienced by children and young people, and the links to service providers who may be able to help.

Canstock Images/Health and Development(copy).jpgAllergies & the Immune System

The Immune System is a network of cells and tissues in the body that fight against infection and disease. An allergic reaction occurs when the immune system overreacts to a normally harmless substance. Reactions can vary greatly in their symptoms and severity.

Asthma & Breathing Disorders

Breathing disorders are conditions which affect the respiratory system’s ability to function. Asthma is a common lung disease that causes the airways to narrow, making it hard to breathe.

Bones, Muscles & Joints

Bones are rigid structures that make up the human skeleton. They have a number of functions, including structure and protection, the production of red and white blood cells, and mineral storage. Muscle is a soft tissue that contracts to create movement. It also provides support for the skeleton and lines many of our internal organs and vessels. A joint is where two bones meet, allowing movement to happen.

Hormonal Balance

Hormones are the body’s chemical messengers. Only a small amount is required to produce an effect within the body. A hormone imbalance occurs when a particular hormone is under or overproduced.

Posture, Balance, Flexibility & Strength

Problems in any of these areas can affect the health of your child's joints and overall physical well-being, including their ability to be active and their coordination.

Sexual & Reproductive Health

Reproductive Health encompasses our physical, mental and emotional well-being with regard to the reproductive system and sexual development.


Skin is a multi-layered tissue covering the external surface of the body. Its primary functions are protection, sensation, excretion and heat regulation.


Getting enough sleep is important not only for ensuring we are well rested, but also to maintain good health and overall well-being. The amount of sleep required changes with age and varies between individuals.

Teeth & Mouth

Problems with your child’s teeth and mouth can adversely affect their ability to eat, making it harder for them to gain the nutrients they need for good health. They can also have an impact on your child’s speech and overall self-confidence.

Toileting (kidney & urinary system)

Learning to use the toilet is a major step in your child’s development. Some children struggle more than others with toilet training, and this can be for a number of reasons, including physical, behavioural and emotional.