Kerry Intervention and Disability Services (K.I.D.S)
KIDS is a partnership of the HSE South, Brothers of Charity, Enable Ireland and St John of God Children’s Services. The Kerry CSC Children with Disabilities Working Group has overseen the reconfiguration of services for children with disabilities in Kerry to ensure enhanced support for children with disabilities at primary care level and more equitable access to specialist services for all children in the county. 4 Interdisciplinary network teams have been established under KIDS in North Kerry, Tralee, Mid-Kerry and South Kerry. Teams include a Clinical /Educational Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, Speech & Language Therapist, Early Intervention Specialist, Social Worker, Domiciliary Care Nurse, Manager, Administrator, Clerical Officer, & Paediatrician. The KIDS team links with Public Health Nurses, GPs, Paediatricians, Area Medical Officers, Pre-school Coordinators and School Staff. Services are provided to children 0 – 18 years, are based on need and are determined by geographical area. Members of the K.I.D.S team work within in the school regularly. There are dedicated rooms in SFSS for physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy.