The mission of the State Diagnostic and Counselling Centre is to ensure that children and adolescents with developmental disorders, which later in life can lead to disabilities, receive diagnosis and counselling and have access to resources to improve quality of life.
The State Diagnostic and Counselling Centre is a national institution serving children and adolescents from birth to 18 years of age and their families. The Centre operates according to Act 83/2003. The staff are committed to helping children with developmental disabilities achieve their potential and enjoy success in adult life by providing early intervention, multidisciplinary assessment, counselling and access to resources. Furthermore, we are obliged to educate parents and professionals about children┤s disabilities and main treatment methods. The staff are involved in clinical research and various projects in the field of childhood disabilities in cooperation with local and international teams.
The work is based on the principles of family-centred services which emphasize sensitivity and respect for the culture and values of each family. Parents are encouraged to take active part in decisions regarding the child┤s services and to participate in intervention programs when possible. In preparation for a referral to the Centre a preliminary assessment must be made by a professional (for example a paediatrician, psychologist, pre- and primary school specialists). For further information see Act 83/2003.
The main reason for a referral to the Centre is suspicion of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual Disability and Motor Disorders. Children who are diagnosed with a disabling condition have the right to special assistance in their youth pursuant to laws on disability rights. Furthermore, they have the right for services for the disabled under the auspices of the municipality. Parents of children with a disabling condition are entitled to home-care allowances at the State Social Security Institute (www.tr.is) due to increased expenditure related to the child┤s condition. Icelandic Health Insurance (www.sjukra.is) pay for assistive devices (wheelchairs, walkers etc.), therapy and travel expenses.