Paediatric Occupational Therapy

Paediatric occupational therapy


Paediatric Occupational Therapy

The Occupational Therapy Service will assess and provide intervention, support and/or advice to children, young people and their families, where they have a disability or impairment which impacts on their performance and participation in activities of everyday life to help them to reach their full potential. They work with children and young people from 0-18 years (or 19 years if in a special school). Occupational Therapists advice/provision includes:

  • Specialist seating for positioning, feeding and access to the curriculum/play at home, and nursery or school   
  • Specialist equipment for night time positioning
  • Bathing or showering needs
  • Toileting needs
  • Play and hand skill development
  • Development of self-care skills such as dressing or feeding
  • Specific moving and handling advice
  • Recommendations for minor or major adaptations to the home environment or school environment to enable access

How we meet your needs

The service offers support in a range of settings.  If your child has an EHCP we may see them in their educational setting (nursery, school, college) where we can assess and advise education staff to enable a coordinated approach to meeting the child’s or young person’s needs.  We also offer home visits to assess access to the home environment and participation in activities of daily living. Some children are assessed or reviewed in a clinic setting to enable assessment in an appropriate environment. There may also be telephone and/or video appointments dependent on need. Each child is different and their provision will be based on where we can maximise potential and reach the agreed outcomes and aspirations. 


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