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We help children participate in everyday life and become as independent as practically possible at school and at home.

We provide assessments, advice, activity programmes and therapy for children with a range of physical or developmental conditions that affect their daily life.

We aim to enable each child and family to discover how much they can do for themselves.

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy (OT) helps children and young people to achieve their full potential in their ability to play, learn and look after themselves. The aim is to improve a child’s level of independence and quality of life.

For children, this means playing, socialising and making the most of school, as well as being able to brush their own teeth or hold a pen.

How do we help?

We provide assessments and a range of therapeutic interventions for children who have a complex, severe or enduring physical and/or developmental condition that significantly affects their ability to achieve their potential during daily life.

Our therapists work in schools, nurseries, homes and hospitals.  Our aim is to enable each child to discover just how much they can do for themselves.

After an assessment, we offer children and their families advice and information, reports, joint working with their nursery or school, or possibly therapy intervention.

We often develop activity programmes for the home or an educational setting.  As a child’s confidence improves, so does their independence and their chance to lead a more fulfilling life.  Parents and carers will have full involvement during and after the assessment.

Further information

Please download community occupational therapy leaflets for the NorthCentral  or South Oxfordshire.

Information on equipment is available here

Last updated: 14 August, 2019

  • Prescribed app

This is a prescribed app. It should only be used alongside a face to face intervention provided by a mental health worker. Check with your local service to see if they subscribe to the app.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): We are not allowing visitors to any of our hospital or inpatient sites in order to protect our patients and staff who care for them from the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). This is with effect from Monday 23 March 2020 until further notice.

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  • For adults and older adults call 01865 904 997
  • For children and young people call 01865 904 998