About Occupational Therapy

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.

Who are we?

Occupational Therapists (OT) helps children and young people to achieve their full potential in their ability to play, learn and look after themselves. Our 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.

What do we do?

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.

How to make a good referral

The quality of information you give us helps us to understand your young person’s needs.

We need to know what occupational or functional difficulties your young person is having such as:

  • The physical difficulties a child is having with dressing, washing and eating.  Telling us that your young person has poor fine motor skills, does not give us the information we need.  The more details you give us about what task you want your young person to get better at and why, helps us to prioritise their needs.
  • Telling us about your young persons difficulties both at home and school.  We have parent and teacher questionnaires in the refer to us section to help guide you in giving us the information we need.

Refer to us.  

Referral Criterial

Page last reviewed: 26 January, 2023