Your child’s Occupational Therapy journey

There are some situations where we work with a child for several years. This is what their journey with us may look like

Who will refer my child to your service?

Your child will usually be referred by the paediatrician or GP. Sometimes your school may ask us to see your child. We aim to see your child within 18 weeks.

Where do you see my child?

Your child may be seen in NHS sites, your home or at school for an assessment and follow-up.

How do you assess my child?

Occupational Therapist’s will assess many aspects of your child’s participation and function in everyday tasks.

We focus on the use of the fine muscles of the hands, as they help with many tasks like dressing, writing, eating.

We will use standardised assessment tools where appropriate to guide our decision making on the best care for your child.

We make observations and informal assessment throughout each session, whether this is a follow up session or not. We constantly aim to work toward clear goals of daily function.

How often you see my child for therapy?

Early intervention helps to achieve better motor skills. This will depend on what the goals is and how we are able to help, we will discuss this with you.

What else will you provide for my child?

  • We recommend home based programmes and will support you to do work on these with advice, recommendations and training.
  • We will offer training to school staff who may also carry out your child’s programme.
  • We sometimes provide specialist equipment to help your child develop including that needed for 24 hour postural management for children with complex needs.
  • Both therapists and therapy assistants may see your child.
  • We offer group work for some children.
  • We can sign post you to other services that we feel may benefit your child.

Will you discharge my child?

It depends on them reaching their goals and whether they have ongoing needs. You may find that your child is discharged from us, this does not mean that we will never be involved again. When a child changes or transitions there may be a need for us again.

Non-urgent advice: Further information

I have more questions. Who should I speak to?

Please speak to your therapist about any questions you have however big or small.

Alternatively, our admin team can redirect your queries: oxonchildrens.therapies@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk

Page last reviewed: 12 August, 2021