The role of occupational therapists working with children and young people is to provide intervention, support and/or advice to children and young people (0-19 years) and their families, where there is disability or impairment which significantly impacts on their performance and participation in everyday activities of life.


Advice and strategies are offered to the child/young person, their family, education staff and other professionals working closely with the child/young person; this provides them with the information they need to improve the child/young person's wellbeing.  Adaptations to the environment, tasks and equipment will be recommended to enable the child or young person to be as independent as possible.


The occupational therapy team also offer advice and information to nurseries and schools to develop the staff's knowledge of some of the difficulties the children/young people may have and how they can support them to join in these environments.

Children’s occupational therapy have an open referral system. This means that we accept referrals from any source including parents/carers, health visitors, pre-schools, nurseries, mainstream and special schools, paediatricians and GPs. 

Please either click on this link to refer your child into the service or if preferred you can telephone the department on 01522 309025.  The referral will be triaged and you will be either directed to our universal offer or if appropriate will receive and appointment for an assessment.

Our occupational therapists work with children with a variety of difficulties. This includes children with:

  • Rheumatology conditions
  • Significant orthopaedic problems (problems with joints or bones) that are causing functional problems
  • Neurological conditions (for example cerebral palsy or traumatic brain injury)
  • Muscular conditions (for example muscular dystrophy)
  • Children with profound and multiple learning disabilities where physical ability significantly impacts on their function or care.

The role of occupational therapists working with children and young people is to provide intervention, support and/or advice to children and young people (0-19 years) and their families, where there is disability or impairment which significantly impacts on their performance and participation in everyday activities of life.

Advice and strategies are offered to the child/young person, their family, education staff and other professionals working closely with the child/young person; this provides them with the information they need to improve the child/young person's wellbeing.  Adaptations to the environment, tasks and equipment will be recommended to enable the child or young person to be as independent as possible.

The occupational therapy team also offer advice and information to nurseries and schools to develop the staff's knowledge of some of the difficulties the children/young people may have and how they can support them to join in these environments.

At this current time, the occupational therapy service is not commissioned to see children who have a diagnosis of developmental co-ordination disorder, also known as dyspraxia or to assess for this condition. The occupational therapy service is also currently unable to assess children with sensory processing difficulties however there is virtual training availabe for parents carers - please refer to this section of the website for details.