Occupational therapy for children

Service overview

Our children's and young people's occupational therapy teams caters for children aged from 0 to 19 years who have a wide range of disabilities, disorders and delays including:

  • physical disability
  • sensory needs
  • profound and complex learning disabilities
  • motor coordination difficulties

We offer intervention to children on a one to one basis or in a group setting, depending on what is appropriate. Our children's and young person's occupational therapy teams work in children's homes, health centres, nurseries and schools.

Who can refer:

  • GPs
  • Paediatricians
  • Health visitors
  • School nurses
  • Other healthcare professionals
  • Educational staff
  • Other profressionals involved in a child's care
  • Parents
  • Carers

 When to refer:

  • When your/a child is presenting with a delay in his/her fine motor, pre writing or self care skills.  (self care skills refers to activities such as dressing, washing, feeding, toileting).
  • When your/ a child is presenting with concerns in relation to school readiness such as such pre-writing, hand skills for play and learning and everyday living skills

How to refer: 

All Barnet referrals should be made on our child development service referral form.

All inner London borough referrals should be made using our children's and young people's occupational therapy referral form.

All Merton referrals should be made using the children's occupational therapy referral form.

Please note that our children's occupational therapy service does not provide equipment for daily living.

Useful links

  

We work closely with a range of agencies from health, education and social care to help work in partnership with you to support your child to do more of what they need and want to do.

Please follow this link to find out more about how occupational therapists work in general with children.

Please follow this link to find out more about your local occupational therapy service in north Kensington and Chelsea.

Please follow this link to find your nearest children's centre in Kensington and Chelsea

Other websites

Therapy fun zone is a website set up by an occupational therapist to share activity ideas, and encourage you to share yours in order to keep the creativity stimulated if you are helping your child to develop their skills.

OT Plan is an activity idea search engine for paediatricoccupational therapy activities.

ERIC is a site to improve the quality of life of children, young people and their families in theUK who suffer from the consequences of wetting and soiling difficulties, to help them manage or overcome these problems.

www.CanChild.ca is a research and educational centre in Canada.  Their research is focused on improving the lives of children and youth with disabilities and their families.

  
 

Referrers

This information is for GPs and other healthcare professionals who refer patients to our children and young person's occupational therapy teams.

This service is for children 0-19 yrs of age:

  • registered with a GP in the boroughs of Barnet, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Merton and Westminster
  • with functional issues regarding fine or gross motor skills affecting activities of daily living such as dressing washing eating and writing. This can include children with underlying diagnosis or likely diagnosis of the following:
    • cerebral palsy, spina bifida, head injury,
    • muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, neuropathy
    • autism and aspergers
    • developmental delay (general and specific) including syndromes.
    • motor co-ordination difficulties
    • orthopaedic/rheumatologic conditions such as chronic arthritis, charcot marie tooth disorder and erb's palsy

This service is not for:

  • sensory integration therapy programme alone
  • children with behavioural issues with no functional concerns
  • home equipment/adaptation only (Barnet only)

How to refer: 

All Barnet referrals should be made on our child development service referral form.

Barnet home equipment referrals
Referrals for home equipment or adaptation in Barnet should be made to Barnet children's service occupational therapy team at Building 4, North London Business Park,Oakleigh Road South, N11 1NP.

All inner London borough referrals should be made using our children's and young people's occupational therapy referral form.

All Merton referrals should be made using the children's occupational therapy referral form.

 

Discharge criteria for our children's occupational therapy service

  

Children are discharged from the children and young people's occupational therapy service when:

  • There is no further indication for treatment
  • Further intervention will not affect change
  • Functional goals are met
  • No further progress of skills
  • Non-compliance (with notifications sent)
  • When problems have resolve
  • Advice has been given and there is no further indication for intervention
  • Advice needs to be followed without the need for on-going follow up
  • It is felt that there is no further improvement
  • Young people move from children's services into adult services
  • Child moves out of borough
  • If you do not contact us to cancel a booked appointment
  
 

Locations

 
 
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