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Occupational therapy enables children and young (CYP) people to take part in daily life to improve their health and wellbeing. Daily life is made up of many activities (or occupations).
For children or young people, this may include:
Occupational therapists promote environments, relationships, and activities which support children and young people to develop and feel happy. This can help them feel valued members of their community, regardless of physical, learning and mental health needs.
We see children and young people with various difficulties or conditions. These include neuro-motor conditions such as Cerebral palsy; Autistic Spectrum Disorder; Syndromes; Developmental co-ordination difficulties; and Developmental delay
Some children may experience sensory differences due to their disability. As such, they they will find it hard to process, and act upon, information received through their senses. This can create challenges in everyday tasks.
We can support children and young people to manage the impact of their sensory differences on their daily experiences.
For example, by:
Read about the Royal College of Occupational Therapists view on Sensory Integration and Sensory based interventions here.
Your child’s school or nursery, GP or Health Visitor can use the SCS referral form (Word) to refer you to our services. Once your child's referral is accepted, you should be seen within 18 weeks.
The reason for referral must relate to an identified functional concern. For example, difficulty with using cutlery, organising their books for school, dressing, riding their bike, making breakfast/light snacks, participating in PE lessons or sporting activities, handling play items (e.g. building with Lego) or using school tools (such as scissors).
See our service criteria here.
There are excellent examples of resources and advice on