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Children’s Community Occupational Therapy Service


What Does Our Service Do?

Children’s Community Occupational Therapy Service is provided for children and young people with disorders or delays that limit their functional abilities and independence who will benefit from occupational therapy. Occupational therapy helps the patient to develop (or re-gain) functional abilities and improves their independence. It also helps parents and carers in providing care for the child or young person when full independence is not possible. The team provide assessments, therapy, practical advice, strategies and equipment to ensure children with physical needs are able to develop and achieve functionally, physically, academically, socially and emotionally to reach their full potential with the support of their family and carers.

Occupational therapy staff work in a multi-agency context with partners in education, social services and acute hospital trusts.

How Does Our Service Work?

All children accepted into the service will receive a letter inviting them and their parents or carers to an appointment for assessment. On attendance they can expect a full assessment of their functional and independence abilities which usually involves a full history, physical examination and assessment and discussion of functional activities within the child’s daily life in the home, school and nursery. Consent for treatment should be discussed along with any risks and benefits of the proposed therapy. Most first and subsequent appointments take 1 hour. Families are given help and guidance to carry out the activities recommended on a regular basis and sometimes schools help in this process. Families can expect that goals of therapy are agreed and a plan for either longer term care or discharge are agreed

The service has 15 Occupational therapists and 8 Support staff, working both full-time and part-time hours. Each full time occupational therapist has approximately 40 children on their caseload and frequency of visits can range from weekly, fortnightly or less often depending on their needs. An average treatment session lasts for an hour.

Currently there are approximately 1000 children across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland having Occupational therapy.

Children are usually seen in a local clinic setting (health centre or children’s centre). Occasionally visits to educational settings may be carried out to help the children engage in school curriculum activities.

Home visits may be offered where necessary to meet specific needs of a child and family. Intervention programmes need to be practiced regularly to be effective and are therefore built into the child’s play and general daily routine with parents/carers, education staff etc. in partnership with the Occupational Therapist. Areas of specialist skill and knowledge in the service are shared for consultation in areas such as specific treatment approaches, orthopaedic consultations and behavioural strategies.

How Can You Access Our Service?

To access our service you can:

  • Speak to your GP
  • Speak to any other healthcare professional involved in your care
  • Speak to school staff
  • Contact us directly if your child has been seen by the service in the last six months

Contact Us

By telephone on 0116 2952495

Or our address:

Children’s Community Physiotherapy service
Bridge Park Plaza, bridge park road,

Further Information

What is occupational therapy and how can we help you - information leaflet

Useful Contact Details - information leaflet

Hand Splinting Clinic - information leaflet

Let Me Cut with Scissors - information leaflet

Let Me Develop Hand Strength - information leaflet

Let Me Sit Ready for Handwriting - information leaflet

Let me tie shoelaces - information leaflet

What Are Visual Memory Skills - information leaflet

Clothing for individual care needs - information leaflet

Help with handwriting pencil grips - information leaflet

Let me dress myself - information leaflet

Let me use a knife and fork - information leaflet

What is visual perception - information leaflet

Move and Play 0 to 9 months - information leaflet

Move and Play 9 to 18 months - information leaflet

Move and Play 18 months to 2 years  - information leaflet

Move and Play 2 to 3 years  - information leaflet

Move and Play 3 to 4 years - information leaflet

Move and Play 4 to 5 years - information leaflet

Let Me Try birth to 9 months  - information leaflet

Let Me Try 9 to 18 months - information leaflet

Let Me Try 18 months to 2 years - information leaflet

Let Me Try 2 to 3 years - information leaflet

Let Me Try 3 to 4 years - information leaflet

Let Me Try 4 to 5 years - information leaflet

Care Pathway for Children and Adults with Down's Syndrome

Care Pathway for Children with ASD

Occupational Therapy Referral Guidelines

Early Years Sensory Processing - resource pack

Key Stages 1-4 Sensory Processing - resource pack for schools

Support Groups

  • Face to face – support group for children with disabilities
  • ADAPT – local support group for pre term babies

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