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Paediatric Occupational Therapy Service

Who are we?  

Children’s Occupational Therapists, work with children, families, schools, nurseries, and other agencies and professionals to maximise the child’s participation and independence in daily activities.  We are able to assist children by promoting their independence in the following areas: Self Care (dressing, washing, feeding, and toileting), School Activities (pencil skills, scissor skills, concentration and accessing the environment) and play/leisure skills (advice on activities and toys that will benefit child’s development).  Assessments may include a child’s fine motor, sensory self care, and perceptual skills. The task or environment may be adapted to meet the child’s needs and enable them to achieve maximum independence.  

Who do we work with? 

•The Children’s Occupational Therapy service is a community based citywide service which accepts referrals for all children aged 0-19 years of age who remain in full-time school-based education and who are registered with a Birmingham GP.  

•The service is provided for children who have functional difficulties in one or more areas of their daily life eg home school or leisure, and aims to provide intervention as early as possible, as the potential for change is greatest in younger children. 

How can we help? 

•OTs offer assessments and therapy for children individually or in a group.

•OTs give advice for parents/carers, education,  and other healthcare professionals,  regarding activities and strategies to either maintain or develop skills affecting a child’s daily activities.  We actively encourage involvement of parents/carers/families in a child’s treatment plan and support this by providing advice, demonstration, and instruction on how to carry out activities and strategies to support the child’s development.  

Who provides it?

The NHS Occupational Therapy Service in Birmingham provides input to children in clinics, schools and nurseries, at home and in the child development centres (CDCs). There is currently no dedicated provision into special schools, with children seen only on a limited case-by-case basis. 

The Service aims to provide intervention for children and families in the environment that is most appropriate to meet the child’s needs, be that homes, schools, CDCs and/or health centres. Intervention may be delivered on a one-to-one basis and may involve direct intervention from an Occupational Therapist (OT) or an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA), under the supervision of an OT. Otherwise an indirect approach maybe used to enable others to meet the needs of the child through delivery of a specific or general programme. Advice may also be offered with regard to specialist equipment, splinting and adaptations to the environment.

Referral process:

Initial referrals are accepted from doctors, Educational Support Services, social care & health and other health professionals (e.g. Physiotherapists, Health Visitors and Speech and Language Therapists).  If children are re referred following OT intervention referrals will also be accepted from teachers and parents/carers.

Intervention

There are a number of types of intervention that children are offered dependent on their clinical profile.  Children and parents may need advice and strategies, or require a more robust package of care that includes advice and strategies as well as direct OT intervention with a therapist or therapy assistant.  Packages of care are individually designed for the child’s and families needs and may be implemented in school, home, or both. The tailor made programme will include specific and measurable set goals and objectives which will be reviewed by a therapist following the block of treatment.  

Contact Us

Paediatric Occupational Therapy Service

Soho Health Centre
247 – 251 Soho Road
Handsworth
Birmingham
B21 9RY

Tel: 0121 465 8551

Click here to download the Children and Families Referral form for all services.