Children’s Occupational Therapy: Next steps for getting help

This level of support is for children, young people and families that are experiencing chronic or severe difficulties that would benefit from extensive long-term evidence-based treatment, including outpatient and inpatient care.
Or for children, young people and families that haven’t benefited from short term interventions or have been ‘getting help’ but their difficulties have got worse.

A number of children / young people with complex needs will receive on-going care from the occupational therapy service to assist them with adaptions to aid their everyday living and maintain their posture to prevent future health complications. 

This work is normally 1:1 and feeds into multiagency plans to support the child, young person and family. This work is usually carried out in conjunction with a lead medical clinician for the child’s care. 

This work can include 1:1 appointment, liaison with MDT medical teams or social care teams to ensure the right level of support and care is in place. 

The long term work we offer are; 

Work in clinics at Salt Way, at home, in their educational setting including nursery and school. 

The occupational therapy offered will be part of a programme of long term care to support children and young people to achieve or maintain postural management, mobility, joint range of movement etc. 

Children who have an acquired brain injury will require intensive rehab post injury, often jointly with a physiotherapist and therapy assistant. 

Children with cerebral palsy who have been funded by the NHS for SDR (selective dorsal Children who undergo upper limb botulinum toxin treatment will often need increased therapy input to maximise the benefit from the treatment. 

At phases of transition, children will need increased input to support their transition for example from pre-school to school and again from children’s to adult care.