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Monday 18 March 2019
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
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Children's Paediatric Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy

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The Community Paediatric Therapy Team provides a specialist service to children with difficulties with movement and daily activities at home and school.

The aim of the website is to provide information for parents, children and young people as well as school staff who work to support children with Special Needs.

What is Paediatric Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy?

Quality Standards

Every therapist is registered by the Health and Care Professions Council.  Therapists work within/abide by the codes of practise of their professional bodies (CSP) Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and (BAOT) British Association of Occupational Therapists.

The Team

We have an experienced team who work in the following areas:-

Early Years - Are based at the Ronnie Mackeith Centre.  Children from 0 to 2 years old. Should our service still be required then over 2's will normally transfer to the Community Therapy Team

Community Therapy Team - Children from 2 to 18 years old.  Children are seen in various settings i.e. clinics, nurseries, schools and at home.  Children in special schools will transfer to the Adult Learning Disability Team (from the age of 19).  Children in mainstream Schools will, if appropriate transfer to the Young Adult Team (transition begins at the age of 14)

Young Adult Team - This team works with young people from the age of 14 -16 years old who require further Physiotherapy input and support up to the age of 25.

What Our Service Can Offer?

By assessing and working with the child or young person in their school, home or a local clinic.  We can help by:

Working closely with parents, teachers and other carers, and providing appropriate support

Following assessment and analysis improving physical abilities through developing gross motor skills (larger movements i.e. rolling, crawling, walking, running, jumping and climbing) and fine motor skills (upper limb and hand skills i.e. dressing, eating and handwriting skills)

We may advise and arrange a range of equipment or specialist aids to help your child/young person to complete more tasks easier become more independent.

You Are Expected To Help By? 

Supporting your child/young person by regularly working with them on any therapy programmes and advice provided.


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