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Tuesday 26 March 2019
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
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Joint Therapy Clinics

If the referral for your child suggests that they may have coordination difficulties and should see both an occupational therapist and a physiotherapist, you may well be invited to have an appointment at a joint therapy clinic.

Clinics take place at various NHS venues around the area. Our Team will do their best to make the appointment as local to your home as possible. In some areas with lots of rural villages, this is not always easy. If you have a problem getting to the clinic, please let your therapist know. They may be able to make alternative arrangements.

You will receive a written appointment which will give you details of what you need to bring and what is going to take place. Basically, we will assess your child’s physical development by using standardised tests which gives us reliable information about how your child is developing for their age. We will also use our clinical judgement and experience to assess any difficulties.

Usually your child will be working with one therapist, while you talk to the other, giving them information about your concerns. If a member of school staff wish to come to the assessment, please let your therapists know. Occasionally, we have students who come to observe, but we will let you know if that is likely to happen.

What should you tell your child?

It’s a good idea to explain that this assessment will be the start of helping them improve their skills, making home life and school easier. We will work with your child, their school and of course with parents to develop a plan of how to move forward. Do tell your child that nothing nasty is going to happen at the assessment! There will be activities such as jumping, hopping, catching a ball, and also table activities like threading, drawing and cutting out. It should be quite fun and will always aim to develop confidence.

At the end of the assessment, your therapists will talk to you about what happens next, which will include their recommended programme of therapy.

If you are unable to attend, please let us know either by phoning 0300 123 4586 option 2 then option 5. Or email our admin team.


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