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Sunday 17 February 2019
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What is Paediatric Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy?

Paediatric Occupational Therapy

Paediatric Occupational Therapists are part of the multi-disciplinary medical team that can work with your child to promote their best level of development and achievement in school and at home, in leisure pursuits and in their social skills.

The Occupational Therapist (OT) will assess your child to find out what their needs are, and in what way they can be supported. The assessments used are a mixture of tests which are standardised against the performance of many other children and clinical observations of their performance.

The Occupational Therapist aims to develop independence in every day tasks, which may often mean working alongside our physiotherapy colleagues.

We also work to improve daily living skills such as eating and dressing. Sometimes the Occupational Therapist advises on the use of equipment to make a task easier for your child, and this could be anything from using a special piece of cutlery, to large pieces of equipment such as a bath seat to help get into the bath safely and independently.

All qualified OT's are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. 


If you would like more information about Occupational Therapy with children, visit the link below:

British Association of Occupational Therapists and College of Occupational Therapists

Paediatric Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy aims to help and treat children and young people with physical problems as well as providing support to their families and carers.

Physiotherapists support and young people who have difficulty with movement and treat short and long-term conditions that impact on physical development, activity and their ability to participate in play, leanring and socialising.

Following an assessment, physiotherapy programmes are divised in collaboration with both the child/young person and their family/carer.  Treatment is incorporated into simple everyday activities.  Advice and training are provided so that the family can help and encourage the child to practice their physiotherapy programmes.

We work with the child/young person, their family and Health and Educationsl colleagues to encourage each child to get the most out of their lives and fully develop their potential, from birth to the time they, from birth to the time they transition to adult services.

Movement difficulties may be to to a range of conditions, which may include but is not limited to:

Cerebral Palsy

Development Delay

Developmental Co-ordination Disorder

Neuromuscular Conditions

Acquired Brain Injury

Down's Syndrome


Both qualified Physiotherapists (PTs) and Technical Instructors work within the service.  Initial assessments are always carried out by a qualified PT.  You may recieve further assessment and intervention by a PT or Technical Instructor depending on your need.  All qualified PT's are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.  http://www.hcpc-uk.co.uk.  If you would like more information about Physiotherapy with children, visit the link below:

Association of Chartered Physiotherapists for Children

Our Ethos

'To facilitate a child's optimum independence and quality of life within the family, educational or wider social environment.'