Occupational therapy (community)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update – cancellation of appointments and drop-in clinics

Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, and following current guidance from NHS England, we are cancelling all face-to-face appointments and drop-in clinics. 

We are regularly reviewing the situation with the safety of our families and staff being our top priority. We will offer some video and telephone appointments to those that need it most.

We will contact you again to rebook your appointment as soon as we can. We hope you understand that we may not be able to confirm timings at this stage and we appreciate your patience during this time.

Read our latest information on coronavirus.


 

Overview

Occupational therapists are health professionals who support children with their “occupations” – meaning everything a child wants or needs to do in their life. This might be

  • dressing themselves
  • drawing and writing
  • playing.

What areas we look at?

  • what a child needs to do (we call this the occupation or activity, like using scissors)
  • what a child can do and what they find difficult (we call this the person’s skills, like how they hold the scissors)
  • where they need to do it (the environment, like the classroom).

What does an occupational therapist do?

The role of the children's occupational therapist (OT) is to work with babies, young children and school-aged children who have difficulties with the practical skills they need to succeed in everyday life.

An OT will aim to enable a child to be as independent as possible in self-care, school work and play.

Our OTs and technicians provide specialist assessments to identify the underlying difficulties impacting on your child's function (for example motor, sensory or perceptual skills). We provide therapy intervention and recommend appropriate strategies to help children overcome these difficulties.

We work with parents and people who know your child best, to enable you to support your child and help them achieve their potential at home, school and during play.

How do I know if my child needs occupational therapy?

Occupational therapists work with children and young people (0-19) and their families when an impairment or disability impacts on their performance and participation in everyday activities.

We provide short-term blocks of therapy focusing on what’s most important to you and your child. These could take place in your home, one of our child development centres in Lambeth and Southwark, or at your child’s education setting.

What can I expect from my occupational therapy appointment?

If your child is accepted into our service we will arrange a telephone consultation to talk to you about your child’s needs and explain the service we offer.

Following your first appointment, we may then offer you:

  • a resource pack to support you and your child at home
  • group parent/carer-only sessions which may include coaching or training
  • one to one or group sessions with your child.

Appointments typically last 30 minutes to one hour, depending on the content of the session.

Contacts

Tel: 020 3049 8181

 

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