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Your child's appointment with the community occupational therapy service

How do I get an appointment?

Our service is open to families registered with a Lambeth or Southwark GP.

If you are concerned that your child is not doing everyday things in the same way as their peers, you can access our service in the following ways:

  • talk to your health visitor, health professional or your child’s nursery teacher or teacher. These people can make a referral for you
  • via GP referral
  • refer your child yourself if you have previously been known to the service.

Changing or cancelling your appointment

If you are unable to attend your appointment for any reason, please contact us using the relevant numbers at the top of this page as soon as possible. We can try to arrange a more suitable appointment time for you.

Please note if you do not attend and do not let us know, we may assume you no longer require our service and you will be discharged.

Before your appointment

Please bring:

  • any forms that have been sent to you
  • an upper limb splint, if your child wears one
  • glasses, if your child wears them
  • any recent relevant reports, for example from the educational psychologist, school, speech and language therapist.

Please ensure your child is dressed in comfortable clothing that they can move easily in.

An interpreting service is available for all appointments. Please let us know if you require an interpreter and what language would be best.

If you need to speak to your therapist before coming to your appointment, language line can be used to ensure that language is not a barrier to communication. You can access the language support service on 020 7188 8815 or email languagesupport@gstt.nhs.uk.

What to expect at your appointment

Most appointments will last one to one-and-a-half hours. You will be expected to attend the appointment with your child.

Initial assessments usually include a discussion about how your child is managing at home, nursery or school. We will talk to you about what your concerns are. The occupational therapist, with your consent, will assess your child’s strengths and needs through activities such as play, self-care and school tasks.

We may give you advice, strategies and activities that you can do with your child at home to help your child improve their skills.

There may be some appointments where it is appropriate for you to attend without your child, but we will discuss these with you.

After your appointment

If you have any questions after your appointment then please contact Louise or Vicky and they will be happy to help:

  • Louise Vassallo - clinical team leader for Lambeth
    Tel: 020 3049 6020
  • Vicky d'Abo - clinical team leader for Southwark
    Tel: 020 3049 8181.

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