Occupational therapy (children and young people)

The occupational therapist sees and treats children and young people with functional difficulties arising from their diagnosis or treatment.

They will look at any physical, sensory, cognitive, perceptual and developmental needs that may affect the ability to carry out activities of daily living (ADLs), with the aim of promoting or facilitating independence in all aspects of everyday life.

Occupational therapy interventions can help in the following areas:

  • Functional assessments and interventions including self-care, developmental, play, leisure, school or work
  • Assessment for equipment such as bathing equipment, wheelchair or specialist buggies
  • Management of symptoms affecting independence i.e. fatigue, anxiety or breathlessness
  • Neurological assessments including cognitive and perceptual, upper limb and coordination interventions
  • Onward referrals to local and community services for ongoing Occupational Therapy input and equipment needs at home

Children and young people can be referred to Occupational Therapy on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 08:00-16:30 (excluding public holidays) by calling 020 8661 3090. All referrals will be prioritised according to clinical need, as determined by the occupational therapist.