Service description

The Children’s Occupational Therapy team works with children from birth to age 16 (up to 19 years in statutory education) who have difficulty participating in everyday activities because of physical disability or a medical condition to live more productive and enjoyable lives.

We help children who are experiencing difficulties with gross and fine motor skills, visual perception, sensory impairment and sensory motor skills. We support them to become more independent with everyday activities they need and want to do including:

  • Getting dressed
  • Personal care
  • Play
  • Leisure activities
  • School

Referral criteria

We will offer a service to children and young people:

  • from birth to age 16 (up to 19 years in statutory education) registered to GP practices in Leicester City, Leicestershire or Rutland
  • attending school in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland if the occupational therapy intervention needs to be delivered in the context of the curriculum
  • with significant functional, independence, sensory, movement or perceptual difficulties that can be changed through occupational therapy intervention

These may be the result of:

  • Complex physical  needs (birth trauma, genetic disorder, acquired and congenital disorder autistic spectrum disorders)
  • Neuromuscular conditions
  • Acquired conditions
  • DCD / Dyspraxia / ADHD
  • Developmental delay
  • Environmental circumstances

Referrals can be made by:

  • Parents/carers known to the service who have been discharged within 6 months
  • Health professionals including GPs
  • Education/teaching staff
  • Social services staff

The service is not commissioned to provide a service for:

  • Any young person over 16 who is not in full time education
  • Young people with Special needs over the age of 19 years
  • Children / young people who have a short-term acute illness and is expected to return to their former level of function and wellness
  • Patients who has had surgical intervention for an acute need and is expected to return to their former level of function and wellness
  • This service does not accept children and young people with the following conditions or diagnosis unless there is a significant overriding community issue e.g. unable to leave home
  • Mental Health including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and ME
  • Rheumatology
  • Ayres Sensory Integration Assessment or Treatment

Who to contact if you need an interpreter or information about disabled access

Please ask the professional referring into our service to let us know if an interpreter is needed for your appointment. Alternately, requests can be made by contacting us on 0116 295 2495.

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