Our services and how to access them

Assessment

The assessment will be tailored to identify your child's difficulties and may include some of the following areas:

  • Functional difficulties such as dressing, eating, toileting
  • School skills such as pencil and scissor skills
  • Play skills
  • Fine motor skills and gross motor function
  • Upper limb assessment
  • Splinting
  • Equipment needs, including specialist seating and moving and handling equipment
  • Environmental adaptations.
  • Your child may be assessed at home, school or nursery, or at one of our clinics, depending on the nature of their needs. The decision whether to offer further support from Occupational Therapy is based on the outcome of assessment, the impact of the difficulty on the child's life and the likelihood of being able to achieve change at this time.

    Interventions

    If your child is identified as being likely to benefit from Occupational Therapy, intervention may take one or more of the following forms:

  • Written advice
  • Individual therapy sessions, carried out by an Occupational Therapist or a Therapy Assistant/Technical Instructor
  • Equipment to use at home
  • Advice to schools on equipment, adaptations and support
  • Provision of splints.
  • Advice and further referral for Home Adaptations
  • Joint working with other professionals i.e. Physio, key workers, Education etc
  • Schools (core service)

    Occupational Therapists work in a wide range of environments including mainstream and special schools. In order for any child to access the curriculum and learn they need to have basic underlying skills relating to posture, perception and motor skills. As Occupational Therapists, we get involved in helping children to develop these skills e.g. by ensuring a child is seated correctly, helping them to develop ways to record information, promoting the development of upper limb function, providing adaptive equipment to help them develop independence skills, and to work with them to assist in their development of visual perception so they can begin to make sense of the world around them. Our ultimate aim is to promote as much independence in the areas of a child's 'occupation' as each individual child can achieve. Our presence in schools also promotes multi-disciplinary working.

    How to access services

    Referrals to our services can be made by parents, schools, GP's, paediatricians and other health or social care professionals.
    Download referral criteria.

    The Occupational Therapy team accepts referrals by phone, fax, letter or email. Please find below our contact details.

    Download a referral form. If the referral meets our service criteria, the case is either placed on our waiting list or allocated to an Occupational Therapist depending on referral status, which is determined by level of risk. Once the referral has been screened, you will be contacted to let you know the outcome.

    The Occupational Therapy service operates under a time limited intervention policy in order to provide an equitable service to all children and keep waiting times for assessment and treatment to a minimum.

    Service leaflet

    Click here to view the Children’s Occupational Therapy Guide for parents/carers.

    Contact details

    North Warwickshire Occupational Therapy Team
    Bulkington Children’s Centre
    School Road
    Bulkington
    CV12 9JB
    Tel: +44 (0) 2475 189195

    South Warwickshire Occupational Therapy Team
    Building 1
    Saltisford Office Park
    Ansell Way
    Warwick
    CV34 4UL

    Tel: +44(0)1926 413737
    Fax: +44(0)1926 742474

    Please note that parking can be difficult at our South Team Saltisford base, although the team will do their best to reserve you a parking space, it is advisable to give yourself plenty of time in case you have to find alternative, on street parking.

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