Welcome to Our Service

What is the Children and Young People's Occupational Therapy Service?

The Occupational Therapy service enables children and young people to participate as fully as possible in activities as part of their daily lives. We work with children and young people who have difficulties or a disability which impacts upon their daily participation in activities. Occupational Therapists (OT's) help children and young people to carry out activities they need or want to do in areas of self care, school work and play. If a child or young person has learning, sensory or physical difficulties, their ability to grow, learn, socialise and play can be compromised.

Our service works with a variety of children and young people between the ages of 0-19 years who have specific difficulties in participating in or completing daily activities.

How the service is organised

The service is organised into 5 clinical teams which see specific populations of children and young people. These are as follows:

  • Early Years Team -Premature babies leaving SCBU and preschool children having any physical and/or learning disability or other developmental disability such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Click here for the ASD resource pack.
  • Mainstream Schools Team -Children and young people who attend a mainstream school. These children may not have a diagnosis. Those who do have a diagnosis often have neurodevelopmental conditions such as Developmental Coordination Disorders Click here for the DCD resource pack, Autistic Spectrum Disorders or a learning difficulty.
  • Physical Disability Team -Children and young people who attend a mainstream school who have a significant physical disability such as Cerebral Palsy, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA), Duchene Muscular Dystrophy, and Acquired Brain Injury.
  • Special Schools Team -Children and young people who attend a special school who have a physical (see examples above) and/or a learning disability.
  • Upper Limb Splinting Team -Children and Young People who require upper limb splinting to address or prevent contracture/deformity and to promote optimal upper limb function for participation in daily occupations.

Who are we?

Both qualified Occupational Therapists (OT's) and Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTA's) work within the department. Initial assessments are always carried out by a qualified OT. You may receive further assessment and intervention by an OT or an OTA depending on your need. All qualified OT's are registered with the Health Professions Council. www.hpc-uk.org/

Where do we work?

We are based at the City of Coventry Health Centre in the City Centre. Here we offer clinic appointments and group sessions on the fourth floor. We also see children and young people in a variety of settings across the city. Some examples of these are; within children and young peoples own homes or education settings such as special schools, mainstream schools and nurseries. The input that is required from our service will determine the best environment to see the child/young person.

How do we work?

Please see our service and ethos pages for further information on how we provide our input.

How can I access the service?

We have an open referral system which means that anyone who knows or works with a child or young person can refer to our service. This may include parents/carers, teachers, other health professionals, consultants, GP's etc. We do ask that if a professional is referring on behalf of a parent, they obtain consent from the parent/carer before the referral is sent to us. We cannot accept referrals where we do not have signed consent.

Please click on the link to access our referral form.

How to find us and our contact details

Please click on the following link to find our contact details and how to find us.

We hope that this information provides you with everything you need to understand what our service offers and how best we may be able to help the children and young people that you know. We look forward to working with you


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