Occupational Therapy within County Durham and Darlington helps
children and young people to participate as fully as possible in
We work with children and young people from birth up to 19 years
of age who have difficulties or a disability which affects their
ability to carry out everyday tasks.
Occupational Therapists (OTs) help children and young people to
carry out the things 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
We see children and young people within a variety of settings,
including nurseries, schools, special schools and their home.
Our staff group is made up of qualified Occupational Therapists,
Occupational Therapy Assistants and Therapy Assistant Practitioners
working across County Durham and Darlington. All qualified OT's are
registered with the Health and Care Professions
Council (HCPC) and have the required enhanced DBS
For further information on how to refer to our Occupational
Therapy Service please go to the referral
Investing in Children (IiC) is a UK initiative
that promotes the human rights of children and young people.
The Investing in Children Membership Award™ Scheme recognises
and celebrates examples of imaginative and inclusive practice with
children and young people.
The Children's Occupational Therapy Service have been awarded
the "Investing in Children Membership Award",
which celebrates dialogue between children and the services they
engage in, in order to bring about positive change and
improvements. The award identified that the Children's Occupational
Therapy Service "promote positive reinforcement, are interactive,
and focussed on the needs and interests of the children and young
people" and highlighted the importance the team placed on engaging
with children and young people "as equals and listening and
responding to their voice".
a Referral to Occupational Therapy
The service will provide different levels of intervention
dependent on referred need. This can be one of the following:
Universal Intervention - Verbal advice provided
during a telephone conversation, with signposting to relevant
information and services.
Targeted Intervention - Initial strategies and
advice will be given over the telephone or where appropriate either
an Occupational Therapist or OT Assistant will be allocated to the
child to make contact with the parent or the school to initiate
intervention at home or school.
Specialist Intervention - The Occupational
Therapist will identify the need for a more detailed assessment and
will where necessary provide specialist therapeutic
There are a number of excellent resources available on the
internet and therefore our Occupational Therapy service has brought
together some 'Top Tips' for our families and
schools. This is continually being developed.
In addition, there are a number of community resources available
across the three CCG areas and some of those we feel will be useful
to you are included on our Links page.
"I couldn't ask for a better service that my child receives"