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Children's Occupational Therapy


What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy within County Durham and Darlington helps children and young people to participate as fully as possible in daily activities.

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 be affected.

We see children and young people within a variety of settings, including nurseries, schools, special schools and their home.


Who we are

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 checks.

For further information on how to refer to our Occupational Therapy Service please go to the referral page.

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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".

Following 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 intervention.


Occupational Therapy Advice/Strategies

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"