What do we offer?

We offer an “assessment and advice” service to most of the young people referred to our service, working closely with the young person, their family and teachers to address the occupations that are most important and which present the greatest challenge to a young person in their everyday life. Ongoing therapy is provided by anyone who spends time with the child to achieve a 24/7 approach. This may include families, teachers and parents/carers. Advice and recommendations will continue to be provided in a full report following a child’s assessment.

Our involvement usually starts with a telephone assessment with the parent/carer. At the end of this initial assessment, the therapist and parent/carer will agree the priority goals and the next step which could be one or more of the following:

Advice and Strategies via post

Signposting or referral to other professionals or services

Workshop

parents/carers are invited to attend a workshop

Clinic Appointment

the young person is invited to attend a clinic appointment

School Visit

the therapist arranges a school/nursery observation

Home Visit

the therapist arranges a home visit

A therapist may also speak to the young person’s teacher prior to any of these appointments. At the end of an assessment, the occupational therapist will prepare a report which is sent to parents/carers, the young person’s GP and other professionals as agreed with parents/carers.

Children with physical disabilities

Some children with physical difficulties require specialist equipment in order to support them to access their everyday activiites. Many of the children we see for this have been referred to us by the Specialist Assessment Service

We work closely with colleagues in the Specialist Inclusion Support Service physical impairment team to support young people with physical disabilities in mainstream schools, recommending adaptations and adjustments to ensure young people are able to safely access their school environments.

As part of our role, we might also recommend specialist seating for school and/or home to make it easier for the young person to participate in their everyday activities, such as to write and draw, play, interact with friends and eat or drink. Note that we do not have funding to provide specialist seating, but will provide a letter to schools/social services explaining the cost and benefits of the chair for the individual. Once equipment has been provided, the occupational therapist will ensure this is set up for the young person and will provide training/support to ensure it is used safely.

Following the provision of specialist seating, a seating pack/information will be sent to school and home which contains information and important phone numbers such as the Physical Needs Occupational Therapist and the seating representative for a  child’s chair, as well as information on how the chair functions and minor adjustments you can make yourself as well as when to seek help.

Our service is not able to provide equipment and/or adaptations for home use other than that described above. This is instead offered by the Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council’s Occupational Therapy service.

Workshops

In some cases, parents/carers will be invited to attend a workshop if the therapist believes this is the most appropriate way to meet the young person’s needs. Workshops currently offered for parents is the ‘Understanding my Child’s Sensory Needs’.

Please contact us for further information about these workshops.

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