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About our therapy services (CYPIT)

We support you and your children (up to the age of 19) with occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and speech and language therapy to help you achieve the outcomes you want.

We offer support via face-to-face visits in clinics, home and educational settings and online/telephone consultation where appropriate. We continue to follow NHS guidance and will wear appropriate PPE for any face to face contacts.

If you have a scheduled appointment with one of our teams and either you or a member of your family have symptoms of Covid-19, please call to reschedule your appointment on one of the contact numbers below.

If your child/young person is already known to our service and you have a query, concern, or need advice, or you need to cancel/re-arrange a scheduled appointment, please call your local administration team:

  • East Berkshire (Slough, Bracknell, Windsor and Maidenhead): 0300 365 0123 (Option 2)
  • Reading:                                       0300 3654000
  • Wokingham:                                01189 495093
  • West Berkshire (Newbury):       01635 273706 

If you would like some advice from your local early years’ speech and language therapy team (for pre-school children), you can also email the team: 

Please include your child’s name and date of birth or NHS number in the email so that we can access your child’s records, along with the best telephone number to contact you on. It is also helpful if you can let us know the best day(s) to contact you. We aim for all families to be called back by a speech and language therapist within a few weeks, but it can take longer if lots of requests have been received.

Our therapists take into account the specific needs of you and your child.

We ask you about the difficulties they’re having, and how they impact your daily lives. We then work with you to agree practical and realistic aims, and decide how we’ll work together to reach them.

Our therapy teams work together with your family, education staff and other professionals to set and reach goals that are important for your child.

As well as providing one-to-one or group therapy for your child, we can:

  • Provide training and advice for parents/carers and other people supporting your child
  • Design programmes of activities
  • Recommend specialist equipment if it’s needed

Occupational therapy

We help children and young people perform everyday activities, become as independent as possible, and interact with others and the world around them.

The children who use our service find things like dressing, feeding, handwriting, socialising and play difficult. This could be due to a problem with their fine motor skills, co-ordination skills, perception skills and/or sensory processing (the ability to make sense of the world around them). We also provide advice, and recommendations for equipment such as splints, sensory strategies, adapted cutlery, writing aids, specialist seating and switches.

Physiotherapy

Our specialists assess and treat children and young people who have difficulties that affect their movement and physical development. 

We work with you and your child to achieve goals that are functional, meaningful and important for your child. Our specialists help to develop gross motor skills, and provide advice on postural needs, mobility (including walking) and specialist equipment such as seating, standing equipment, mobility aids and splints.

Speech and language therapy

We work with children and young people who have difficulties with speech, language or communication difficulties and their families to develop the skills they need to learn, play, say what they want, need and think and socialise with others.  In some cases, speech and language therapists also work with children experiencing eating and drinking difficulties.

We can support children and young people who find it difficult to produce the sounds needed for clear speech, understand what is being said to them, or express themselves using the right words and sentences.

We can also help with social communication skills and interacting with others, as well as specific conditions such as stammering or hearing impairment.

 

There are different referral criteria depending on which service you require so it is important that you read the referral criteria before contacting us, so that we can be sure your enquiry is directed to the right place.

As well as the services offered by our therapy teams, there are alternative services and groups running in your local area. These are good sources of information and ideas to help you support your child’s development, especially in the early years. These are likely to include your child’s nursery, local children’s centre or local library. Take a look at the Local Offer for your area.