We support you and your children (up to the age of 19) with occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and specialist dietetic services to help you achieve the outcomes you want.
Please follow Government advice published at http://nhs.uk/coronavirus
Do not visit a GP practice, urgent care centre, or any of our services if you have symptoms.
We are aware that this will be a worrying time for you and for your family. We are doing all we can to keep our CYPF services running while also keeping you and our staff safe. However, please be aware that due to the impact of COVID-19 we will be prioritising urgent appointments and referrals and some services will be disrupted, postponed or delivered differently (via phone or video link where possible).
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:
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.
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.
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.
Our specialist dietitians offer advice on feeding and nutrition for children who might not be able to eat all the nutrients they need.
We support children who need to be fed through a tube, and families who need advice about supplementing the food their child takes in through their mouth (orally) to ensure they grow properly.
Working closely with the speech and language therapy team, we help children with complex needs move from tube to oral feeding safely, and decide on the best type of food based on their feeding skills.
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.
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