About our therapy services (CYPIT)
Changes to our services due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
If you are concerned you may have symptoms of coronavirus please follow the Government advice published on NHS Choices. Do not visit a GP practice, urgent care centre, or any of our services if you have symptoms.
You should only call NHS111 if you have a physical health concern. They will be able to direct you to the most appropriate service.
Only in a medical emergency should you contact 999 or attend the local A&E department.
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).
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.
In response to the pandemic and current situation The Children and Young People’s Integrated Therapies (CYPIT) service is having to work slightly differently. We continue to offer support via video/telephone call appointments and face to face visits where these are essential. If we have identified that your child needs our direct support, we will contact you to arrange appointments and/or make you aware of visits to see your child in school/nursery as relevant.
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
We continue to offer appointments in clinics, at home or in your child’s educational setting. We are following NHS guidance and will wear correct 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 above.
If your child/young person is not known to our service and/or currently waiting to access the service, please contact our Triage team for advice and support:
Triage opening hours are Monday 9am-1pm, Wednesday 12.30pm-4.30pm and Friday 9am-1pm.
If you would like some advice from your local early years’ speech and language therapy team (for pre-school children), you can also send an email to the team:
- Reading – ADMINREADING@berkshire.nhs.uk
- West Berkshire (Newbury) – ADMINNEWBURY@berkshire.nhs.uk
- Wokingham– ADMINBRWOK@berkshire.nhs.uk
- Bracknell - CYPITBRACKAdmin@berkshire.nhs.uk
- Slough – CYPITSLOUGHAdmin@berkshire.nhs.uk
- Windsor and Maidenhead – Please contact our Triage team as above for advice and support on 01189 740506 or alternatively complete our online referral form.
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.
School and PPE
Berkshire Healthcare will be working to ensure our teams can support school staff and the children and young people who are at school.
We need to ensure the safety of the children, the school staff, as well as our own staff, especially when considering we provide services across a number of different schools. To enable this, our staff will be wearing Personal Protective Equipment [PPE] when they come into the school.
Wearing PPE, carrying out careful hand hygiene and socially distancing where possible is part of our infection, prevention and control strategy, and will help to protect children and school staff and reduce the chance of spreading infections.
The PPE they wear will consist of a face mask, gloves and apron. This will be changed when moving between class bubbles and when having direct contact with an individual child. Staff may wear additional items of PPE such as goggles, specialist masks or gowns if they are unable to socially distance or if they need to carry out an intervention.
We recognise that our usage of PPE maybe different to that advised within the schools, but this is because we are travelling between schools and hope you can appreciate that we are aiming to maintain the utmost safety for all.
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
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.
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.