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Children's Occupational Therapy (OT)

Occupational Therapists (OT's) provide a child centred, family orientated approach and will see children in a variety of settings most appropriate to them. We enable the child to reach their maximum developmental potential and gain independence in performing daily living activities. 

Provide support with: 

  • Self-care, leisure and productivity including dressing, feeding, play, access to the community and nurseries/schools 
  • Working with parents, carers and families to maximise the child's potential 
  • Specialist advice to families and schools 
  • Advising and educating parents, carers and schools 
  • Completion of My Support Plans and Educational Health Care plans following an assessment 
  • Specialist assessments which could include equipment, functional, pencil and perceptual skills 
  • Work alongside and closely with other professionals including, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, educational staff and other outside agencies (Wheelchair services and Adaptations service) 
  • Signpost to appropriate services or information that will be useful in supporting your child's development 

Within Kirklees, Children's OT services are provided differently depending upon where you live:

If you live in North Kirklees, this service is provided by Locala

If you live in South Kirklees, this service is provided by Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (CHT).

All About us:  

The Occupational Therapy team helps children and  young people to manage and maintain as much independence as possible within their daily living activities including self-care, play, leisure and school based skills.  

We work with children and families in the north Kirklees area (WF12-17, BD19, BD12 - Batley, Cleckheaton, Dewsbury, Liversedge, Heckmondwike, Ravensthorpe and Mirfield).

We provide support with:  

Self-care, leisure including dressing, feeding, play, access to the community and nurseries/schools. Specialist assessments which could include equipment, functional, pencil and perceptual skills.  

We assess a child’s ability and independence with dressing, feeding, play and their ability to physically get around their environment (school, nursery, home).  We carry out assessments for specialist equipment such as seating in school and at home, toilet seats and bath chairs.  We can identify why a child may be having difficulties documenting their school work and provide some suggestions or recommend small equipment (special pencils, scissors) to help with this.  We may see the child in clinic, school/nursery or at home. 

We work closely with other professionals including, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, educational staff and other outside agencies (Wheelchair services and Adaptations service)  

Who is this service for? 

For children aged 0-16 who need support, we see children in pre-school settings, mainstream and special schools in the north Kirklees area (WF12-17, BD19, BD12 - Batley, Cleckheaton, Dewsbury, Liversedge, Heckmondwike, Ravensthorpe and Mirfield).  

 It is beneficial if the parents/carer can attend the appointments in order for us to gain useful background information with regards to early development and current areas of difficulty.  It would be useful for a parent or carer to attend follow up appointments to discuss recommendations, equipment or therapy exercises. 

How to access what we do? 

We accept referrals from GP, consultants, and other health professionals, such as physiotherapy, speech & language therapists and community nurses. They will complete the online referral form.  

You will receive a letter for an appointment in clinic at the child development centre for assessment or phone/virtual appointment. Unfortunately we do not provide transport. The venue is wheelchair accessible, including a disabled toilet (you may need to ask for the access to the toilet). We do not have a changing places toilet but are planning to have a similar set up in the near future with hoisting. We do have a mobile hoist and can support changing in a clinic room. 

We work Monday to Friday 8-5, we do not cover weekends or bank holiday. 

Phone (single point of contact): 0300 304 5555. 

More information can be found on the Local Children's OT webpage (opens in new window)

We are a team of qualified Occupational Therapists and Therapy Assistants who provide a child centred, family orientated approach. We work with children who have a physical, functional or coordination difficulty that impacts on their activities of daily living at home or at school (for example dressing, writing, playing, eating).

We enable the child to reach their maximum developmental potential and gain independence in performing daily living activities by linking closely with families and other professionals.

What we do

We work in a variety of ways depending on the needs of the child. Our input may include any of the following:

  • working with parents, carers and families to manage their child’s condition
  • providing specialist functional assessments
  • assessing specialist equipment needs at home and in school
  • training others to carry out specific interventions
  • providing treatment programmes for functional problems
  • providing specialist advice to families and schools
  • providing therapy either individually or in groups
  • advising, training and educating parents, carers, schools and other healthcare professionals
  • providing written reports for statutory educational assessment

Where do we work?

Depending on the needs and age of the child, we work in a variety of settings including:

  • Home
  • School
  • Pre school setting
  • Child Development Centre
  • Children’s Therapy Department
  • Hospital

How do we access this service?

Referrals can be made by GP’s, Consultants, Health Visitors, Parents/Guardians, Schools, and other Health Professionals.

Referrals need to be made through the CHT Children's Therapy Services website (opens in a new window).

Parents wishing to refer their children directly may telephone the department on Halifax 01422 261 340, and Huddersfield 01484 344299

Last updated: 12/10/2020

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