Coming to clinic

Coming to clinic

Coming to clinic - Occupational Therapy

Information about your child's first appointment


The appointment
Your child has been referred for an occupational therapy assessment due to concerns about the development of their functional life skills, which may be limited by coordination difficulties, learning difficulties, physical disability or illness.

We work with children to help improve their function and encourage independence to an appropriate level for their abilities in the areas of self care (eating, toileting and dressing), school work and leisure activities.

We will help you understand why your child is having difficulties, and will give you ideas and activities to help you and your child manage and improve these. We may also be able to recommend useful pieces of equipment that will increase your child's independence.

We are able to help children who have difficulties in:

  • Hand function and development of fine motor skills (handwriting, cutting, drawing)

  • Coordination and development of gross motor skills (walking, running, jumping)

  • Self care skills (using cutlery, getting dressed)

  • Processing sensory information (sound, touch, movement) making it difficult to concentrate and engage in activities

We also see children with physical disabilities and can provide advice, treatment and recommendations for specialist equipment.

The assessment
Your first appointment may last for up to one and a half hours and will take place in a local clinic. Your therapist will spend time getting to know you and your child, and will use a play based approach to engage your child in different activities to assess their functional skills.

Please bring your completed parent questionnaire with you to the assessment. Please also bring any relevant information with you, for example any reports or education plans.

Together you and your therapist will agree targets, strategies and activities which you can begin to work on at home

What happens once the assessment is complete?
It may be that you and your therapist agree that your child does not need to be seen again.

If your child needs further help, the therapist will recommend the best way of providing this for your child. This may be through a home, nursery or school programme or sometimes group or individual work.

A written report will be sent out to you and other people who work with your child (such as their school or nursery) so they understand your child's difficulties and can help support them.

Once the treatment pathway is complete, your child will be discharged from the service. If any new difficulties arise, they can be re-referred.

Keeping appointments
There are many children waiting for an occupational therapy assessment.
If you are unable to keep an appointment please phone 020 8915 6424, please let the department know beforehand and they will rearrange the appointment. If you do not contact the department before your appointment, and you do not attend, your child will be discharged from the service.

Important information
Your child must be accompanied to the clinic for any appointment by a parent or responsible adult who has parental consent.

The accompanying adult must remain on the clinic premises for the duration of all appointments, (initial appointments, regular appointments or group appointments).

Therapists often have students working with them and you would be asked for consent before a student works with your child. Please let your dietitian know if you do not consent to your child being seen by a student. This will not affect the care which you and your child receive.

Therapists work in accordance with the 'Working Together to Safeguard Children' guide 2015.

Green Wrythe Lane Clinic is on the roundabout with the entrance door on Middleton Road, opposite the parade of shops. Parking in nearby roads is available, and the Physiotherapy reception is on the first floor of the clinic.

Green Wrythe Lane Clinic

Through the door and up the stairs

The 1st Floor Waiting Room

My OT will be wearing

The Clinic Room