Our occupational therapists help children and young people who experience difficulties in carrying out and participating in activities of every day life, for example, their self care, school work and play.


The service works with children and young people from birth up to 18 years of age, and will assess their needs across health, education and social care to maximise their independence and access to their learning.

This includes assessment and treatment of children who have complex health and neurological conditions, developmental co-ordination disorder, learning difficulties and supporting children following a hospital admission to enable a safe discharge home.

Our occupational therapists may advise on strategies to develop children and young people’s fine and gross motor skills in self-care tasks such as dressing, feeding, bathing and toileting. 

They may advise and recommend equipment or adaptations to promote safety and independence within a child’s home and school environment. We work closely with other professionals involved in a child’s care to support their family across a variety of settings including home, nursery, school and respite facilities.

How to access the service

Referrals to the service can be made by any medical professionals, for example, GP, paediatrician, physiotherapist, speech and language therapist and social workers.

In addition in North Tyneside referrals can be made by education.

How to contact us:

Our occupational therapy services are based at:

Children’s occupational therapy service
 Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Riverside Centre                                                                                          
Minton Lane
North Shields
Tyne & Wear
Tel: 0191 6434160

Children’s physical disability occupational therapy service
 Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Child health
Woodhorn Lane
NE63 9JJ
Tel: 01670 564 050


Useful links

Muscular Dystrophy Campaign


Dyspraxia Foundation

Dyslexia Institute

Disability North Newcastle