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Children’s Occupational Therapy

Our occupational therapists support children and young people who may experience difficulties carrying out and participating in activities of everyday life, for example their self-care, school work or play.

Your care

Our team includes occupational therapists and occupational therapy technical instructors.

We work with children and young people from birth to 18 years of age, assessing your health, education and social care needs to maximize your independence and learning both at home and school.

Our occupational therapists can advise on strategies to support and develop you in tasks such as dressing, feeding, bathing, toileting and fine motor skills. In order to meet your child’s needs, we may advise and recommend equipment or adaptations to promote safety and independence in their home and school environment.

We work closely with other professionals involved in your care to support your family across a variety of settings including home, nursery, school and respite facilities.

What to expect

We will assess you depending on your needs which may include environmental assessments (at home and school), observations during play, structured work time during lessons and completion of tasks. Where appropriate we may do these as joint visits with other health, social and education practitioners.

Following an assessment, treatment plans can include one or more of the following:

  • One to one support from an occupational therapist or occupational therapy technical instructor. This will include advice, strategies and information to be used in daily life.
  • A plan of agreed individual targets and goals including your parents or carers and other professionals who support you.
  • Specialist assessment of need for equipment and adaptations
  • Involvement in local authority statutory assessment and procedures for children with special educational needs including contribution to individual Education, Health and Care Plans
  • Liaison with your parents / carers and professionals involved in your care.

We provide short term care to meet the needs identified with you and your family when a child or young person is referred, once completed you will be discharged from the service. Should your needs change  you can be referred back into the service at any time.

Patient information leaflets

Here are the latest advice sheets for families and professionals who support your child.

Fine motor skills pack

Movement matters

Ready to engage and learn

Ready to write

Self care skills

Preparing for adulthood

When a young person is between 16 and 18 and has complex ongoing and changing physical needs which continue to make it difficult to carry out and participate in every day life we will work with you to identify any support you might need when you leave school. We will work with you, your family and those professionals involved in supporting you to plan and prepare and, if necessary, a referral will be made to Adult Occupational Therapy or other services for further support.

Your appointment

How to access the service

All children and young people will be seen within 18 weeks. We operate a priority system for all new referrals.  Any urgent referrals, for example, supporting children discharged from hospital and moving and handling difficulties, will be seen within 10 working days.

Referrals are usually made by a healthcare professional. See below for further details based on where you live.


Contact us

You can contact us Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5.00pm. If we are in a clinic you can leave us a message on our answer phone and we will call you back.


Children’s Physical Disability Occupational Therapy Service
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Child Health
Woodhorn Lane
NE63 9JJ
Tel: 01670 564 050

North Tyneside 

Children’s Occupational Therapy Service
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Riverside Centre
Minton Lane
North Shields
Tyne & Wear
NE29 6DQ
Tel: 0191 6434160

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