Children and Young People’s Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapists work with children, young people and their families to help them be more independent with everyday activities, such as self-care, schoolwork and play. Occupational Therapists work in a variety of places such as clinics, schools and at home.
The aim of the service is to provide assessment, intervention and advice for children and young people to help them to participate as fully as possible in daily life activities.
The Occupational Therapy (OT) service supports children and young people with additional needs and their families when it is challenging for them to do day to day tasks, such as, handwriting or dressing themselves on their own.
Who can be referred:
- The child or young people must be registered with a Manchester GP
- Aged between 0-18 or 19 if in a specialist school
- The child or young person has functional difficulties that are having a significant impact on them and are not in line with the child or young person’s developmental stage
- The child or young person is experiencing sensory processing difficulties that are impacting on at least two functional areas of daily living
We provide support for parents/carers in following strategies and in carrying out activities for home and school. The OT service will work in partnership with health professionals and other services who are also working with the child or young person, such as a child’s school or nursery setting.
Who can refer to the service?
- Health professionals working for the Children’s Community Health Service who have active involvement with the child
- Occupational Therapists
- Hospital paediatricians
If a child or young person has previously been known to the Occupational Therapy service, referrals can be made from:
- Parents or carers
How to refer to the service
- By EMIS internal referral – for Manchester Local Care Organisation staff only
- By email to Referrals.email@example.com
- By post to Baguley Clinic, Hall Lane, Baguley, Manchester M23 1NA
Email and postal referrals must be on a children and young people’s service referral form – download the Occupational Therapy Referral and Intervention Guidelines and Referral Form here.
Children and Young People’s Therapy Centre
48 Blackwin Street
Phone: 0161 230 0301
Phone: 0161 445 1259
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.
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Page last reviewed: December 2023
Next review due: December 2024