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Occupational Therapy OT

RBWM Children and Young People Disability Service provides Occupational Therapy needs assessments in the home for children and young people with disabilities aged 0 - 18 years.  Young people with Learning Disability can have their health needs, including OT needs, met by CTPLD (Optalis). Young adults with Physical Disability who are transitioning can be picked up by OT’s in Optalis' Physical Disabilities and Older People's team.

This involves carrying out an assessment of a child or young person’s needs in the home to help the child or young person to achieve their potential in every day life skills.   Some types of equipment are available through the service to ease accessibility in children's homes in terms of sleeping, bathing, toileting, seating, feeding and communicating.

Occasionally there is a need for assessment to consider an alteration to the home environment, which involves an application for a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG).  The Occupational Therapist also liaises with Housing Associations regarding appropriate housing for a family's needs.

See also information about Occupational Therapy​ provided by health professionals in Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust.

What are the eligibility criteria for your service?

Access to Occupational Therapy depends on an assessment of need carried out by the Children and Young People Disability Service. 

If you would like to make a new referral for services, please contact the The Single Point of Access

Families who are receiving ongoing services from the Children and Young People Disability Service can also continue to contact their worker directly.

Assessments are based on a child's young person medical report/ diagnosis

The service operates from 8.45-5.15 Mondays to Thursdays and 8.45-4.45 on Fridays. Outside these hours the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) provides an emergency social work service to help with any personal or family problems that reach a crisis during the night, at weekends or bank holidays which can't wait until the next day. EDT can be contacted on 01344 786543. If you consider a child is in immediate danger, phone Police emergency number on 999.

All staff within the Children and Young People Disability Service have an enhanced DBS (previously known as CRB) check. All staff also undertake targeted safeguarding children training, which is updated on a regular basis.