Children’s Occupational Therapy

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The Children’s Occupational Therapy Team provides a service to children from birth to 19 years of age (if in full time education) who reside or attend school in the Wakefield area. 

About our service

The Children’s Occupational Therapy Team provides a service to children from birth to 19 years of age (if in full time education) who reside or attend school in the Wakefield area. 

Our aim is to provide assessment and therapy to children whose ability to play, participate in the school day and self care is affected by illness, disability or other specific developmental difficulty. Our role also extends to making recommendations about the physical management and environment that is needed for our client group in order to increase independence whilst reducing demand on care givers.

Service provision takes place in the ward, occupational therapy department, local children's centres, mainstream and special schools or nursery and the child’s home. We work closely with colleagues in health, education and Social Services.


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Where are we based?

The teams are based in the individual Children's Centres within Pinderfields Hospital and Pontefract Hospital. The centres comprise of Children’s Outpatients and the Therapy Services. The Therapy services are made up of occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech and language therapists.

Conditions treated

The service is available for all children whose functional development is affected by either an acute or chronic condition.  Consequently we are required to have a broad knowledge base of both conditions affecting childhood and effective interventions.

Referral criteria

Referrals are accepted for children with functional needs through the child’s consultant, GP or school medical officer. If the children or young people have been seen previously they can self refer back into the service.   The child’s level of need for the service is discussed and the child may be placed on our waiting list.  Children must reside or attend school in the Wakefield district.

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Specialist interventions offered by the Team

Our assessments are designed to meet the presenting needs of the child and frequently fit within a neurodevelopmental or biomechanical framework. Through discussion with the child, young person and parents, client centred goals are identified.
Occupational performance areas assessed include:

  • Self care
  • Productivity
  • Play
  • Specific areas of assessment
  • Developmental levels
  • Gross motor skills
  • Fine motor skills
  • Visual motor integration
  • Visual perception
  • Sensory integration
  • Neurodevelopmental interventions
  • 24 hour postural care
  • Assessment of the home environment
  • Moving and handling assessment and provision of advice and appropriate equipment
  • Treatment to address a specific area of need (for example, writing, feeding, dressing)
  • Occasional assessment and provision of orthosis where this is part of the presenting condition.

An individual treatment plan is then designed to meet achievable goals for the child or carer within current service provision.

Learning and development

The team holds regular in-service training sessions and also has a supervision structure which facilitates learning through joint working and observations. We are committed to exploring the evidence base for our interventions.

Additionally on a weekly basis we discuss articles of interest and undertake a task analysis of the equipment used in treatment.