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Children’s Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists work with children to help them achieve their maximum level of function in all aspects of their daily life and help to promote health and wellbeing.

About this service

 The service works in partnership with families and other professionals (such as school staff and health professionals) to support to children achieve their maximum level of independence in functional activities. 

Occupational therapists will help children and their parents to build skills in:

  • Self-care skills – dressing toileting  bathing drinking feeding

  • School activities – handwriting, concentration in class and participation in the school day.

  • Play and leisure activities playing with toys, cycling with the family, playing outdoor games using a computer.

What you can expect from this service

Referrals are triaged and an appointment will be arranged with parents/carers to discuss their concerns and issues.

The occupational therapists will discuss strategies, programmes and interventions specific to that individual child and their family.

Observations and assessments of the child  may take place in a variety of settings such as home, school, or clinic settings.

Who is in the team?

The team comprises occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and admin staff.

Age range covered

0-19

Eligibity criteria

Children and young people registered with a Gateshead GP

How to be seen by this service

Referrals can be from GPs or other Health Professionals, local education staff and social workers.

Referral forms are available from the service by contacting 0191 433 5058.

When is this service available?

Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm

Useful resources

School For Fidgets - a short video

Call us on 0191 482 0000

In emergencies dial 999 / Non-emergencies dial 111

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