The Service offers assessment, advice, training and therapy to children and young people with physical difficulties.
Your therapist will help your child develop skills for everyday life. We understand the skills your child needs for self care, school work and play. We will work with you to identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses in order to help them develop skills for daily life.
Some areas we may assess include
- hand skills
- pencil skills
- and drinking.
Therapy may include activity programmes, individual sessions and assessment for equipment.
The occupational therapist will work closely with carers, health and education staff that are involved with your child in order to meet their needs, whether they are at home, school or nursery.
Using the service
The service does not accept direct referrals from parents or carers unless the child has been seen by the service in the last two years.
Request for assessment will be considered from your doctor (GP), other healthcare professional, a teacher or a social care professional. Form for schools and health professionals – Bromley childrens OT referral form July 2015
Requests should be sent to Children’s Occupational Therapy at the Phoenix Children’s Resource Centre.
Once a request has been received by the team a therapist will consider whether your child meets the service criteria. They will then write to you to tell you of the decision and next steps.
Who is the service for?
The service is for children aged 0 – 18. To use the service you need to have Bromley GP or attend a special school in Bromley Borough.
Your first appointment
On your first visit to see the Occupational Therapist, the receptionist at the Phoenix Centre will direct you to the waiting area The appointment will typically last from 1 to 1.5 hours, starting with a discussion with you and your child about your current concerns about their functional skills.
We will assess your child’s abilities and what their needs are. This may include the use of standardised tests, these are are formal tests with activities specifically designed for your child’s age.
At the end of your first appointment the Occupational Therapist will discuss their findings and whether further intervention is required. A report will be prepared which summarises the assessment that has been carried out and any recommendations to support your child. This report will be sent to you, your GP and whoever referred your child to this service. If your child attends a nursery, pre-school or school we will ask you if a copy of the report can be sent to them and to other professionals who may be involved with your child.
Recommendations for the future may include:
- Advice for use at home and for school
- Reports for other health and education services
- Assessment and recommendation of specialist equipment and/or adaptations
- Individual/group treatment sessions. This may be carried out by an occupational therapist or an occupational therapist assistant
Changing or cancelling an appointment
If you need to change or cancel an appointment with the service, please give as much notice as you can. You can contact us at the Phoenix Centre number shown on this page.
Occupational therapy aims to promote people’s health and wellbeing through their everyday activities. The College of Occupational Therapists describes it as a way of enabling people to “achieve as much as they can for themselves and get the most out of life. To read more ….
The British Association of Occupational Therapists and the College of Occupational Therapists
Provides useful videos and information of the services that Occupational Therapists can provide.There is a section for children and young people.
UK based charity for children and young people with hemiplegia
Local charity to support families with autism
Information and support for those with Cerebral Palsy
Additional Therapy services available for commissioning
The children’s occupational therapy service has a core, commissioned service for all children who meet the criteria for assessment and intervention. As with all public services, the core funding is limited and service provision is focused onto the babies, children and young people with the most complex needs where specialist support is predicted to make a significant difference.
Many education settings in Bromley have welcomed additional levels of therapy support from Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy. The team can provide additional therapy services into educational establishments that have been separately commissioned. Examples include:
Training sessions for staff on topics such as:
- Fine motor skill development
- Developmental co-ordination difficulties
- Understanding sensory difficulties
- Sensory circuits
- Development of handwriting skills
- Direct one to one OT interventions
- Therapy groups
- Assessments to provide advice on skill development for children not meeting service criteria