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Occupational therapy (Bedfordshire and Luton)

What we do

The Bedfordshire and Luton paediatric occupational therapy service offers assessment and intervention as indicated for difficulties with functional skills due to motor difficulties.

Occupational therapists treat the specific problems of children with poor gross and fine motor co-ordination and visual perceptual difficulties where they have a significant impact on activities of daily living skills; and where difficulties are not associated solely to a generally delayed presentation.  Activities of daily living skills include: washing, dressing, eating toileting, play and leisure activities and accessing the school curriculum i.e. the ability to participate in school lessons or move around the school building.

We provide assessment, advice and treatment where appropriate. 

We also provide assessment and recommendations with regards to classroom seating, where additional postural support is required, along with recommendations for additional equipment and small aids to enable the young person to access the school environment and curriculum.

Click on the links to access our pages on:

Our Sensory Processing Awareness Training is also available to listen or read a transcript in your native language - click here.

To accompany the video we have produced some helpful literature - click on the links below to access:

Further information about help for children with special educational needs and disabilities can also be found on the Central BedfordshireBedford Borough and Luton Local Offer pages. 

To find out more about the Bedford Borough Local Offer training sessions please click here.

Click on the links to can read our latest Service Statement and accompanying Strategies.  The strategy document that accompanies the service statement has been taken from the Bedford Borough Local Offer page.

How can we help?

Our paediatric occupational therapists will assess the child’s present ability and discuss the next stage of therapy; providing activity advice and strategies where appropriate.  This aims to help the child attain the highest possible quality of life through purposeful play and activities.

Our therapists work with the child in partnership with their parents and carers to formulate a treatment plan.  We encourage nursery and school settings, where appropriate, to follow a treatment programme between appointments.  We support staff to understand the objectives behind the activities and feel confident in implementing the programme activities.  Therapy mainly takes place at Redgrave Children and Young People’s Centre (Luton) or the Child Development Centre (Kempston); where therapists may see a child for individual or group sessions.  The frequency of sessions will vary according to the child’s needs. 

We work closely with other professionals including physiotherapists, and where appropriate will see your child jointly, to provide assessment, advice and treatment.   Paediatric Physiotherapy Services are run by Bedford Hospitals NHS Trust - more information can be found by clicking on the link.

After occupational therapy assessment or a period of intervention, outcomes are evaluated and a clinically led decision is made in partnership with the parents/carers regarding the child’s needs.  This may involve further advice, direct face to face interventions, discharge and/or referral onto other relevant services/agencies.

Sensory differences can contribute to difficulties taking part in everyday activities in different environments such as getting dressed or eating, handwriting or going to the park. 

How to contact our service

How to be referred

We accept referrals from GPs, health professionals, SENDCos, the early years support team and the sensory and communication team.  We do not accept self-referrals or parental referrals., but the referral forms for professionals can be found in the document list at the bottom of the page entitled 'OT referral form',

Where our service is based

Redgrave Children & Young People’s Centre

Redgrave Garden’s, Luton, LU3 3QN

Phone: 01582 708141

Email: ccs.beds.childrens.redgrave.ot@nhs.net

(For South Beds, Central Bedfordshire and Luton)

Child Development Centre

Kempston, Hill Rise, MK42 7EB

Phone: 01234 310278

Email: ccs.beds.childrens.cdc.ot@nhs.net

(For North Beds and Bedford Borough)

Which area do I come under - click on the links above to find out which area your postcode is in.

Usual hours of operation:

Redgrave Children and Young People’s Centre, Luton: 07:30 – 16:30

Child Development Centre, Kempston: 08:30 – 17:00

Additional information
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OT Referral FormDOC412.50 KB25 Mar, 2021 Download
OT Service StatementPDF164.88 KB10 Aug, 2021 Download
OT Service Statement StrategiesPDF168.72 KB10 Aug, 2021 Download
0511 - Paed OT - A Guide for ParentsPDF1.91 MB28 May, 2020 Download
0533 - Does your child have difficulties with co-ordinationPDF1.54 MB11 Aug, 2021 Download
0583 - EquipmentPDF2.13 MB11 Aug, 2021 Download
0587 - Messy PlayPDF2.72 MB11 Aug, 2021 Download
0588 - Dressing SkillsPDF2.11 MB11 Aug, 2021 Download
0589 - Key Board SkillsPDF1.85 MB11 Aug, 2021 Download
0590 - Fine Motor SkillsPDF1.87 MB11 Aug, 2021 Download
0591 - Toilet SkillsPDF1.80 MB11 Aug, 2021 Download
0592 - Hand Writing SkillsPDF2.24 MB28 May, 2020 Download
0713 - Sensory Strategies - DressingPDF1.26 MB11 Aug, 2021 Download
0714 - Sensory Strategies - EatingPDF1.17 MB11 Aug, 2021 Download
0715 - Sensory Strategies - GroomingPDF1.17 MB11 Aug, 2021 Download
0716 - Sensory Strategies - Hair BrushingPDF2.55 MB11 Aug, 2021 Download
0717 - Sensory Strategies - PlayPDF1.33 MB11 Aug, 2021 Download
0718 - Sensory Strategies - Teeth brushingPDF1.17 MB11 Aug, 2021 Download
0719 - Sensory Strategies - toilet trainingPDF1.17 MB11 Aug, 2021 Download
0720 - Sensory Strategies - WashingPDF1.17 MB11 Aug, 2021 Download
0721 - Sensory Strategies - What is a sensory dietPDF1.24 MB11 Aug, 2021 Download
0722 - Creating a sensory bagPDF1.18 MB11 Aug, 2021 Download
0723 - Sensory Strategies - Calming and AlertingPDF1.38 MB11 Aug, 2021 Download
0724 - Sensory Circuits - Info for teachersPDF2.49 MB11 Aug, 2021 Download
0725 - Sensory Circuits - In ClassPDF1.74 MB11 Aug, 2021 Download
0726 - Sensory Circuits - Sensory Motor Tools for the ClassroomPDF2.47 MB11 Aug, 2021 Download
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The staff are wonderful; the receptionists were polite and efficient, the nurses I have seen, were incredible.