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Occupational therapy (Bedfordshire and Luton)

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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 environment and curriculum.

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

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

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.

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.  Please click on this link for information and strategies to help with sensory differences.  

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 below:

CDC Bedfordshire referral form

Redgrave Gardens Luton referral form

Where our service is based

Redgrave Children & Young People’s Centre

Redgrave Garden’s, Luton, LU3 3QN

Phone: 01582 708141

(For south Central Bedfordshire and Luton children)

Child Development Centre

Kempston, Hill Rise, MK42 7EB

Phone: 01234 310278

(For north Central Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough children)

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 links and information

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.  Please click on this link for information and strategies to help with sensory differences.  

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