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The Children’s Occupational Therapy (OT) service helps children and young people (CYP) participate in normal everyday activities such as play, participation in school/nursery as well as managing personal care (dressing, bathing, getting on and off the toilet and getting in and out of the bath).

We also support CYP by giving advice on adapting environments both at home and at school in order to make these safe and accessible. We want to help children and young people lead full and happy lives, to realise their potential and to take part as valued members of their community. We want to support a family to help their child.

The Occupational Therapists and support staff work as part of a multi-disciplinary/multi agency team to provide an integrated family centred approach to therapy provision.


The Royal College Of Occupational Therapy states that a person’s sensory issues must be considered in the context of their occupational engagement and performance in the relevant environment.  Goals/ outcomes must be clearly related to the occupational engagement, performance and participation of a person and intervention must be regularly reviewed for effectiveness.

Sensory strategies that can be used within the framework of Occupational Therapy models of practice aim to:

  • Manage (not change) the sensory needs of the person.
  • Management through adapting the environment, modifying the task or developing strategies to self-manage their sensory needs.

There is no specified level of qualification in sensory processing/integration specified or expected of occupational therapists by the Health and Care Professions Council, the regulator of occupational therapists in the UK.

Children’s Occupational Therapists have the skills to identify an individual’s sensory strengths and differences and their impact on daily activities as part of their assessment of a person’s occupational performance.


Ayres Sensory Integration Therapy (SIT) is a tool used by some occupational therapists to address a person’s sensory needs. SIT aims to change a person’s sensory processing through direct, intensive therapeutic input and is delivered by occupational therapists who have undertaken certified postgraduate training. The research evidence is inconclusive regarding the impact of SIT on daily life activities.

There continues to be much debate and controversy regarding Ayres sensory integration Therapy. Evidence for SIT remains largely anecdotal in nature and there remains little conclusive scientific evidence to support the use of SIT in the general population.

Therefore, in line with the strongest evidence base, we do not provide Ayres sensory integration.


Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is not included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (Fifth Edition); sensory differences are considered a symptom rather than a diagnosis. The Royal College of Occupational Therapy (RCOT) do not therefore support the use of SPD as a diagnostic label.

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We offer support to children, young people and their families through strategies, advice and goal setting tools available via our website.  If further help is required, a referral to our service can be made. 

Cambridgeshire Community Services does not provide a diagnostic service for developmental co-ordination disorder (often referred to as dyspraxia).


We see children and families in their home, in a clinic setting and in school/nursery.

We have bases in Cambridge, Huntingdon and Fenland.

Eligibility criteria

  • Children between 0-18 years old.
  • Children between 0-19 years if attending special school provision.

We offer support to children and young people who have difficulties with function and participation. 

Referral process:

We are a Specialist Service

Our website gives strategies and advice as well as on-line training which can be accessed by anyone. Should families require further help, our Referral Form and Guide For Referrers can be found on the contact page

Contact details

Families and professionals can continue to access up to date advice, support and services by calling us  Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm via:

0300 029 50 50

Postal address:  Occupational Therapy Admin, The Peacock Centre, Brookfields Hospital Campus, Mill Road, Cambridge.  CB1 3DF.   

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