Our mission is to support children and young people with disabilities to participate in everyday activities and situations at home, school and in the community.
We are committed to working in partnership with children, young people and families. We want to help children and young people do the things that are important to them, like doing leisure activities with friends and family, taking care of themselves and joining in and learning in school. We believe that supporting children and young people to participate in everyday life is an important part of their health and well-being.
The service is used by children and young people with conditions such as cerebral palsy, autism or developmental co-ordination disorder. However, many of the children and young people we support do not have a medical diagnosis. Our occupational therapy colleagues in Leeds Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust support children and young people with neuromuscular conditions, juvenile arthritis and brain injuries.
Children and young people who live in Leeds, go to nursery or school in Leeds and/or have a Leeds GP can access the service. We are sometimes asked to support children and young people who attend a Leeds school but live in a different town such as Bradford (or vice versa). In these situations, we decide with the family, school and local services how we can best organise occupational therapy support.
- Techniques to practice at home
- Coaching you or your child’s teacher to use a different approach
- Coming to a group or individual sessions to practice things with other children and a therapist
- Adapting the environment e.g. using equipment to make it easier to do things
- We will work closely with your child’s physiotherapist, speech and language therapist, teacher or any other practitioner supporting your child#
We are a team of occupational therapists, a support worker and an administrator. All our occupational therapists are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). We have student occupational therapists working in our service for most of the year. A student therapist may be present at your appointment, but please do tell us if you would prefer not to have a student present.
We need to know your child’s name, date of birth, address, and nursery or school; your name and contact details as the parent or main carer; and the names and contact details of any other carers. We also need to know you and your child’s language or method of communication. It helps us to know the names of other professionals supporting you and your child
If you are accessing the service through a team assessment at the Child Development Centre, you will wait no longer than 18 weeks from when the team receive your child’s referral
If you are accessing the school-age service, you will wait no longer than 12 weeks from when the team receive your child’s referral
Our core hours are 8:30am-5pm. We know it is important to be flexible for families and we will be flexible whenever we can
We will stay involved with your child until:
“It is quite obvious the amount of time and effort that goes into each appointment that your service gives and the appointments themselves are of a very high quality. I would have no hesitation in recommending your service to anyone who might benefit from it”
“Setting goals identified areas that both [child’s name] and us as parents thought would cause worry and problems at high school. This also helped to address the problem areas before they became an issue.”
If you have used this service in the past, and would like to provide us with feedback as part of the NHS “Friends and Family Test” (FFT) please select one of the links below:
To access and complete the FFT click here >
To access and complete the FFT Easy read version click here >
If you are a parent carer you can access and complete the FFT by click here >
The information you provide will be used to inform how better we can deliver the service.