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Operating as part of the Integrated Children’s Additional Needs (ICAN) Service, 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 want to help children and young people do the things that are important to them, like 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 wellbeing.

Who's it for?

We work with 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.

What we offer 

  • We will listen to you and your child about your concerns and what is important to you.

  • We will set goals with you and, if possible, your child about what you both want to achieve. We can also get school involved if that’s important to your goals and concerns.

  • We will talk through your usual daily routines and all the things you do. This helps us to come up with recommendations and an action plan that fits with your day-to-day life.

  • We might watch your child doing things in real life, at home or in school. This helps us to understand what might need to change to help your child achieve his or her goals.

  • We will make a plan about what will happen next to help you and your child achieve the goals.

Your child’s episode of care will be closed when:

  • You and your child have achieved your goals or your plan for working on your goals is in place
  • You no longer want to have occupational therapy input
  • You have not attended appointments or contacted the service

You can contact us again in the future if you need more support. 

Referrals

Please view the ICAN referrals page 

Tel: 0113 8433620

9:00am - 5:00pm Monday - Friday

Our staff operate a citywide service but operate out of three main health centres:

St. George’s Centre
St. George’s Rd
Middleton
LS10 4UZ

Tel: 0113 8432000

Wortley Beck Health Centre
Lower Ring Rd
Wortley
LS12 5SG

Tel: 0113 8438000

Reginald Centre
263 Chapeltown Rd
LS7 3EX

Tel: 0113 8435700 

Families can come and see us in these health centres or be seen in their own homes and school and nursery settings.

Useful links 

CanChild research centre

Hemihelp for advice on a Hemiplegia

The William Merritt Centre

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