Children and Young people's NHS Occupational Therapy
What is occupational therapy? Occupational therapists help children and young people improve their ability to take part in everyday activities (’occupations’). These occupations may include self-care tasks, play and leisure activities, and taking part in school life. Occupational therapists work closely with the child or young person, parents and teachers, with the aim of helping the child to participate as fully as possible in their chosen occupations.
- Completing self-care tasks (like bathing, brushing teeth, getting dressed or eating)
- Taking part in daily school life (like using a pencil or scissors, joining PE lessons, or organising their school equipment and work)
- Engaging in leisure and play activities (like riding a bicycle, swinging on a swing, drawing and colouring, or playing with Lego)
To use the service, children must live within the borough of Enfield or be registered with an Enfield GP. They must be aged 0 to 18 years old. Unfortunately, we are not commissioned to see children who attend an Enfield school but don’t live in the borough nor have an Enfield GP. These children need to be referred to their home borough’s NHS occupational therapy service. Referrals for home equipment or housing adaptations need to go to Enfield Local Authority Occupational Therapy Team. Some special schools in Enfield employ for their own school occupational therapist. Please check this with your school.
How to access our service, Referrals to children’s occupational therapy are accepted from:
- Registered health professionals (for example, paediatricians, GPs, health visitors, school nurses, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists)
- School SENCOs.
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The page was last updated on 14 January 2021