Who does the Hillingdon Paediatric Occupational Therapy Service support?

The service offers support to children and young people aged 0-18 years old (up to 19 if in a Special Education Needs setting). We help children and young people who have significant difficulties due to a physical, motor or sensory based need that has an impact on their independence and ability to participate in everyday activities (occupations), such as play.

We can help with the following:

  • Self care: dressing skills, using cutlery, eating a meal, washing, brushing teeth/hair and more
  • Productivity: handwriting, using tools and materials in the classroom, following school routines, attending to tasks, adopting self-regulating behaviours, participating in PE lessons and more
  • Leisure and play: Playing sports, shopping with friends, carrying out hobbies, playing age-appropriate games such as riding a bike, completing puzzles and more.

We work in partnership with parent/carers(s), nurseries/schools and other professionals involved in helping children and young people with their functional difficulties.

What is our role?

1. Assessment of the child/young person's skills and environment

  • Assess and identify the child/young person's strengths and areas of difficulties in everyday activities
  • Identifying priorities and collaborative goal setting with the child/young person and their family
  • Recommend appropriate interventions to support the child/young person dependent on their strengths and needs
  • Work with the child/young person, their families/carers, nurseries and schools to jointly identify how best to support the child/young person to participate at home, in school and within their community.

2. Therapy interventions

A child/young person's participation in every activities may be supported in the following ways:

  • Advice, training and coaching for parent/carer(s)
  • Signposting to other services, such as physiotherapy and CAMHS
  • Access to occupational therapy groups run by a member of the team
  • Individual sessions with a member of the occupational therapy team.

3. Provision of equipment

  • We assess for and provide seating and bathing equipment for the home environment for 0 to three years old. Any child over three years with home equipment needs should be referred to social care directly. This service can be contacted on 01895 556633 or you can email socialcaredirect@hillingdon.gov.uk
  • We assess for and recommend seating/equipment on behalf of the Early Years Inclusion Team (EYIT). The EYIT provide the equipment for children in early years setting (private nurseries and childminders)
  • We assess for and recommend seating/equipment for schools and provide quotes for them to purchase their own equipment (school nurseries, primary schools and secondary schools - mainstream only)
  • The above equipment is reviewed by our Occupational Therapy Service every six months.

4. Hand assessment/splinting

  • These clinics are for children and young people with neurological conditions, neuromuscular conditions, hypermobility and arthritic conditions
  • Hand assessment/splinting clinics are run twice a month. This involves an assessment and then possible provision of splints as well as reviews of existing splints and activity programmes.

5. Statutory assessments

  • The Occupational Therapy Service, as required, contributes to the multi-professional statutory assessment process. This is when children/young people known to the service undergo a statutory assessment of their Special Educational Needs (SEN), which may lead to an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP)
  • Our service provides Occupational Therapy Provision stated in the EHCP at local Hillingdon mainstream schools.

Using interpreters

An interpreter can be provided to help your child/young person's occupational therapy session. Please let your occupational therapist know if you would like us to arrange this for you by contacting the occupational therapy department (details on the right).

Contact details:

Address: Children’s Integrated Therapy Service (CITS) Lines are open Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays) 9am to 5pm
Phone: 01895 488 200