Milton Keynes Children and Young People’s Occupational Therapy Team helps children and young people aged 0-18 years old and young people up to the age of 25 if they are attending special schools. We help people who have significant difficulties with everyday functional skills due to a physical, motor or sensory based need that impacts on their independence and ability to participate in everyday activities.
We help with the following:
- Self-care: getting dressed, using the toilet, preparing simple meals, using cutlery participating in hygiene routines
- Productivity: handwriting, using tools and materials in the classroom, following school routines, attending to tasks, adopting self-regulating behaviours, using computers and technology, participating in PE sessions
- Leisure and play: playing sports, shopping with friends, doing hobbies, playing age-appropriate games.
Occupational therapists (OTs) can suggest alternative ways of doing activities by providing advice on learning new approaches or recommending different types of assistive equipment. OTs may assess and advise in areas such as seating, bathing, cutlery, dressing, moving and handling, (for example, hoists and slings).
This service is for children and young people who are aged 0 – 18 and have significance difficulties with everyday functional skills due to a physical, motor or sensory based needs that impacts on their independence and ability to participate in everyday activities.
The service can also see young people up to the age of 25 if they are attending a special school. It can only see people who are registered with a Milton Keynes GP.
Who is not eligible?
We are unable to see people when:
- Their GP is outside of Milton Keynes
- They live outside of Milton Keynes
- Their needs relate to housing overcrowding issues (Please contact your housing department or association)
- Their needs relate to behavioural difficulties
- They are aged 18 or over and are not in a special education setting
- The referral is for handwriting only.
What should I do if I’m concerned about my child’s function and development?
If you are worried about your child’s independence and development, we would ask you to first discuss your concerns with your health visitor, nursery or Children’s Centre.
They will all be able to offer you some advice and further support. They will guide you if your child needs to be seen by an occupational therapist. You can also discuss your concerns with your GP.
We accept referrals from paediatricians, GPs, health visitors and other health professionals.
If a referral is made and it meets the acceptance criteria, you will be offered an initial assessment. Different options for advice and support on functional difficulties will be discussed with you following the assessment.
Where will your child be seen?
Therapy is mainly delivered at the Child Development Centre and other health settings. The service will see some children and young people in their own home when this is appropriate. The service does not work within schools but is able to support teaching staff.
Therapy is provided by the duty therapist, group sessions, and when appropriate in individual appointments.
What happens at the first appointment?
An initial assessment is completed to identify the main concerns that your child and you may have and to give you an opportunity to consider what you are hoping to get from the service.
Assessment appointments usually last up to 60 minutes.
An action plan or care plan will be agreed with you based on your child’s needs and will reflect the therapy the service will provide. Where applicable, the action plan will include details around discharge from the service.
Monday to Friday 8am-4pm.
Bus: 1, 4, 5/5A, 18, 19, 24, 25, 28/29, 32
Rail: Milton Keynes Central
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If you need help in a crisis, please do the following
- Contact the CNWL service looking after you during their office hours
- If the crisis is during when your service is closed, there are alternative options provided by the NHS found on this page.
- If you are not already being looked after by CNWL or elsewhere within the NHS, see your GP during normal working hours as they can then refer you to a local service.
Find your closest GP on NHS Choices.