Welcome to Devon Children’s Occupational Therapy Service (North)
We support children with physical, sensory, developmental, perceptual and cognitive difficulties that affect their functional abilities in areas of self-care, schoolwork, play and leisure.
More about us
Our service provides for children and young people from birth to 18 years who meet our criteria. It is delivered in family homes, clinics and educational settings.
We work in partnership with parents and recognise that you know your child best. We will help to identify your child’s difficulties in their daily life, by assessing their needs and helping them to maximise their abilities, independence and quality of life.
We use play and purposeful activities to help your child achieve their goals.
We see children with:
- Physical disabilities
- Gross motor coordination difficulties
- Fine motor and handwriting difficulties
- Perceptual difficulties
- Sensory processing difficulties
- Sensory impairments
- Developmental delays
- Social and communication disorders
- Learning disabilities
Devon Children’s Services website
For more information, advice and toolkits please visit our website.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the Government’s health watchdog, responsible for ensuring that healthcare services registered with it provide high quality care that is safe, effective and compassionate. The CQC inspected our service in June 2017 and rated it as ‘good’. View CQC report.
What services do we provide?
- Equipment: we assess for the provision of special equipment to encourage independence in all areas of daily life e.g. seating and bathing.
- Access and adaptions: we assess both home and school environments advising on adaptations which assist your child to access these independently. We do this in conjunction with other professionals.
- Activities of daily living: we provide advice, assessment and training for programmes to develop independence in activities such as dressing, bathing, toileting and feeding.
- Education: we assess, give advice and plan intervention to minimise gross and fine motor difficulties, sensory and development problems which may arise for your child in nursery schools, primary and secondary schools. We support development of the skills your child need to engage and participate in school.
- Play: we recognise the importance of play and leisure activities in the development of your child’s skills. We will always consider this as part of our assessment.
How does the service work?
When the OT service has been contacted about your child, you may be sent a form to complete so we can identify the difficulties your child is experiencing. We may contact you to discuss their needs and offer you some strategies you can use at home whilst you wait for an assessment.
Your child may be asked to participate in a Fun-Fit programme in school to improve their movement skills and co-ordination.
Once your child has been referred to us, they are placed on a waiting list. Prioritisation is based on age, the level of need, and the length of time they have been waiting. We will offer you an appointment as soon as possible.
We will assess your child in one of our clinics, in school or at your home as required. We will discuss your child’s difficulties with you and your child and carry out an assessment. Based on this, we will give appropriate advice, set goals and plan intervention if necessary.
We may carry out intervention on an individual or group basis, in a clinic, home
or school, for a limited number of sessions.
We often use home and school programmes to integrate treatment activities into real life situations, which will need the support of parents and teachers, to maximise the effectiveness of treatment. Children are discharged from our service once intervention is complete, but can be re-referred if further needs arise in the future.
I’d like my child to be seen by a children’s occupational therapist. Who can refer into the service?
We receive referrals from consultants, paediatricians, school medical officers, GPs, educational psychologists, special educational needs coordinators (SENCOs), schools, other health professionals, parents and carers.
Your child’s records
Any information held about your child is kept securely in a file or on electronic information systems. We use the information to:
• Record important health and social
• Help professionals to care for your child
• Provide appropriate support and care to children, young people and families
• Develop and improve services and measure how well we are doing
We will only share information about a child/young person with your consent unless required by law or the data is anonymised. However in some circumstances, when we feel that your child or others are at risk, we may share information without consent.
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Our commitment to you and your child
Virgin Care takes your dignity and privacy very seriously and we will at all times
respect your confidentiality. Please treat our staff with respect so we can provide you with the very best care we can.
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Your opinion really matters to us
Please let us know if you have a comment, a compliment or a complaint by filling out one of our feedback forms that can be found within all of our service locations or telling a member of the team.
Alternatively, if you would like to make an official complaint you can find out more from our How to make a complaint section by clicking here.