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Children’s Community Therapies

The Children’s Therapy and Nurse Service is an integrated service consisting of Community Children’s Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, and Speech and Language Therapists.

We work in the place or places where the child can best be seen. This may be:

  • Mainstream primary and secondary schools
  • Nurseries / Early Years settings
  • Children’s centres
  • Special schools
  • Child development centres
  • Alternative educational provision e.g. Pupil Referral Units
  • Hospitals
  • Health Centres
  • In the family’s home

Our Therapists work directly with children to:

  • Assess the child’s needs.
  • Carry out regular work with the child to help them to improve or maintain their skills in particular areas of development.

We also work indirectly with children to:

  • Collect information regarding their development, discuss concerns and goals with parents/carers.
  • Share information with educational staff and other medical professionals to ascertain everyone’s concerns and plans for the child.
  • Train parents/ carers and staff to deliver programmes of work to help the child develop or maintain their skills.
  • Deliver training courses for parents or professionals involved in a child’s development.
  • Training others is a big part of our role.  A child’s development is a shared responsibility amongst all those working with the child, not just the therapist!