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Paediatric Occupational Therapy: Primary Schools

This Occupational Therapy Service to Primary Schools is for children and young people up to the age of 11 that are registered with a Harrow GP and/or a Harrow resident.

Children referred to this service will be experiencing difficulties in one or more of the following functional areas:

  • Activities of daily living: feeding, washing, dressing, grooming, toileting
  • Productivity: leisure, access to the school curriculum
  • Documentation: pre-writing skills, handwriting, keyboard skills
  • Tool use: scissors, ruler, cutlery use
  • Co-ordination difficulties

The service prioritises children with severe, complex or multiple impairments, and those with moderate to high levels of disability.

What does the service provide?

The Occupational Therapy team aims to provide a high quality service to children to maximise their participation and independence in activities of daily life. They work in partnership with the children, their parents or carers, school staff, and other health, education, social care professionals and voluntary bodies.

Depending on the child’s specific needs intervention may include:

  • Assessment/review to establish how the child’s needs impact on their ability to access the school day
  • Joint target setting and strategy development with school staff and parents, where emphasis is placed on supporting the school so that strategies can be implemented throughout the school day
  • Individual / group treatment blocks
  • Training packages for schools staff
  • Advice on equipment and adaptations needed to enable the child to access the curriculum or environment. This may include loan, issue or recommendation of equipment such as splints, seating, toileting equipment and adaptive aids

How do I access the service?

All professionals and parents can make a referral. Parental consent is essential to all referrals.

For all referrals, schools are asked to complete a referral checklist in order to provide information about their concerns, support that has been put in place by school and the child’s response to this. Forms are available via the service website or from the Occupational Therapy service.

Once referrals are processed by the Principal Occupational therapist we aim to see each child within 8 weeks. Each child will receive an assessment of need which may include a school visit. Following assessment, a decision will be made regarding future management and a written report provided.

Referrals for children with developmental co-ordination disorder will be seen at Alexandra Health and Social Care centre and therapists will then liaise with the school as necessary.

This service is available Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm

Contact us
Paediatric Therapy Department:
Chaucer Unit, Level 3, Northwick Park Hospital. Watford Road, Harrow HA1 3UJ
Telephone: 0208 869 3010
The service is provided by London North West Healthcare NHS Trust (LNWHT).

For further information about the service visit LNWH Occupational Therapy