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Make an Occupational Therapy referral for a child

Make an Occupational Therapy referral for a child

What is the Occupational Therapy (OT) service, who can access it, and how.

The Disabled Children's Occupational Therapy service provides assessments and services to disabled children and young adults across Bristol, from birth up to the age of 18.

You can refer children and young people who have difficulty with things like:

  • getting into or around the home
  • sitting independently
  • moving on or off the bed, toilet, bath or a chair
  • staying safe at home or in the garden

What support we offer

Advice, recommendations, and referrals to other agencies

We can:

  • offer advice and support to make daily tasks easier
  • offer advice and equipment or adaptions around moving and handling
  • make recommendations for home adaptations
  • make referrals to other agencies, for example health professionals, wheelchair service, Social Work
  • visit the child's school to find out what adaptions should be made to meet their needs

Specialist equipment

We also provide specialist equipment that:

  • helps maintain function
  • promotes independence
  • prevents deterioration, for example specialist seating
  • keeps the child safe, especially around transfers, bathing and using the toilet

Who can use the service

You can make referrals for children and young adults:

  • from birth to 18 years of age
  • who are disabled
  • who live in Bristol
  • who have needs resulting from their disability that can’t be met by services available to all children

Make a referral

Use our form to make a referral:

Make a referral

This form is only for professionals, for example physiotherapists.

If you’re the parent of a child who needs our service, you can refer your child through our Local Offer site.

What happens next

We'll send the child’s parent or carer a consent form in the post within a week.

We'll arrange to visit the child within eight weeks.

If you haven't heard from us within eight weeks, or if the needs of the child have changed, call 0117 9038250 and ask for the Duty Occupational Therapist.