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Occupational Therapy (Paediatric)

  • Paediatric Occupational Therapy enables children or young people to take part in daily life which is made up of many activities which they may be finding more difficult to participate in. These activities include self-care, being productive (going to nursery or school) and leisure activities like playtime.

  • Service Manager Lead: Alice Turnbull
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About the service

The team is made up of Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapists Assistant Practitioners and Admin Support Staff who work together to support children and young people to be able to achieve their goals.

Specialist Play Service

The Specialist Play Service is a home-based assessment and intervention service for pre-school children in Worcestershire with additional needs. This might include delays in their development such as gross and fine movement, play and learning, social and communication.

They use a variety of toys, equipment and techniques to identify difficulties and to support development of play. They can advise on appropriate toys and strategies to enable parents to continue this input with their children.

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How to refer

The Paediatric Occupational Therapy Service will accept referrals from all Health Professionals for children who are experiencing functional difficulties, that impact on their ability to complete activities of daily living. 

If you are referring externally then please call the appropriate department (above) and we shall provide you with our referral form. This will need to be completed in detail and returned to the correct base.

Our service operates as two teams; South and North. South will take referrals for South Worcestershire and North will take referrals for Wyre Forest, Redditch & Bromsgrove. Please note North referrals should be sent to the Redditch & Bromsgrove base.
The Paediatric Occupational Therapy department support children and young people from birth to eighteen. If your child is over 18 then please refer to an appropriate adult service. The department does not accept self-referrals.

Contact the Neighbourhood Teams

Princess of Wales Community Hospital
Stourbridge Road, Bromsgrove, B61 0BB
Tel no. 01527 488041

Please enter the Hospital and report to main reception. The Princess of Wales Community Hospital has a car park which you pay when leaving. POWCH now has a system where the cameras detect your number plate, so please drive close to the barrier when exiting. The car park is open Monday to Sunday (24 hours), charges may apply.

The Beacon Centre 
Carnforth Drive, Worcester, WR4 9HG
Tel no. 01905 681883

The Beacon Centre is located in the Warndon housing estate. It is opposite Fairfield Community Primary School playing field and Regency High School. We have 5 parking spaces, 2 allocated for disabled parking. The building has a small sign on the front of the building.

Kidderminster Health Centre
Bromsgrove Street, Kidderminster, DY10 1PG
Tel no. 01562 514520

Parking is available on a pay and display car park opposite the health centre.

Team Lead North – Dawn Taylor   

Team Lead South – Helen Wynne-Jones

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

All children should have access to the right services, at the right time, to make sure they can reach their full potential. We work together with other agencies to ensure that the right professionals are involved at the right time to meet the needs of you and your child. Find out more about how we support children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) 

Leaflets & videos

Support during COVID19

Children, Young People and Families Wellbeing Support Guide - As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, some of our services are working in a variety of  different ways, to support you and your child during this time, and there are a
number of services available to support children, young people and their family or carers. 

Paediatric Occupational Thereapy support line - The Paediatric Occupational Therapy (POT) Service will be introducing an Advice Line from Wednesday 3rd June 2020. This is aimed to offer support for:

  • Health Professionals and those that refer to the POT Service
  • Schools/Teachers/SENCO’s
  • parents and Carers

We will offer information on:

  • Strategies and advice around Occupational Performance and Functional concerns.
  • Practical advice relating to difficulties in areas of self-help, play and leisure.
  • If a referral to POT is appropriate.

To speak to a Paediatric Occupational Therapist please tel: 07562 436633 (Wednesday 10am-3pm - starting from 3rd June 2020)

Our latest videos

Our Youtube channel has a variety of useful videos suitable for our patients and their families, and families who might not currently access our services. Click here to visit Youtube and view our Children, Young People and Families video playlist.

Alternatively, the video below includes a playlist of some of our most popular Paediatric Occupational Therapy videos. Click the small icon in the top-right of the screen to select the video you wish to view. 

Leaflets for download:

Self Care Skills

Calming Strategies A5 leaflet.pdf [pdf] 452KB

Eating and Drinking A5 leaflet.pdf [pdf] 331KB

Getting Dressed Younger Child A5 leaflet.pdf [pdf] 423KB

Toileting A5 leaflet.pdf [pdf] 173KB

Toothbrushing A5 leaflet non_spreads.pdf [pdf] 351KB

The Under and Overactive Child A5 leaflet.pdf [pdf] 213KB

Nail Care A5 leaflet.pdf [pdf] 242KB

Managing Periods A5 leaflet.pdf [pdf] 307K

Hair Care A5 leaflet.pdf [pdf] 201KB

Self Care A5 leaflet - Bathing and Showering.pdf [pdf] 183KB

Sleep Advice for Teens A5 leaflet August 2020.pdf [pdf] 194KB

Sleep Advice for Children A5 leaflet.pdf [pdf] 158KB

Dressing Tips for Teens A5 leaflet.pdf [pdf] 401KB

Shaving A5 leaflet.pdf [pdf] 466KB

Time to Tie A5 leaflet.pdf [pdf] 607KB


Car Seats A5 leaflet pdf for download and print.pdf [pdf] 366KB

Play and Leisure Time A5 leaflet.pdf [pdf] 770KB

Ready Steady Relax A5 leaflet.pdf [pdf] 883KB

Screen Time A5 leaflet.pdf [pdf] 601KB

Development of Movement Skills A5 leaflet.pdf [pdf] 228KB

School Skills

Organisational Skills A5 leaflet.pdf [pdf] 466KB

Pre-Writing A5 leaflet.pdf [pdf] 368KB

Posture A5 leaflet.pdf [pdf] 368KB


Weighted Products - A5 leaflet no spreads.pdf [pdf] 467KB

Weighted Blankets - A5 leaflet no spreads.pdf [pdf] 379KB

Minor Equipment A5 leaflet.pdf [pdf] 472KB

Restrictive Beds A5 leaflet.pdf [pdf] 368KB

Mini making sense

Messy Play A5 leaflet.pdf [pdf] 539KB

Active Children Leaflet.pdf [pdf] 1MB

Feeding and Chewing Leaflet.pdf [pdf] 402KB

Personal Care Leaflet.pdf [pdf] 168KB

Play Leaflet.pdf [pdf] 348KB

Sleeping and calming leaflet.pdf [pdf] 379KB

Service Information

What is OT for Young People A5 leaflet.pdf [pdf] 2MB

Transition Leaflet [pdf] 516KB

Paediatric OT leaflet [pdf] 864KB

Specialist Play Service Leaflet 296KB

Occupational Therapy Pre School Play Pathway 279KB

Paediatric SPS Referral Criteria 286KB

Kidz on the Move Leaflet 3.pdf [pdf] 423KB