Children's occupational therapy

Occupational therapy provides help and support for children and young people who have a physical disability, or difficulties with practical, sensory or motor skills which affect their ability to function independently

How can occupational therapists help? 

Therapists work with children and their families to help resolve difficulties, or to help a child learn good strategies to manage their difficulties and be as independent as possible.

What sort of children and young people do we work with? 

We work with children and young people up to the age of 18 who have physical disabilities and complex health needs and require specialist equipment such as seating or splinting to increase functional skills.

We also work with children referred before the age of 6 years old with specific functional difficulties, who do not have a physical disability/complex health needs.

We are able to help children who have difficulty with:

  • Coordination and development of gross motor skills
  • Hand function and development of fine motor skills
  • Self-care skills (using cutlery, getting dressed)
  • Processing sensory information (sound, touch, movement) making it difficult to concentrate and engage in activities

The Occupational Therapist is trained to recognise when a child has difficulties and to find out why, and what will help. Therapy works best when those who spend most time with the child put the therapist's ideas and suggestions into practice on a regular basis.

What can I expect from the service?

  • The Occupational Therapist will see you and your child, and will spend time finding out about your concerns, playing with and talking to your child, and deciding whether your child has difficulties and how these impact your child.
  • The therapist will give you ideas for activities and strategies you can use and practise at home. They may also make recommendations for some small pieces of useful equipment you could purchase to use with your child.
  • We will write a short report about your child and a programme of activities, and will share this with nursery or school so they can use the same ideas and activities to help your child during the day.
  • We may offer your child a type of therapy which may be a group with other children, or some individual sessions.

Where will my child receive this service?

Children are usually invited to a local Health Clinic for their first occupational therapy appointment. We offer appointments at Green Wrythe Lane Clinic, Carshalton.

Subsequent appointments will be offered in the same clinic. For children with very complex health needs, appointments can take place at home.

What does the service expect from me?

It is important that you carry out the activities and ideas we give you and use any specialist equipment we recommend in the way we advise. We will support you to do this.

We ask you to attend all appointments where possible, and if you are unable to attend, to contact the department giving as much notice as possible. If you do not attend and do not contact us, your child will be discharged from the service.

Is there a cost for this service?


Inclusion criteria

  • Children aged up to 18 years if the child/young person has a physical disability or complex health needs.
  • Children referred before the age of 6 years old with specific functional difficulties, who do not have a physical disability/complex health needs.
  • Registered with a Sutton GP.

How can my child be referred to this service?

If you are concerned about your child's development, please discuss this with your health visitor, school nurse, or your GP. They can then refer into our service. If your child is seen by a paediatrician, physiotherapist or speech and language therapist, they can also refer.


Green Wrythe Lane Clinic
Tel: 0208 915 6424