Parent or practitioner identifies a concern with a child’s ability to participate in their daily activities

There are two main services which provide Occupational Therapy support to help children and young people in Somerset with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities achieve their potential. This is to help them to participate in activities to the maximum extent possible in their everyday lives.

Occupational Therapy Service in Children and Young People’s Therapy Service (CYPTS)

Parents or practitioners may identify concerns in a child’s ability to engage in play, participate at nursery or school, or complete self care activities. The CYPTS Occupational Therapy service provides advice, assessment and therapy to address these difficulties. You can find information on the NHS Children and Young People’s Therapy Service here.

You can look up information in our ‘Fact Files for Early Years or for School-age’ which includes a range of advice sheets. You can also find forms and explanation as to how to refer the child or young person to this service.

If you need further advice, phone our Advice Line on 0303 033 3002 – open 9am to 12pm Monday to Thursday (not available on Bank Holidays)

You can find a flowchart with more detailed information here

Occupational Therapy in Sensory and Physical Impairment and Occupational Therapy (SPOT)

Parents or practitioner may consider that these concerns could be addressed by changes of the environment by adaptations or specialist equipment can refer to the service with their concerns, and we will offer functional occupational therapy assessment followed by advise, provision of equipment or adaptations.

Our core offer focuses on maximising occupational performance by:

  • Changing the Environment to meet the child or young person’s functional abilities:
    • Supporting re-housing to meet child or young person’s needs
    • Minor and major adaptations to property
  • Enabling participation in daily Occupations:
    • Specialist supportive equipment
    • Training on safe manual handling techniques
    • Complex postural management

This leaflet gives further information

You can find more information here: Occupational Therapy Service

If you need further advice or would like to make a referral, phone Somerset County Council Customer Contact on 0300 123 2224.

If a written referral does come through to one service but the support requested clearly fits the other then the referral will be passed to the other team to avoid delay in getting support.

Somerset Sensory Processing Handbook

The Somerset Sensory Processing Handbook has been co-produced to raise awareness on sensory processing and provides information in how to support children and young people (CYP) who experience difficulties with sensory processing. You can find the handbook on our What to expect from education page.