Occupational Therapy Service

  • Type of SEND provision:

Description

The Occupational Therapy (OT) Service is part of the SPOT (Sensory, Physical and Occupational Therapy) service, SEND and Inclusion support Somerset. The OT team works with children and young people (CYP) up to 18 years old, and advise adult OTs on support for young people up to 25 in educational setting.

The main goal of OT involvement is to:

  • Provide access to environment, services, activities and information
  • Provide high quality evidence based and measured service
  • Support CYP to maximise their independence and quality of life in daily activities and fulfilling their aspirations
  • Support families and carers to safely manage the child’s posture
  • Anticipate the changing needs of children, young people and their carers to facilitate positive transitions.

The OT service also works closely with other teams within SPOT services, social care and health services to ensure joined up working and seamless services.

The service includes:

  • Assessment and involvement in home, educational setting and respite
  • Specialist in Manual Handling – assessment, training, ongoing support
  • Environmental adaptations recommendations
  • Specialist in 24 hours postural management

Here are some leaflets that you may find useful.

Children’s Occupational Therapy Team

Car/seat Safety Device Information

Basic positioning for lying at night

Moving and Handling Information

Posture and Seating Information

Safety Information

You can also find information on the Support Services for Education website

General info

Further information

  • Are you eligible
  • The Occupational Therapy Service offers support for children and young people and their families living in Somerset with either or both: Functional difficulties due to their disabilities that can’t be meet by universal/targeted services alone. The child and young person’s condition has a substantial impact on the quality of the child and young person or family life.

  • How to access
  • To access occupational therapy, call Somerset Direct on 0300 123 2224 and selecting options ‘children’s team’ and ‘other’.

    For pre-referral advice please email: spotservice@somerset.gov.uk

     

  • When is it available
  • This service is available Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm and Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.