Occupational Therapy

Our Occupational Therapists work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to support children and young people aged 0-19 years who have a wide range of physical, motor, sensory and learning difficulties. These can affect the development of functional skills and life skills including play, co-ordination, dressing, feeding and school skills.

Children can receive services as inpatients at Epsom General Hospital, in the community and as outpatients referred by mid Surrey GPs (NB children living in the Dorking area receive a children's Occupational Therapy service from another provider, Virgin Care, while those with GPs in the East Elmbridge area receive can access an additional assessment and advice only service). Children are also seen within local mainstream schools and special schools in collaboration with Surrey Local Education Authority. 

"I am really grateful to the Occupational Therapy team for their ongoing support, without which we would not be able to carry on."

Child's mother

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An Occupational Therapist will assess children and make diagnoses where appropriate. CSH Surrey then provides a range of treatment options, working closely with the child and their carers, including advice and education, therapy programmes, targeted group or one-to-one intervention, environmental adaption and the provision of specific equipment. 

A children’s Occupational Therapist is trained to look at the development of occupational skills that enable children to function in everyday life. Their focus is to work with the child through play and purposeful activities to help maximise their potential in:

  1. Co-ordination of fine and gross motor skills, eye-hand co-ordination and hand function
  2. Development of sensory skills, including sense of touch, body awareness and balance. This includes sensory modulation and its effects on behaviour and attention
  3. Normal development of play and school skills, including writing, scissor and ball skills etc
  4. Development of self-care activities such as feeding, dressing, sitting, bathing and toileting
  5. Physical ability in children with neurological/degenerative conditions
  6. Maximise respiratory function and the effect on daily life​
  7. Support children with musculoskeletal disorders and conditions in early development.

The above may include assessment, diagnostics, advice, education, active therapy and provision of specialised equipment and splinting. The Occupational Therapy team always works closely with the child’s family/carers and any other professionals involved with the child to maximise function.

They also work with mainstream and special schools, who can be contacted directly by parents/carers wishing to discuss their child’s therapy.

For information about children’s NHS community health services in Surrey (which since April 2017 have been provided through the new Children and Family Health Surrey service), please visit www.childrenshealthsurrey.nhs.uk.