Children and young people's occupational therapy service
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Sometimes children and young people require specialist equipment to help them to be as independent as possible in their daily living activities.

OT’s provide equipment for the following areas of need:


We assess for seating systems at both home and school. This seating helps to enable a child to maintain a good posture to prevent contractures, promote function and enable them to join in with their family at meal times, and participate in school and leisure activities.

Personal Hygiene

This equipment is used to enable a child to have a dignified personal hygiene routine whilst minimising manual handling risks for their carers. Equipment can range from a simple bath chair, to a more supportive showering system. We can advise if adaptations are required and make a referral to the appropriate service.

Hoists and slings

These help to reduce the handling risk to a child or young person and their carers. They can be used in both the home and school for transfers such as from a chair to the toilet.

Sleeping and lying

We aim to encourage 24 hour postural care by improving night time positioning. This can help promote regular sleep patterns and reduce the risk of pressure sores and contractures. This is often done using a sleep system, and profiling beds may be used for ease of care and safety.