Children’s Therapy

The Children’s Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Speech and Language Therapists are all part of one county wide integrated Therapy Team, managed in three county localities; East, West and South Cumbria.

We provide specialist advice in order to support the work that parents, schools, nurseries, health visitors, health and wellbeing nurses and charities are doing to help the development of children in Cumbria and we work very closely with these people.

There are lots of ideas and general advice that can be used to help support children’s development which can be found in our Children’s Therapy Toolkit. When making contact with any of the Therapy teams you will be encouraged to have a go at trying some of these ideas in our toolkit before considering whether a referral is needed.

If you have tried following the general advice and still feel that your child is having difficulties you can either phone the appropriate team to discuss whether a referral is needed (see contact details below), or make a referral using our referral form. It may also be useful to use the Developmental Journal to see where your child’s skills are in relation to their age and general development. The Birth to Five Timeline can also help you decide if you need to seek professional advice. It is important to remember that children will often develop their skills at different rates and so it may be helpful to have a look at the normal variations in children’s development to help you decide whether a referral is needed.

In order for us to know whether we are the right service to help your child we need as much information about your child’s needs and how this is impacting on their ability to participate in activities. For this reason, it is more useful for a parent or teacher to complete the referral rather than a person who doesn’t know the child so well.

Once we receive a referral and it is appropriate to do so, we will arrange to provide some initial support and/or assess your child. Following this we will discuss with you how we will work with you and/or your child.  If we feel that further input will be helpful for your child we will open an Episode of Care with a clear focus for our involvement. Once an Episode of Care has ended, we will review our input related to your child’s needs and, either open a new Episode of Care, or close the Episode of Care and discharge your child from the service.  If further concerns relating to the original issue arise following discharge you can contact the therapy team and we can become involved again if appropriate to do so.  Details of how you can do this will be given to you on discharge.

Therapy intervention is provided in a range of ways using the most appropriate method for your child and their needs.  This may be; direct treatment for a specific difficulty, coaching advice for parents and school staff in order for skills to be practiced at home or in school/nursery on a daily basis and the provision of training sessions and workshops to help people understand specific issues.

We recognise the importance of working in partnership with the child, parents/carers and educational setting to maximise a child’s independence and their ability to participate in the activities that are important to them.

Contact details:

EAST
Springboard Child Development Centre, Orton Road, Carlisle, CA2 7HE
01228 608250 (OT, PT and SLT)

WEST
Footsteps CDC, West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven, CA28 8JG
01946 68551 (OT)
01946 68552 (PT)

Workington Community Hospital, Park Lane, Workington, CA14 2RW
01900 705080 (SLT)

SOUTH LAKES
Blackhall Unit, Westmorland General Hospital, Burton Road, Kendal, LA9 7RG
01539 715226 (OT, PT and SLT)

FURNESS
Child Development Centre, Level 4, Furness General Hospital, Dalton Lane, Barrow in Furness, LA14 4LF
01229 409625 (OT, PT and SLT)


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