Occupational Therapy (OT)

"Occupational Therapy (OT) can help babies, infants, children and young people grow, learn, have fun, socialise and play so they can develop, thrive and reach their full potential" - Royal College of Occupational Therapy

What we do?

Occupational Therapists see a range of children, including those with developmental delay, physical disabilities and children who have difficulties completing everyday tasks. We offer support to help children be as independent as possible in all areas of their lives.

We will work together with the child, their parents/carers, and their school to meet family-centred goals (goals which are set by the child, where possible, and their parents).

We can help with:

  • Development of Play
  • Activities of Daily Living: Dressing, School Activities, Personal Care Skills
  • Coordination and Fine Motor Skills
  • Upper Limb Splinting for chronic conditions
  • Postural Management (Static Seating for Home/School)

Following an assessment to identify needs, appropriate support is given which could be either advice, therapy sessions, group sessions, guidance to schools or working together with other relevant services to meet the child's needs.

Who do we see? 

To be accepted to the Children’s Occupational Therapy Service, children need to be aged between 0 and 18 years, have a GP in Newham and have difficulties completing their everyday tasks which parents/carers and school are unable to resolve without specialist OT input.

Making a Referral: Before you refer to our team, it is recommended that you look at the some of the pages in the Resources section (see information above). These have been completed to provide advice around some of the common difficulties that the service sees, and you may find your solution here.

We have an open referral system meaning anyone can refer, including young people and parents. If parents would like help completing a referral form, they can either discuss it with ourselves, see the child’s health visitor/school nurse, SENCo or GP. However, before referring please see our advice sheets in the resource section; these contain many useful bits of information and advice about common difficulties children experience in their everyday tasks.

Please return the completed referral form and any relevant reports to:

Intake Team
West Ham Lane Health Centre
84 West Ham Lane
E15 4PT

Referrals can be emailed to newhamcds@nhs.net
Child Development Service and Therapies Referral Form

You can phone us on: 0208 586 6480

Or you can e-mail us at: childrenOT@nhs.net

Who to contact

020 8586 6480 020 8586 6480
ELFT - NHS - Occupational Therapy
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Where to go

West Ham Lane Health Centre
84 West Ham Lane
E14 4PT
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Age Ranges
Referral required
Referral Details

Parent / carer referral, professionals. Must be reigstered with a Newham GP.


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