Patient information - Children's occupational therapy services

The following are links to leaflets and web sites that we think may be useful to parents and children regarding the paediatric occupational therapy services we provide. 

For a full listing of available resources please go to the Trust’s web directory of patient information

Where to find useful information 

Disclaimer - we cannot take responsibility for any information on these websites.   

  • The CaF Directory with advice and information and links to specific conditions and Rare Disorders that affect children and their families www.cafamily.org.uk
  • ADDISS information on conditions affecting attention and behaviour www.addiss.co.uk
  • An A-Z of posture care
  • Bobath Centre who specialise in working with children with cerebral palsy www.bobath.org.uk
  • Cerebral Palsy information and support www.scope.org.uk
  • Cerebra for brain injured children and young people www.cerebra.org.uk
  • Child Brain Injury Trust - www.childbraininjurytrust.org.uk
  • Contact a Family – Family support group for children with disabilities and special needs. Tel: 0207 608 8700.      
  • Family Fund – offers grants to the families of disabled children for everyday goods and equipment www.familyfund.org.uk
  • Support individuals and families affected by developmental dyspraxia www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk 
  • Hemi help information and support www.hemihelp.org.uk
  • Muscular Dystrophy Campaign information and support www.muscular-dystrophy.org
  • National Autistic Society information and support www.nas.org.uk
  • National Helpline and Advice Service for children with continence problems  www.promocon.co.uk. Tel: 0161 834 2001. e-mail: promocon@disabledliving.co.uk
  • SNAAP (Specialist Advisory and Activities Project) has produced a directory of services available to Disabled Children and their families and is funded through the Aiming High Short Breaks Transformation Programme available through www.snaap.org.uk
  • Steps – National Association for children with lower limb abnormalities www.steps-charity.org.uk
  • The Children’s Trust – Care, education and therapy to children and young adults with multiple disabilities. Tel: 01737 365 847    
  • Variety Club Childrens Charity – Providing equipment, trips and exciting experiences for children with disability www.variety.org.uk
  • Whizz Kidz – mobility equipment, advice and training www.whizz-kidz.org.uk

Where to look for private purchasing websites

Please note: this is not an exhaustive list and that you should look at the equipment on the website and then look at price comparisons. If helpful contact your local disability shop to see if you can try this equipment to see its suitability for your needs before purchasing. 

  • Taskmaster – a wide range of pencil grips, paper with raised lines and Handiwriter – wrist band to help position pencil in hand, variety of scissors, line tracker for reading, wooden slope board, ruler with handle. Tel: 0116 270 4286. Websitewww.taskmasteronline.co.uk
  • Caring Cutlery – cutlery with specialist grip to give children better control: www.homecraft-rolyan.com  Tel: 08702 423 305. Nottingham Rehab Supplies www.nrs-uk.co.uk  Tel: 0845 120 4522. Ways and Means Tel: 0845 606 0911. www.co-opmobility.co.uk
  • Fledglings- a charity that finds and sells some specialist equipment for children with a particular need. Tel: 01799 541807 website: www.fledglings.org.uk
  • Back in Action- sells equipment to aid posture such as writing slope and seat wedge Website: www.backinaction.co.uk
  • Peta (UK) Ltd – sell self opening and easy grip scissors. Tel: 01245 231118 website: www.peta-uk.com
  • Left handed resources - sells equipment for people who are left handed website: Anything Left Handed and Left Shop Online
  • Special direct -  a range of equipment such as fidgets, pencil grips, scissor skills and angled board Tel: 0800 318686 website: www.specialdirect.com
  • Welcome Mobility - provides a wide range of daily living aids and specialist equipment. Website: www.welcomemobility.co.uk

What to do if there is a problem with your loaned equipment

For ALL community equipment services (not including wheelchairs), contact NRS Healthcare on 01622 235300 or at enquiries@kent.nrs-uk.net 

Opening hours for NRS Healthcare are: 8am to 8pm Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 6pm Sunday and there is an out of hours service for emergency repairs outside these times (via the same phone number).

Further details on Kent County Council website

Related services and contacts

  • College of Occupational Therapists www.cot.co.uk
  • Occupational Therapists must register with Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) which is a regulatory body for all Allied Health Professions. To find out more contact www.hcpc-uk.co.uk
  • Royal Free Hampstead website for useful leaflets on a range of functional difficulties www.royalfree.nhs.uk
  • CanChild www.canchild.ca - CanChild provides educational research and practical strategies from Canada. 

Paediatric Physiotherapy and Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy website when in existence. 

Wheelchair Service

The Wheelchair Service sees children who have a permanent disability or medical condition which significantly impairs their ability to walk. For more information and eligibility, visit the Kent Community Health website

Children's Social Services - Disabled Children's Services

The Children's Occupational Therapy Service is part of the Disabled Children's Team in east Kent. The Service provides an equipment and adaptions service to disabled children from birth to 18 years. Please visit the Kent County Council website Tel: 03000 420886

Children's Communication and Assistive Technology (CAT) Service (Kent)

The CAT service work with children who have significant issues with communication. For more information and eligibility, visit the Kent Community Health website

Would you like the information in these leaflets in another format or language?

We value equality of access to our information and services and are therefore happy to provide the information in these leaflets in Braille, Easy Read, large print, or audio - upon request.

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