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Children with Disabilities Team - Occupational Therapy Service

Supports disabled children and their families to live safely and independently in their own homes by:

  • Provision of advice and guidance
  • Provision of equipment
  • Provision of adaptations

Who are we?
We are experienced Children's Occupational Therapists (OTs) employed by NSC and registered with the HCPC. We work with children with complex needs from 0-18 years old at home, in their educational and short break settings.

What do we do?
   •    promote functional independence skills in daily living tasks eg: bathing, toileting, eating
   •    Promote access to essential facilities in the family home eg: access to bedroom and bathroom
   •    Promote a safe environment in the family home eg: safe moving and handling techniques

How do we do this?
After an assessment of your child's needs, the OT will agree an action plan with you and your child. This may include:
   •    Advice and guidance eg: alternative methods of managing daily living tasks
   •    Provision of equipment eg: a supportive seating system to enable hand function, a mobile hoist and slings for safe manual handling
   •    Provision of minor adaptations eg: grab handles in the bathroom to help get in/out of the bath safely and independently
   •    Provision of major adaptations via a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) eg: building a level access shower room in the family home

Who do we liaise with to help you and your child?
   •    other Social Care professionals eg: social workers, family support workers
   •    Health professionals eg: doctors, physiotherapists, child health OTs, speech and language therapists, specialist nurses
   •    Education eg: special and mainstream schools and pre-schools/nurseries, Education Inclusion Service
   •    Housing eg: Housing Adaptations Team, Home Choice, Care and Repair, Architects
   •    Voluntary Sector eg: Springboard Nursery, Charlton Farm Children's Hospice
   •    Equipment providers

Who to contact

01934 427 615

Where to go

The Firs Resource Centre
Drove Road
BS23 3NX

Fully accessible

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday - Friday 8.45am - 5pm closes at 4.30pm on a Friday

Other details


Referral required
Referral Details

How do you access the DCT OT Service?
There is a high demand for our services. The Council operates an eligibility criteria system to make sure the most urgent needs are met quickly.
If you need a DCT OT assessment, or are already waiting for an assessment for your child and their needs change, please contact NSC Care Connect Team:
Tel 01275 888801, Mon - Fri, 8am - 6pm
If you wish to call the Duty OT for advice/ information, please contact the DCT:
Tel 01934 427615, Mon - Fri, 9.30 - 4.30

Local offer


North Somerset Occupational Therapists aims to help disabled children and young people and their families to live safely and independently in their own homes.

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