AHP Children's Therapy Team and Referral Information

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Speech and Language Therapy

Children are seen for speech and language therapy at their local clinic/Child Development Centre before school and during the foundation stage (nursery/reception). Once children reach Year 1 in school, those with speech sound difficulties continue to be seen in clinic. Children with language difficulties maybe seen in school. Speech and language therapists work closely with the school staff to identify targets/activities to develop your child’s language and communication skills in the school setting.

The level of support and frequency of visits may change as your child moves through school and your child’s needs change.

Speech and Language TherapyContact Number


01904 724366


01723 342472  

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists (OTs) work with children who have physical, neurological and sensory / perceptual problems. Their aim is to support and enable children to carry out the skills needed for everyday life and learning.

OTs will work closely with children, young people and their families to help them join in and succeed in activities that are important to them, to the best of their ability. These may include:

  • Fine motor skills (such as writing and playing with small manipulative toys)
  • Self care/Independence /life skills (such as dressing and feeding)
  • Sensory skills (coping with everyday sensory experiences)

OTs work closely with local health and education and social care agencies to support all aspects of child /young person family life.

Occupational TherapyContact Number


01904 726599


01723 342357


Physiotherapists work with children who have physical difficulties as a result of a neurological developmental or musculoskeletal problem.

A Physiotherapist will work closely with the children, young people and their families to formulate individual management programmes in order to achieve their maximum potential. These may include:

  • Gross Motor Skills (running, jumping, climbing).
  • Developmental support (mastering early skills such as rolling and crawling).
  • Improving posture and positioning to enable maximum functional ability.
  • Recommending appropriate equipment, aids and splints to support posture and function.
PhysiotherapyContact Number


01904 726753


01723 342357


Dieticians help children and young people to understand the science about the food we eat and the nutrition it gives us to help us be healthy. They are also involved in the diagnosis and dietary treatment of disease.

Dietitians have a wide range of jobs including:

  • working with people with special dietary needs
  • informing the general public about nutrition
  • offering advice about the food we eat
  • managing diabetes
  • evaluating and improving treatments
  • educating patients/clients, other healthcare professionals and community groups promoting good healthy living
  • kidney disease
  • food allergies
  • eating disorders
  • diabetes
  • weight management advice
  • coeliac disease management
  • Cystic fibrosis support
  • Tube feeding
Dietetic Contact Number


01904 725269

How are children referred to the service?

Children can be referred to Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language by your GP or Consultant Paediatrician and other medical professionals.

Parents of preschool age children with speech, language and communication needs can self refer by accessing a drop in clinic.

Referrals to dieticians are by GP, medical and dental practitioners only.

What to expect at your appointment?

During the initial appointment, the therapist will gather further information about your child or young person and your family, to gain a better understanding of your child's current development and the nature of your concern. They will also ask for some background information. This will include birth details, any health issues, your child's general development and family history. They will record all this information.

If the child is young, the child will be able to play while the therapist gathers this information. If they are older, the therapist may talk to them about what they think their difficulty is, if any.


During the assessment process, the therapist may use a variety of different methods to assess your child's relevant skills. These may include observing your child playing with toys, looking at pictures, formal assessments or undertaking physical activities.

The therapist may also talk to your child's nursery/playgroup, or school teacher, to get a clearer idea of how your child is functioning within their setting.


Following the assessment, the therapist will discuss their findings with you and possibly with other professionals involved, for example preschool or school staff, and explain their conclusions. Part of this discussion will include what intervention, if any, your child needs and who will carry it out.

If needed a report will be written and sent to you, the person who referred your child, and with your consent, to any other professionals involved, such as the school, Health Visitor or GP. The report will state the therapist's conclusions and give advice and recommendations for supporting your child's development.

What happens next?

Depending on your child's needs and difficulties, one or more of these options may be selected, through discussion between you and the therapist:

  • advice and support on the management of your child's difficulties
  • a programme of activities to carry out at home
  • a programme of activities to be carried out in school or preschool setting
  • training of yourself or other professionals to meet your child's needs and their long term conditions
  • a review to check your child's progress after a few months
  • a block of regular individual or group therapy sessions
  • general advice and discharge from the Children’s therapy team.
  • referral to a more appropriate service, this may include another member of the Children’s Therapy Service.

If your child needs support from more than one type of therapist we will try to combine appointments to make access easier for you and the child /young person.

Key staff

Name Title  Contact Number  
Vicky Mulvana AHP Children’s Therapy Service Manager  01904 721681
Alison Brown Team Manager York 01904 555006
Judith Baigent Team Manager Scarborough 01723 342357 


York Family Information Service

01904 554444