Children's Therapy Services

The Children’s Therapy team at York Hospital work with children, young people and their families across a broad range of needs for physiotherapy, speech language and communication needs, occupational health and dietetics.  Please follow the link to the Therapy Services webpages for information about their work, and how to refer.

For a direct link to the Children's Therapy Team at York Hospital, please click here.

 

Speech and Language Therapy

Children can be seen for speech and language therapy by their local clinic/Child Development Centre before they attend school and during the foundation stage which includes nursery or reception. When the children reach Year 1 at school, the children which have speech sound difficulties continue to be seen at their local clinic. The children who have language difficulties may be seen in their school.

The speech and Language Therapists will work closely with the school staff from the child's school to help identify targets and activities to develop the child’s language and communication skills in the child’s school setting.

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

 

Speech and Language TherapyContact Number

York

01904 724366

   

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

York

01904 726599

   

Physiotherapy

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

York

01904 726753

   

Dietetics

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

York

01904 725269

 

 Last updated: March 2019