+ Deliver high quality therapy
+ Work together with families and communities
+ Enable your child to get the best out of life
Each child and young person’s development is individual and unique, although for many it also follows a typical pattern.
Other children will have specific problems with their development and some of these may need specialist assessment and advice from a children’s Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist.
Children’s Therapy is largely a community-based service providing direct therapy, advice and/or training.
Therapy may also be provided through programmes taught by therapists but undertaken by appropriate personnel (e.g. school staff).
Children and infants are also seen as inpatients on Kingfisher Ward and the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at Dorset County Hospital.
Children’s Therapy provides occupational therapy and physiotherapy for children from birth to school leaving age within the local authority areas of Weymouth and Portland, West Dorset, North Dorset and Purbeck. The team does not provide advice regarding housing and major adaptations. This service is provided by Dorset County Council.
To encourage the development of children to reach their full potential
To offer an assessment of need and treatment based on the child and family needs
To provide timely high quality care at locations appropriate to child's needs
To work with other key professionals involved in the child's care
Information for Families
Your first appointment
Depending upon the reason for your referral to Children’s Therapy your first appointment could take up to an hour. If you are seeing a physiotherapist please bring a pair of shorts. Click here for pictures of what you will see when you arrive.
Do I need to attend with my child?
Yes, it is important that someone with parental responsibility accompanies your child. This helps us assess your child’s needs and provides us with valuable information about any difficulties your child may be experiencing. We also need signed parental consent before we can assess/treat your child.
What if my child is unable to attend an appointment?
Please telephone us as soon as possible on 01305 254744 to inform us.
Demand for the service is high and it is important that we are able to offer the appointment to another child if you are unable to attend. Failure to inform us may result in your child being discharged from Children’s Therapy.