We work with children up to the age of 19 and their families, giving them the help they need to achieve the outcomes they want.
We provide Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy and specialist Dietetic services for children throughout Berkshire.
Our therapists will take into account yours and your child’s specific needs (when assessing their physical and communication skills). We will ask you about the impact of your child’s difficulties and work with you to agree practical and realistic aims and how we will work together to reach them. We offer an integrated approach to assessment and care planning so that the right people are involved in assessing your child and supporting you to help them achieve their goals.
Our role also includes providing support and training for carers and professional staff.
The areas we specialise in are:
- Occupational Therapy for Children– this team specialises in self-care and play activities to help increase independence, encourage development and support ability to carry out daily tasks
- Physiotherapy – this team specialises in assessing and treating children with difficulties that affect their movement and physical development and can work with you to prevent disability associated with existing conditions
- Speech and Language Therapy for Children – this team specialises in assessing and supporting children who have speech, language and communication difficulties that affects their ability to communicate with others and learn and some eating and drinking problems
- Dietetics – this team offers advice on nutrition for children who are not able to eat enough nutrients orally and might require help by feeding though a tube.
Please note that some Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy services for children are provided by the Royal Berkshire Hospital. They have a different referral process and they should be contacted directly.
- If you are in the Slough, Windsor, Ascot, Maidenhead or Bracknell areas please contact CYPIT to access the Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy service.
- If you are in Reading, Wokingham or Newbury areas please read the information below:
Children who should be referred to the Royal Berkshire Hospital:
- Children under school age who live in the Reading and Wokingham area. (Children under school age , who live in the Newbury area, are seen by CYPIT – please ring our triage line)
- Children under school age, who live in the Newbury, Reading and Wokingham Local Authority areas.
- Children of all ages who do not have a statement or Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) who live in the Newbury, Reading and Wokingham areas.
The Royal Berkshire Hospital (RBH) requires a medical referral for Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy. We do not manage these referrals.
The contact details for the RBH are: Dingley Specialist Children’s Centre, 3-5 Craven Road, Reading, RG1 5LF. Tel: 0118 322 5213. For children not described above, please contact the Berkshire Healthcare's Health Hub on 0300 3651234.
When you contact us, a trained call handler will ask you for your details and what you are concerned about so they can direct you to the right service. The questions they will ask will allow them to complete the referral form on your behalf so they can advise you about the next steps. If you are ringing for advice they will put you through to our dedicated advice line where you will have the chance to speak to a therapist.
The advice line opening hours are:
- Monday from 8.30am until 12.30pm
- Wednesday 1pm until 5pm
- Friday from 8.30am until 12.30pm
When you speak to one of our therapists we will discuss your concerns and ask for information about your child’s development.
We will often direct you to our online toolkit so that you can find information to help your child. This is an online resource which will provide you with information about your child’s development, downloadable advice sheets and an indication of when a referral to CYPIT might be needed
If it is appropriate, we might suggest that you bring your child in to see us at a location in your local area.
If your child is not yet in school and there are concerns about your child’s speech, language or communication you may be advised to attend one of our Speech and Language Therapy drop-in clinics.
If your child is of school-age you may be asked to contact the school’s Special Eductional Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) to access our school-based therapy service.