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Occupational Therapy

We support children and young people to perform everyday activities, become as independent as possible, and interact with others and the world around them. 

The children who use our service find things like dressing, feeding, handwriting, socialising and play difficult. This could be due to a problem with their fine motor skills, coordination skills, perception skills and/or sensory processing (the ability to make sense of the world around them). We also provide advice, and recommendations for equipment such as splints, sensory strategies, adapted cutlery, writing aids, specialist seating and switches. 

Please visit our sensory processing pages for more information on how to support your child, including helpful short videos.

How was your care? 

Please tell us about the care you received from us. All your comments are really important to us and will help us to improve the service you receive. Please visit the iWantGreatCare website and choose 'Children's Therapy Services'. Thank you.

We may be able to help by:

  • Providing you and anyone else involved in supporting your child (eg education staff) with training and advice
  • Providing recommendations, approaches and activities to support your child in a range of different environments
  • Providing advice and recommendations for specialist equipment (such as splints, sensory strategies, adapted cutlery, writing aids, specialist seating, and switches)
  • Contributing to Educational Healthcare plans and transition planning
  • Providing direct therapy with your child individually or in a group when needed.

We work closely in partnership with you, your family, education staff and a range of professionals to help your child achieve the goals that we have agreed with you.

Please check that all the strategies relating to the difficulties your child or young peson is currently experiencing in the relevant sections in our Health and Development area. If you have tried these and you still have concerns please contact us as below.


East - Slough, Windsor, Ascot, Maidenhead or Bracknell

We accept referrals for all children and young people from 0-19 years using our online referral form.

West - Reading, Wokingham or Newbury 

We will only accept referrals for children who are school aged and have an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP).

For children in the west who do not have an EHCP please refer to Dingley Paediatric Occupational Therapy Service at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. Please see the Royal Berkshire Hospital website (opens in new window) for details of their referral criteria and how to contact them. 

Sensory processing workshops

Does your child:

  • Avoid doing things because of how it makes them feel?
  • Find the demands of the school classroom challenging?
  • Get overwhelmed in busy or noisy places?
  • Find it difficult to focus or sit still?
  • Move, push or 'crash' more than others?

Our Occupational Therapy team are pleased to introduce our online workshops to help you.

They are for parents, carers and those working with children and young people. Our aim is to help you understand the sensory needs that a child or young person may have. We offer strategies, practical advice and tips on how you can help a child or young person to manage their sensory needs every day.

Please see this page for more information on when the sessions are running and how to join

Handwriting essentials workshop

  • Does your child find it hard to hold a pencil?
  • Do they use too much or too little pressure?
  • Do they have difficulty forming their letters correctly?
  • Do they struggle to keep their letters on the lines?

This online workshop offers strategies, practical advice and tips on how to support handwriting development in children and young people. These sessions are designed for parents and carers and those working within primary school age settings.

Please visit this page for more information on when the sessions are running and how to join

 If your child/young person is already known to our service and you have a query, concern, or need advice, or you need to cancel/re-arrange a scheduled appointment, please call your local administration team: