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Children and Young People’s Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists work with children to help them to be more independent with everyday activities, such as self care, school work and any interests or hobbies.

The purpose of the Children and Young People's Occupational Therapy Service is to enable people to participate in daily activities (or occupations) to improve their health, independence and wellbeing. Occupations for children or young people may include self-care (dressing, eating a meal), being productive (participating in activities at nursery or school,) and play.

We see children with a variety of conditions such as cerebral palsy or autism which can affect their ability both at home and at school. Occupational therapists can help children and young people and their families who may need support and advice if they are not able to participate in their daily occupations.

We work with other relevant people such as teachers and therapists to evaluate needs and provide intervention that strengthens the child's ability in their daily activities. This service usually occurs within the child's natural environment for example at home or school. Specialist assessments and intervention may take place in a clinic.


We have two bases:

  • Children's & Young Peoples Therapy Centre, 48 Blackwin Street, Gorton Manchester M12 5JY
  • Baguley Clinic, Hall Lane, Baguley , Manchester  M23 1NA


Monday to Friday 8.30 am - 4.30 pm

Contact Details:

Baguley Clinic, Hall Lane, Baguley , Manchester M23 1NA  Tel: 445 1295.

Additional Support:

Below are some website that may be useful:

British Association of Occupational Therapy


The is the website for profession of occupational therapy



CanChild is a research and educational centre that provides evidence-based information to improve the lives of children and youth with disabilities and their families.



Do2Learn uses technology and the web to provide special learning resources for individuals with disabilities and the professionals and caregivers who serve them.

Dyspraxia Association


The Dyspraxia Foundation is a countrywide charity, founded in 1987 as the Dyspraxia Trust by two mothers who met at Great Ormond Street Hospital for sick children. After being told that their children had dyspraxia they were astonished and dismayed to discover that no facilities existed to help or inform parents and children with the condition. They decided to form their own group to help others to help themselves.

Handwriting without tears


An easy way to teach pre-printing, printing, and cursive handwriting for all children from reception through to year.



HemiHelp is a UK based charity for people with hemiplegia and their families. The website has lots of useful information for people with this condition.

Hemi -kids http://www.hemikids.org - online support for children

Ian's Shoelace Site


Learn traditional and adapted types of knots to tie your shoelaces in simple and basic steps, with lots of visual supports. Whether you're after shoelace tying speed, simplicity, security or style, there are 18 different shoelace knots to choose from, including several that Ian, the creator of the website, has created himself.

National Autistic Association


A leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. The website provides information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism.

Occupational Therapy Plan


An activity idea search engine for children's  occupational therapy activities. Match skills you want to work on, with materials you have, to a detailed occupational therapy treatment activity.

Sensory Integration Network


A useful resource for finding out more about sensory integration.


Laila Baig - Head of Service

Lorraine Donegan -  Team Coordinator - Baguley

Catherine Glynn  - Team Coordinator - Gorton



Referrals can be received for children and young people aged between 0 - 19 years who are registered with a Manchester GP.

Referrals are accepted from paediatricians and for some cases occupational therapists and physiotherapists.

Completion of the Children's & Young People's Service Referral form is required.

Additional Information:

www.hemihelp.org.uk - for children and young people with Hemiplegia

Hemi -kids http://www.hemikids.org - online support for children with Hemiplegia or Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy

http://www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk/ for developmental and coordination disorders

www.nas.org.uk - National Autistic Society

www.cot.co.uk - British Association of Occupational Therapy

http://www.sensoryintegration.org.uk - Sensory Integration Network

http://childbraininjurytrust.org.uk/ - Child Brain Injury Trust

www.headway.org.uk - Brain Injury Association

Awards / Recognitions:

Gold Governance Quality Label 2010

Reduced waiting times from 120 weeks to 16 weeks in 2009/10