Children's occupational therapy (health)

What is occupational therapy (OT) ?

Our health occupational therapy service works with children and young people to help develop and increase the skills they need to use in their everyday lives. We do this through play and activities at home and nursery or school.

  • We will see your child in a clinic at Seaside View, at home, pre-school or school to assess for areas of difficulty.
  • A report will be written identifying any area in which your child needs help.
  • Advice may include activity programmes, how to adapt tasks to your child’s ability and advice about and provision of equipment

Please note that there is a separate social care occupational therapy service for children. This team organises equipment and adaptations for your family's home.

Who can use the children's occupational therapy (health) service?

We work with children and young people who

  • Have difficulties that effect their ability to perform everyday activities because of physical, developmental or sensory disabilities
  • Live in Brighton & Hove 
  • Are aged between 0-16 years (up to 19 if in special education)

Please note that the children's social care occupational therapy service has slightly different age criteria.

How can a child be referred to our service?

Any health or education professional can refer a child to our service. All referrals go to the Seaside View referrals panel. The panel will decide if our service is right for your child.

How does the occupational therapy (health) service work with children?

For further information you can download a child-friendly occupational therapy service leaflet (PDF 378kb) specifically for your child to explain how our service works to them.

Parents/carers can find out more in the occupational therapy service leaflet (PDF 295kb)

How can you help your child?

After your child has been seen by us

  • Encourage your child to carry out any activity programme at home regularly.
  • Keep us informed of any changes, you know your child best
  • If your child is seen by other professionals, please make them aware of our involvement so information can be shared.

Who else do we work with?

  • Social Care Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Paediatricians
  • Health Visitors and Nursery Nurses
  • Social Services
  • Pre-school special educational needs service (PRESENS)
  • Psychologists and counsellors
  • Teaching staff and Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCOs)
  • Voluntary services

Information about you

All the occupational therapists work as part of the council's Children and Families Services. The information you give is kept confidential to the service. It may be shared between team members and other staff to help plan the best care for your child. All information we share is on a “need to know” basis and everyone will act professionally with the information you give us. We will use some of the information for monitoring purposes to make sure we are offering the right service to meet local needs. In special circumstances we may need to share information with other professionals, for example, to keep a child safe and protected from harm.

How to contact the Health Occupational Therapy service

You can contact the health occupational therapy service directly at:

Seaside View Child Development Centre 
Brighton General Hospital 
Elm Grove 
Brighton BN2 3EW
Occupational Therapy 
Tel: (01273) 265806

Accessibility at Seaside View

Read about the Social Care Children's Occupational Therapy Service.

Useful links

You may find the following websites useful
Ideas, guidance and information on everything from early years to further education
A wealth of information which may help parents, schools and health professionals to better support young people during the transition from primary to secondary school
A guide for parents and educators to help children and young people in the preparation for their transition from one educational establishment to another or onto employment
Amaze is a local voluntary organisation which gives information, advice and support to parents of children with special needs and disabilities in Brighton & Hove.
Supports individuals and families affected by developmental dyspraxia through books, suggestions, a teen newsletter, and an adult support group.
The National Handwriting Association is a charity who aims to promote good practice in the teaching of handwriting and to support those who work with children with handwriting difficulties. They have advice and information booklets available to purchase.
Useful resources for primary age children. Visit the resources section of the site for free printable resources on literacy, numeracy and more.
The National Autistic Society is a UK charity for people affected by autism.

Many people with an autistic spectrum condition have difficulty processing everyday sensory information for example being over sensitive to sounds, sights or smells and this can have a profound effect on their life. Useful information about this as well as advice and strategies can be found in The Sensory World of Autism section
Scope is a charity for disabled people and their families. They have a range of services which includes providing support, advice and information for people with disabilities and their family members.
Cerebra is a national charity that strives to improve the lives of children with brain-related neurological conditions, through research, education and direct, ongoing support.
HemiHelp is a membership organisation supporting children and young people with hemiplegia, and their families. HemiHelp provides a support network for parents, there are useful and practical information sheets available on the website and they run events days throughout the country for children and their families