Children’s Community Therapies

Children’s Therapies is service which involves healthcare professionals working together to deliver care. This will include Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, and Speech and Language Therapists.

We care for children or young people aged from birth to 16 years of age, and up to 19 years-old if in a Sandwell school.
The team works with other services within the Trust and NHS and social care organisations in the area to provide the right care and treatment of children and young people. Care will also be provided by community children’s nurses, health visitors, doctors and school health nurses. 

Where does the service work?
We work in the place or places where the child can best be seen. This may be at:

  • mainstream schools and nurseries
  • clinics and health centres
  • special schools
  • Coneygre Centre in Tipton
  • the family home
  • children’s centres
  • nursery and playgroup settings.

How does the service deliver care?
Children’s therapists work with partners within the local authority (councils) to deliver services at universal, targeted and specialist level:

  • Universal – provides information and advice for all children and young people.
  • Targeted – this will give support to children in partnership with other health and social care professionals.
  • Specialist – this will provide one to one assessments and treatments.

The service will work with children and young people who have difficulties with the functional skills that may be because of a developmental or acquired disability and/or end of life condition.

For more information about disabled access for this service, please click here.

Our Occupational Therapists provide assessments and treatment for children and young people with physical disabilities, illness or injury, to support development, learn new skills and be able to function on a daily basis.
They will look at the way a child

  • is able to self-care
  • behaves when playing or doing other leisure activities
  • carries out their school work.

What do they do?
Occupational therapists work with children and young people who have physical disabilities or co-ordination problems, which affects them taking part in the everyday activities.
If difficulties are highlighted the therapist will discuss the right sort of treatment options available, which may include:

  • developing their skills
  • using specific therapy techniques/interventions from a range of approaches which will:
    • encourage development of normal movement patterns
    • prevent a deterioration in the child’s posture or loss of range of movement
    • help children to organise themselves within activities, attend to tasks and develop their co-ordination
  • adapting the task (or activity) to enable children to participate as fully as possible
  • adapting the environment through the use of specialist equipment.

Below is a list of useful websites. Click the links to see the information they provide.
Royal College of Occupational Therapists – Home (rcot.co.uk)

Cerebral Palsy
Home (dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk)
Fledglings
Cerebra – Working with you and your amazing child

 

The Speech and Language Therapy service is a large team of speech and language therapists, and assistants working across Sandwell.
Our service provides a child-centered and family orientated approach which means keeping the child in focus when making decisions about their lives and working in partnership with them and their families.

Who do they work with?
Speech and Language Therapists work with children who may have difficulties with:

  • speech sounds
  • language
  • stammering
  • feeding difficulties
  • their voice
  • social communication and interaction

What do they do?
Depending on your child’s needs, a Speech and Language Therapist will try a range of different activities and work in different settings. This could include any one or more of the following:

  • assessing and treating speech, language and communication problems
  • offering advice and support about speech, language and communication
  • observing your child in different settings
  • liaising with school/nursery staff, professionals and parents
  • training other professionals and parents in identifying and managing speech, language and communication difficulties
  • signposting to other services, groups, support networks according to a child’s needs.

Our speech and language therapists and assistants aim to support parents/carers to:

  • be more confident in supporting their child’s speech, language and communication or swallowing needs.
  • increase their knowledge about how to support their child’s speech, language and communication or swallowing needs.
  • develop new skills to use to support their child’s speech, language and communication or swallowing needs.

Below is a list of useful websites and videos. Please click the link to see the information.

Speech and language therapy | RCSLT
Speech and Language UK: Changing young lives
The Communication Trust (speechandlanguage.org.uk)
Children’s language development and parenting advice – BBC Tiny Happy People
Words for Life | National Literacy Trust | Words for Life
RADLD – Raising Awareness of Developmental Language Disorder – RADLD
Welcome to Stamma | STAMMA
Home (dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk)
National Autistic Society (autism.org.uk)
Home (makaton.org)

Videos:
YouTube Video – Intensive Interaction Parent Care information Session
YouTube Video – Speech and Language Information Session – How to use visuals at home
YouTube Videos – Intensive Interaction Videos

The Paediatric/children’s Physiotherapy team work with children and young people who have difficulties or a disability which affects their movement, making it hard to take part in daily activities.
The team will assess youngsters and provide treatment to help children with physical difficulties so they are able to reach their full potential and improve their quality of life.

Who do they work with?
Physiotherapists work with children who may have difficulties with:

  • mobility
  • muscle weakness
  • balance
  • development

What do they do?
Following an assessment any treatment will be fully discussed with the child and their family and agreed jointly.

Families will be fully involved with delivering physiotherapy for their child if needed. It’s important that our physiotherapists work closely with parents and education staff.

Below is a list of useful websites:
Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists | Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (csp.org.uk)

Cerebral Palsy
Home (dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk)
Fledglings
Cerebra – Working with you and your amazing child

 

 

The therapist will ask you some questions about your child’s development. The therapist may use toys and pictures to encourage your child to interact. They will discuss their findings with you and agree on the next steps.
Parents will have an opportunity to ask questions and talk about any worries.  The appointment could last between 60 and 90 minutes.

After the appointment your child might be:

  • discharged if there are no further concerns
  • discharged with advice and recommendations made to universal services
  • reviewed in clinic, nursery, school or home
  • recommended for specialist equipment 
  • placed on a list for therapy

Parents can self-refer via a dedicated referral telephone number. If you would like to make an appointment for a child to see a therapist, please call the FASTA line (Faster Access to Sandwell Therapy Assessment): 0121 612 2010. 

The child or young person must have one of the following:

  • a Sandwell residential address
  • be registered at a Sandwell GP practice
  • attend a school in Sandwell

FASTA opening times are:
Monday to Wednesday: 8.30am-12.30pm and 1.30-4pm

Thursday 9am-12.30pm and 1.30-3.30pm
(Closed for lunch between 12.30-1.30pm)

During school holidays:
Monday to Wednesday: 8.30am-12.30pm
Thursday: 9am-12pm

Where to find us
The Children’s Therapies team, work from three clinics across Sandwell:

The Lyng, second floor,
Children’s Therapies Services,
West Bromwich
B70 7AW                                                     

Glebefields Health Centre
St Marks Road
Tipton
DY4 0SY

Victoria Health Centre
5 Suffrage Street
Smethwick
B66 3PZ