Children's Therapy Services

Each child is unique and individual, and will develop skills at different rates. If your child is having difficulty developing certain skills they may benefit from specialist assessment, support and advice from our service.

The Children’s Therapy Service is an integrated team made up of occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists and therapy assistants. We provide specialist therapy services for children and young people, between the ages of 0 -19, to support them to achieve their potential. We work all across the county of Lincolnshire in a variety of locations.

If your child is referred to us, you will have contact with a qualified occupational therapist, physiotherapist, or speech and language therapist. All our therapists are registered with the Health Care Professions Council (www.hcpc-uk.org) as well as their relevant professional bodies. Our therapists are supported by therapy assistants and assistant practitioners who often work alongside the therapists to provide support to children and their families. All members of our team are DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) checked to an extended level.

If you have any further questions or need to get in touch with us, our contact details are:

Children’s Therapy Services
Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust
Beech House
Waterside South
Lincoln
LN5 7JH

Telephone: 01522 309025

Email: LHNT.lincschildrenstherapyservice@nhs.net

Making a referral

Please click on the relevant therapy link below to access information about how your child can be referred to us. If the referral is accepted, you will receive an appointment within 18 weeks. This may be on the telephone or face-to-face depending on the type of referral and the needs of your child.

Who can refer to Children’s Speech and Language Therapy?

We have an open referral system. This means that we accept referrals from any source including from parents, health visitors, pre-schools, nurseries, mainstream and special schools, paediatricians and GPs.

Does my child need to be referred to Speech and Language Therapy?

Speech and language therapists work with children with a variety of difficulties. This includes children who have:

  • difficulties understanding what is being said
  • difficulties with vocabulary or putting words together
  • unclear speech
  • difficulty paying attention or listening to what has been said
  • difficulty communicating with others
  • difficulties with chewing and swallowing
  • a hearing impairment
  • a cleft lip and/or palate
  • a stammer/stutter (these words mean the same thing)

If you feel your child has difficulties in one or more of these areas, you may wish to use Talking Point’s Progress Checker to check the progress of your child’s communication development. Alternatively, if your child attends nursery or school, you may wish to discuss your concerns with them. Nurseries and schools have access to checklists and activities to support your child.

Please note that if your child is having difficulties with chewing and/or swallowing or has started to stammer then a referral should be made as soon as possible to ensure the correct advice is given to you. Click Here for further information about stammering.

Who can refer to the Children’s Occupational Therapy Team?

The Children’s Occupational Therapy Team accepts referrals completed by a healthcare professional, this includes health visitors, school nurses, GPs and paediatricians.

If you have any concerns regarding your child’s development it is important to discuss this with the most relevant healthcare professional available to you. They will then be able to organise a referral on your behalf.

Alternatively we can accept self-referrals from parents and guardians/carers. This can be done over the phone. Details will be taken by our business support and then you will receive a call from a therapist to discuss the referral.

Does my child need to be referred to children’s occupational therapy?

Our occupational therapists work with children with a variety of difficulties. This includes children with:

  • rheumatology conditions
  • orthopaedic problems (problems with joints or bones) that are causing functional problems
  • neurological conditions (for example cerebral palsy or traumatic brain injury)
  • muscular conditions (for example Charcot Marie Tooth)
  • children with profound and multiple learning disabilities where physical ability impacts on function or care.

At this current time, the Occupational Therapy Service is not commissioned to see children who have a diagnosis of Developmental Co-Ordination Disorder (DCD, also known as Dyspraxia) or to assess for this condition. The Occupational Therapy Service is also currently unable to see or assess children with sensory processing disorders or difficulties.

Does my child need to be referred to Children’s Physiotherapy?

The Children’s Physiotherapy Team accepts referrals completed by a healthcare professional, this includes Health Visitors, School Nurses, GPs and paediatricians.

If you have any concerns regarding your child’s physical development it is important to discuss this with the most relevant healthcare professional available to you. They will then be able to organise a referral on your behalf.

Alternatively we can accept self-referrals from parents and guardians/carers. This can be done over the phone. Details will be taken by our business support and then you will receive a call from a therapist to discuss the referral.

Does my child need to be referred to Children’s Physiotherapy?

Our Physiotherapists work with children with a variety of difficulties. This includes children who are experiencing:

  • delays reaching their developmental milestones (sitting, crawling, walking etc)
  • movement difficulties
  • co-ordination difficulties
  • balance difficulties
  • orthopaedic problems (problems with joints or bones)

We also see children with longer term conditions, such as:

  • rheumatology conditions
  • cystic fibrosis
  • neurological conditions (conditions affecting the brain)
  • muscular pathologies

Early intervention referrals

If you child is under five and you have concerns regarding their development that you can’t quite put your finger on, your health visitor will be able to register your child for an ‘early intervention’ appointment with us.

This is a screening appointment to help establish if your child requires further assessment and support from our service, or onward referral to other services for support.

Back to Children's Services Date last modified 03/12/2018