Advice and information

There are things that you can do at home to help your child’s development.

For information on what to expect and how your child develops, access this handy guide

Please click on the relevant therapy link below to access more information.

Before referral

You’re welcome at any children’s centre which offer services for families and carers with children from birth to five. They offer a fantastic variety of activities, free drop in sessions and helpful services. There are 48 centres throughout Lincolnshire.

Attending groups can enhance your child’s social skills and support them to become confident communicators- this can help them to become ready for school. To find your nearest children’s centre click here.

If your child attends nursery or school, you may find it useful to talk to the special educational needs coordinator about your child’s speech and language. Ask if you are unsure who this is. If your child is not in a setting, you can discuss any concerns with a health visitor who can also provide early advice.

You will find more useful information by clicking on the links below.

http://www.talkingpoint.org.uk/

https://www.stammering.org

http://www.ican.org.uk/

http://www.ndcs.org.uk/

https://www.clapa.com/

After referral

It is very important that you attend all appointments offered and follow the advice given. You may be given specific activities to do with your child- they will need to be carried out regularly (at least four times a week) in order for your child to make progress.

Advice leaflets

Early talking

Listening and attention

Talking fluently

Talking together

Towards clear speech

Children’s centres are accessible for children from 0 to five and offer groups and support that may help your child’s early development. To find your nearest children’s centre click here.

If your child is nursery or school aged, you may find it useful to talk to your child’s teacher or the special educational needs coordinator (SENCO) about your child’s difficulties and your concerns. Primary schools have access to a resource called ‘1st Move: A Fine and Gross Motor Resource for Teachers’. This resource is designed to be used without occupational therapy support and may help to address some of your child’s fine motor difficulties before they are seen by our service.

If your child is under five, you can speak to your health visitor who can also provide early advice.

Information regarding occupational therapy can be found on their governing body’s website:

www.cot.co.uk

We have a variety of information sheets which you may find useful, which include advice and tips on some common topics. Click on each of these to view and download.

Child’s Hand Strength

Cutlery and Feeding

Handwriting and Pencil Grip

Hypermobility – General Advice

You may also find more useful information by clicking on the links below. Please note that these websites offer generalised advice only and not specific services:

https://www.brainwave.org.uk/

http://www.therapystreetforkids.com/

You are welcome at any children’s centre which offer services for families and carers with children from birth to five. They offer a fantastic variety of activities, free drop in sessions and helpful services. There are 48 centres throughout Lincolnshire. To find your nearest children’s centre click here.

If your child is nursery or school aged, you may find it useful to talk to your child’s teacher or the special educational needs coordinator (SENCO) about your child’s difficulties and your concerns. Primary schools have access to a resource called ‘1st Move: A Fine and Gross Motor Resource for Teachers’. This resource is designed to be used without physiotherapy support and may help to address some of your child’s difficulties before they are seen by our service.

If your child is under five, you can speak to your health visitor who can also provide early advice.

Information regarding physiotherapy can be found on their governing body’s website:

www.csp.org.uk

You may also find more useful information by clicking on the links below. Please note that these websites offer generalised advice only and not specific services:

http://www.hemihelp.org.uk/

http://www.steps-charity.org.uk/

https://www.perthes.org.uk/

https://www.brainwave.org.uk/

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