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Paediatric Joint Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Co-ordination Assessment

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Your child has been referred for a coordination assessment. This will be a joint assessment between occupational therapy and physiotherapy.

What is occupational therapy?
Occupational therapists (OTs) are concerned with promoting independence and improving a child’s functional performance enabling children to participate in daily life and improve their health and wellbeing. Daily life is made up of many activities (occupations). Occupations for children may include self-care (washing/dressing/eating), leisure (playing/hobbies) and being productive
(going to nursery or school).

What is paediatric physiotherapy?
Paediatric physiotherapists are concerned with a child’s physical skills and ability to participate in playground and PE activities. Physiotherapists focus on gross motor skills, posture and balance.
Exercise programmes are then designed specific to each child’s needs.

About your appointment
On arrival at each appointment please inform the reception staff that you are here. At your first appointment you will be required to fill in some forms before you see your therapists, so please
arrive 10 minutes early to allow you to do this. If you arrive late, your appointment may need to be rescheduled for another time. If you do not attend your first appointment you will be discharged back to your referring Doctor or GP.

How will my child be assessed & treated?
At your first appointment, your child will be assessed using standardised assessments to allow the therapists to establish how your child is performing in relation to their peers. The therapists may also use a variety of other observational tasks to further establish any other difficulties they may have. Following the assessment, the therapists will feed back to you any conclusions they have made and there will be an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have in relation to your child’s needs. The therapists will produce a report outlining the findings from the assessment and a copy of this will be sent to you, as well as the referring clinician and your GP.

Treatment is based upon an assessment of your child’s needs and the formation of an individual treatment programme. Paediatric physiotherapists and occupational therapists recognise the importance of working in partnership with the child, parents/ carers and school to maximise a child’s’ physical abilities and independence.

Treatment may include:

Improve movement, flexibility, stability and strength. For younger children this may be play based activities.

Activity advice
For example, sporting or leisure activities which are recommended to improve strength.

Lifestyle advice
Healthy eating, activity levels, sleep and pacing of activity.

Liaison with/ referral to other professionals
We work closely with other professionals including education and with your permission may liaise or make onward referrals to meet your child’s needs.

Follow-Up Appointments
Any subsequent appointments will be arranged between you and your therapist(s).

If you cannot attend an appointment please give at least 24 hours’ notice so we can allocate the appointment to another patient. If you miss an appointment without notice you may be discharged back to your referring Doctor.

When the course of treatment is complete, the therapist will advise you on self-management of your child’s condition. A letter will be written to you and your referring Doctor outlining the course of treatment and the outcome.

What should I bring?
– Your child needs to be in clothing which they feel comfortable in and allows them to move around freely.
– Please also ensure they are wearing securely fitting footwear.
– Any correspondence relating to your child’s current condition such as clinic appointments or letters regarding previous treatments.
– For young children you may wish to bring favourite toys which motivate or calm them.

Additional Information
In order to allow both you and your therapist to focus on your child it is helpful to arrange childcare for siblings if they are likely to be distracting or disruptive. We recognise that siblings can also be helpful and so leave this to your discretion, however they must remain with you throughout the appointments as we are unable to leave children unsupervised in the waiting or treatment areas.

Achieving the best possible outcome depends on many factors including:
– Following the advice of your therapist and attending your appointments at the times required.
– Being consistent with your child’s home exercise programme and any other advice given.
– Research has shown that to achieve optimal physical function, all aspects of health must be addressed including:
– Being a healthy weight.
– Taking part in regular and appropriate exercise.

How to find us
We are situated on the ground floor of Stony Stratford Health Centre, Market Square, Stony Stratford, MK11 1BE. There is free short stay parking on Market Square, and behind the health centre in the Cofferidge Close car park, as well as many other car parks around Stony Stratford.

Contact Information
Children’s Physiotherapy
Stony Stratford Health Centre
Market Square
Milton Keynes
MK11 1BE
Telephone: 01908 263306

Opening hours:
Mon: 8:15 – 17:00
Tues: 8:15 – 17:00
Wed: 8:15 – 17:00
Thurs: 8:15 – 17:00
Fri: 8:15 – 16:30

Who will have access to my child’s records?
The Data Protection Act strictly controls access to personal data and this includes health records. You will be kept informed of your child’s progress and their records will only be shared on a strict need to know basis in the child’s best interest. These records are held electronically and will be used to ensure that your child receives the correct care and treatment.

Patient Experience Team
If you have any comments, compliments or suggestions with regard to your treatment experience, please contact the PALS team: Telephone: 01908 995954 Email: [email protected]