Haringey Children's Occupational Therapy Service
- Tynemouth Road Medical Centre
24 Tynemouth Road
- 020 3224 4312
Help without a referral
We provide a range of training and support for families and for those in education settings without needing a referral. Our team has produced videos on Classroom Participation, Supporting Children with Sensory Processing, Handwriting and Assistive Technology, Building Independence in Everyday Life and Sensory Smart Schools. Click here to see them.
Sensory differences and behaviour - Parent information
We hold online sessions every 2-3 months to help explain why some children have sensory processing differences and what can be done to support them. If you are a parent living in Haringey, you don’t need an OT referral, just email firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to download our booklet, Sensory Processing Differences.
Training for Early Years’ settings
We have two free training sessions for staff in Early Years’ settings:
- Self-Help Skills: Enabling Participation in Infants and Young Children
- Understanding the Impact of Sensory Differences in Nursery Participation
- Enabling participation in P.E. and self-care skills
- Enabling participation in school for children with sensory differences
- Enabling participation in the classroom and hand skills for function
Language and Autism Support
- Strategies for and approaches to managing behaviour
- Intervention packages for mainstream school staff working with children with autism at transition points, such as starting school or moving to secondary school
- Supporting pupils in understanding their autism diagnosis through the ‘Autism and me’ programme
Links to helpful information
- Haringey’s offer for children and families with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND)
- Haringey’s Language and Autism help.
- National Autistic Society advice and guidance pages.
- Ambitious about Autism charity has developed a parent toolkit called ‘Right from the start’ to guide parents and carers through their child’s journey in the early years. It has practical tips, checklists and signposts to sources of support. You can download a free toolkit.
- Haringey Autism offers parent support/info. Contact Julia Wilkins to be added to an email distribution list for the voluntary parents’ organisation email@example.com 07925147296
- ERIC Bladder and Bowel Charity – information and advice on working towards toilet training.
- Bladder & Bowel UK – advice for all ages and a national helpline manned by a specialist team.
An independent charity, Markfield provides an inclusive community hub where people can play, socialise and get information and support. Click here for their brochure.
Talk to the Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCo) at your child's nursery or school about any diagnosis and available support in school. Children in a Haringey nursery can receive support from an ‘Area SENCo’ in the Early Years Inclusion Team.
9am to 5pm
Referrals can only be made by healthcare/educational professionals (click here to download our form).
Send completed forms to: whh-tr.CDCReferrals@nhs.net
Referral queries: 020 3224 4312
- Completing self-care tasks (e.g., bathing, brushing teeth, dressing or toileting)
- Participating in daily life at school/nursery
- Engaging in leisure and play activities
- The child/young person must be between 0-19 years
- They must have a GP in Haringey or attend a school/nursery under the Haringey local authority. If they attend a school out of borough and require input in school, please refer them to the OT service in that borough
- The child/young person must experience functional difficulties with more than one everyday task (e.g., self-care, school activities, play activities)
- Children over 6 months with seating and postural needs are accepted for referral (but not for dysphasia reasons only)
- Referrals for difficulties with handwriting/scissor skills where there is no other functional concern
- Referrals that just say ‘fine motor difficulties’, ‘sensory processing difficulties’ or ‘Developmental Co-ordination Disorder/Dyspraxia diagnosis’
- Referrals where the sole purpose is behaviour management
We are not able to accept self-referrals. Please speak to the SENCO at your child’s education setting or a healthcare professional that knows your child if you feel a referral is required.