Occupational therapy enables people to participate in daily life to improve their health and wellbeing. Daily life is made up of many activities (or occupations).

Occupations for children or young people include:

  • self-care (getting ready to go out, eating a meal, using the toilet)
  • being productive (going to nursery or school, or volunteering)
  • leisure (playing with friends or doing hobbies)
Children undertaking tasks of school-work, leisure, play, and self-care

The overall aim of the Children's Occupational Therapy service in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent is to help children who have either a physical disability or a motor coordination difficulty to do the things they want and need to do in life.

This helps them to:

  • participate in their home life, school life, and in wider society
  • become as independent as possible in childhood and adulthood
  • reach their full potential
  • achieve a good quality of life

How we work

In order to do an activity well there are three factors:

  • the child
  • the task
  • the environment

An occupational therapist will analyse which factor needs to be addressed to enable a child to participate.

Diagram showing the overlap of child, task, and environment, to produce success

Child directed intervention

Advice or treatment which changes something about the way a child functions (e.g. better grip of a pen, better understanding of how to plan their movements, better ability to organise their workspace and body)

Environmental modification

Changing something about the people and the place where the child does the activity. Helping adults understand how best to help, altering seating or lighting or noise levels. (e.g. seating the child differently at mealtimes so they can cut up their food more easily)

Task adaptation

Making the task easier so the child can succeed, for example breaking the task into small steps, using different tools, or different materials. (e.g. special scissors, broader lines to cut along)

Referral Criteria

The service accepts appropriate referrals for children from 0 to 19 years of age who have either a physical disability or movement difficulty. This is a service which focusses on the physical skills of a child. Therefore we only see children who have mental health conditions such as Autism, Asperger's or ADHD if there is a clear physical difficulty occurring as well.

Occupational Therapy (Children) Contact Details

East Team (Lichfield, Tamworth and East Staffordshire)

Children's Occupational Therapy
Wilnecote Health Centre
49 Smithy Lane
B77 5LB

01782 427 450


North Team (North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent)

Hazel Trees
Duke Street
Stoke on Trent

01782 427 450


West Team (Stafford, Cannock and South Staffordshire)

The Bridge
Crooked Bridge Road
St. George's Parkway
ST16 3NE

01785 221 664