Your child’s first appointment may take place at one of the following places, but will be decided with you:
Your first appointment will usually last between 30 and 60 minutes.
The therapist will discuss and write down your concerns and find out more about your child and the difficulties they are having.
The therapist will ask for some background information including birth details, health issues, and talk about your child's general progress and family history.
There will be opportunities for your child to play while you chat to the therapist. Older children may be involved in discussions.
After discussions, the therapist may need to assess your child in more detail to find out their specific needs and to see if further support is needed.
The therapist may use one or more of the following ways to assess your child:
The therapist may also need talk to your child's nursery/playgroup or school teacher to get more information about their strengths and difficulties.
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The occupational therapy team supports children with specific difficulties which affect their ability to plan and carry out the movements required for everyday tasks. These difficulties may affect their awareness of their surroundings and self-care skills, which may impact on the child performing independently. We provide support to children across the whole of Hampshire, Southampton and Portsmouth.
Occupational therapists provide support and advice for children to from birth to 19 years. No types of difficulty or disability are excluded as we give support based on need, not diagnosis.
We support children with one or more of the following difficulties:
Occupational therapists assess children to build up a picture of their skills and find out their exact abilities, difficulties and needs. This may include one or more of the following:
After your first appointment, if further support is needed, we may suggest one or more of the following.
You will be involved in the decision-making process about your child's care at all stages. We will always review your child's progress with you.
The speech and language therapy team supports children with speech, language and communication needs and those with feeding and swallowing difficulties. Speaking and eating uses the same muscles and speech and language therapists are specially trained to help with specific difficulties with feeding and swallowing. Some children we see may have a medical condition or diagnosis or learning difficulty, but many do not. We provide support to children across the whole of Hampshire, Southampton and Portsmouth.
Speech and language therapists provide support and advice for children from birth to 19 years old. No types of difficulty or disability are excluded as we provide support based on need, not diagnosis.
Speech and language therapists assess children to build up a picture of their skills and find out their exact abilities, difficulties and needs. This may include one or more of the following:
who works in psychiatry is called a psychiatrist
is a medical field concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of
mental health conditions.
other mental health professionals, such as psychologists and counsellors,
psychiatrists must be medically qualified doctors who have chosen to specialise
in psychiatry. This means they can prescribe medication as well as recommend
other forms of treatment.
conditions that may be diagnosed and treated by a psychiatrist include:
also provide psychological support for people with long-term, painful
or terminal physical health conditions.
Dietitians are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public-health level. Uniquely, dietitians use the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.
Dietitians work with healthy and sick people in a variety of settings. They often work as integral members of multi-disciplinary teams to treat complex clinical conditions such as diabetes, food allergy and intolerance, eating disorders, malnutrition, kidney failure and bowel disorders. A key role of a dietitian is to train and educate other health and social care workers. They cannot offer advice where there would personal financial benefit.
Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals to be regulated by law, and are governed by an ethical code to ensure that they always work to the highest standard. Only those registered with statutory regulator, the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) can use the title of 'dietitian'. The minimum requirement is a BSc Hons in Dietetics, or a related science degree with a postgraduate diploma or higher degree in Dietetics.
The term 'nutritionist' is not currently protected by the Health Professionals Council and so its use is less precise than 'dietitian'. Indeed, currently, anyone regardless of qualifications, experience and skills can call herself or himself a 'nutritionist'. Some nutritionists are also registered dietitians. Association for Nutrition (AfN) is the professional body for qualified nutritionists. The AfN maintains the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN), a competency-based register of individuals who are qualified and competent in nutritional science and practice.