Children’s Therapy (overview)

The Children’s Therapies service is an integrated team working with children with physical and/or communication difficulties.  The team consists of 










We have a highly skilled and dedicated team who work together to develop the best possible combination of therapies for each individual child, along with his or her family


The main administrative base for Children’s Therapies is The Lyng Centre.  Other local facilities include Glebefields Health Centre, RowleyRegisHospital, The Lyng Centre and Victoria Health Centre.  Therapy is delivered in a variety of locations including the child’s home, school, nurseries and clinics.  

We take an individual approach to each child.  After consultation with the children and their families, children may be offered one or more of the following services depending upon their needs. 

OT offers a service for children with physical disabilities which affect a child’s ability to participate in everyday activities which s/he either wants, needs or is expected to take part in.  The difficulties may impact upon play, leisure and/or access to education. 

PT offers a service to children with physical conditions resulting in the limitation of movement and function as a result of disability or illness, which may be improved, controlled or alleviated. 

SLT offers a service for children with communication difficulties which can impact on both learning and social interaction.  They also offer a service for children with physical or sensory-based feeding difficulties.

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If you would like to see an Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist or Speech and Language Therapist please call the FASTA (Faster Access to Speech and Language Therapy Assessment): 0121 612 2010

Opening times are as follows:
Monday 8.30 – 4.00pm
Tuesday 8.30 – 4.00pm
Wednesday 8.30 – 4.00pm
Thursday 9.30 – 4.00pm (closed for lunch between 12.30 – 1.30)
Friday 9.00 – 4.00 (term time only)

You will be asked to give your child’s details and briefly explain your concerns. You will then be offered a choice of clinic; your first appointment will be arranged over the telephone and confirmed by letter and/or SMS text.

What happens at the first appointment?
The therapist will see all children in clinic for the first assessment. He/she will talk to parents to discuss concerns they may have and find out some background information about the child. They will then assess the child and parents will have an opportunity to ask questions and talk about any worries.  The appointment will last no longer than an hour.

Concerns raised about a child’s movement abilities and/or communication skills?

1. Offer advice to the parents/ implement strategies at nursery / school to help develop the child’s skills.
2. Review the situation
3. If progress is achieved, update/ continue with the advice/ strategies
4. If no progress has been achieved consider the child’s other skills: does he/ she have global developmental delay or a specific difficulty?
5. If the child has a specific difficulty speak to the family about your concerns and explain that you think that Occupational Therapy / Physiotherapy / Speech and Language Therapy may be able to help them/ their child.
6. Give the Mum/ Dad/ Carer the FASTA hotline number – 0121 612 2010 (see above for opening times).  Provide a reminder of the phone number by giving parents/ carers a compliments slip or business card.

Remember … if you are ever unsure of whether to refer, contact your local clinic or ask your named therapist

Glebefields Health Centre – 0121 530 8035
The Lyng Centre – 0121 612 2345
Victoria Health Centre – 0121 612 3093
Rowley Regis Hospital – 0121 507 6348

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