Children's Therapy Service - Bristol and South Gloucestershire
Our Children’s Therapy Service works with children and young people who have developmental difficulties relating to communication, movement or functional skills. The team is comprised of Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists for children and young people aged 0 to 19 years, and Speech and Language Therapists for 0-4 years.
Our therapists work closely together to provide a range of services for families, including telephone information, drop in sessions and training courses, as well as 1:1 assessments and clinical support, depending on the individual needs of each child or young person.
How to refer
If you have a concern about your child’s language or communication skills, please call our Speech and Language Therapy Helpline, which is available every Wednesday between 9am and 12pm on 07825 016335.
If your child is under 5, you can also access drop in sessions in the community, as well as parent courses. When children reach school age, we provide linked services based in their school. You can read more about this on our Speech and Language Therapy courses and drop in web pages – or alternatively, speak to your child’s teacher. You can also read more information about our Speech and Language Therapy service here.
If you have a concern about your child’s movement, or ability to undertake everyday tasks, please call our Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Helpline, which is available every Wednesday between 9am and 12pm on 07917 393196. You can make a referral yourself or access a referral via an appropriate professional, such as your GP or school nurse, or your school. Read more about this on the Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy web pages.
There is also an email address for the entire Children’s Therapy Service - Sirona.AhpIntegratedTherapy@nhs.net - which you can access if you have a query.
Referring a child already known to the service
Please follow the same procedure as above for a new referral. Take the time to explain how things have changed and what the new concern is. It is helpful to name your previous therapist - efforts will be made to allocate you to the same therapist, if this is possible.
Speech and Language Therapy Helpline
Available every Monday and Wednesday between 9am and 4pm
Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Helpline
Available every Wednesday between 9am and 12pm
07917 393196 (this number is live from 2 August 2017)