Frequently Asked Questions about Primary Care Paediatric Occupational Therapy

What is Paediatric Occupational Therapy?

Paediatric Occupational Therapy helps children and young people with different needs develop skills to perform the purposeful activities that make up everyday life. Occupational Therapy aims to help children be as independent as possible in their everyday lives.

Who can benefit from Primary Care Paediatric Occupational Therapy?

Children and young people who are experiencing any difficulty in performing the daily activities expected of them. This may include any of the following areas:

  • Self-care – dressing, toileting, feeding
  • Movement and coordination – balance skills, ball skills, hand-eye coordination
  • Sensory processing
  • Handwriting
  • Planning and organising skills at home or school

A National Programme and reconfiguration of Paediatric Services using a new service model called ‘ Progressing Disability Services for Children & Young People’ has commenced across the country. Children who experience complex functional difficulties and require support within a team will be referred to their local Children’s Disability Network Team (CDNT). Children with non-complex functional needs will be seen by Primary Care Services. For more information about this please refer to the PDS Programme.

Who may be referred to Cork Kerry Primary Care Paediatric Occupational Therapy?(Children must meet all of the following criteria)

  •  Aged 0-18 years
  • Experience non-complex functional difficulties in areas such as motor skills, sensory processing and self-care skills
  • Live in Cork or Kerry catchment area
  • Cannot be attending the following services: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), a North Lee/South Lee Children’s Disability Network Team (CDNT), the West Cork Child Development Service (WCCDS) and the Kerry Intervention & Disability Services (KIDS)

Who can refer?

  • Parents/Guardians
  • Teacher
  • Health professionals 
  • Educational Psychologists

How to make a referral?

  • Complete the referral form for your area
  • Please post to the address located at the top of the referral form
  • Please note that referrals will only be processed once a fully completed referral form is received

What should I expect after referral?

  • Once a referral is received it will be accepted or not accepted.
  • You will be informed in writing whether your referral has been accepted or not accepted.
  • All accepted referrals will be placed on a waiting list.
  • When your child has reached the top of the waiting list, you will be contacted and offered an initial assessment appointment date.
  • Following an initial assessment the occupational therapist will decide whether further assessment and/or intervention is appropriate