Occupational therapy for children and young people

Helping children to develop the skills needed to learn, play and care for themselves.


Our occupational therapists help children and young people to develop the skills needed for learning, self-care and play. They specialise in assessing and promoting:

  • motor skills – strength, hand skills, coordination
  • cognitive skills – learning, attention, problem solving
  • perceptual skills –body awareness, visual
  • sensory and psychosocial skills – self-esteem, behaviour
We assess and treat:
  • premature and full-term babies and children with delayed physical, sensory or cognitive development
  • conditions like cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophies and epilepsy
  • children with joint laxity or motor coordination such as developmental coordination disorder (DCD)
  • delayed or atypical sensory processing skills – irritable/difficult to settle babies, 'on the move' children or children who avoid participating in age-appropriate activities
  • children after illness, injury or surgery
  • children who may need a splint or specialised equipment

Please note that we do not provide a paediatric intensive care unit at Cromwell Hospital. However, any deteriorating child will be quickly assessed and stabilised by a Resident Medical Officer (RMO) trained in paediatric intensive care, supported by an on-call Paediatric Intensive Care Consultant, before being transferred to the most appropriate paediatric intensive care provider by the Children’s Acute Transport Service (CATS).

“I had a great experience at the Cromwell Hospital; the staff were amazing, and is another level of professionalism compared to other hospitals I’ve stayed in.”

Lorne, Cromwell Hospital patient

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Our opening hours are 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday, and 8am to 2pm Saturdays.

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