Children and young people's occupational therapy

We offer assessment, advice and therapy to children who have a wide range of special needs.

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapists help children and young people improve their ability to participate in everyday activities (“occupations”). These occupations may include self-care tasks (e.g. getting dressed, eating), play & leisure activities (e.g. riding a bicycle, playing with Lego) and participating in school life (e.g. using a pencil and scissors).

Occupational Therapists work closely with the child/young person, parents and teachers with the aim of helping the child to participate as fully as possible in their chosen occupations.

Who is the service for?

Disabled children or those with additional needs can be referred to Children‘s Occupational Therapy if they are having difficulties performing their daily occupations. These can be difficulties with:

  • completing self-care tasks (e.g. bathing, brushing teeth)
  • participating in daily school life (e.g. participating in PE lessons, organising their school equipment and work)
  • engaging in leisure and play activities (e.g. swinging on a swing, drawing & colouring)

Children must live within the borough of Enfield OR be registered with an Enfield GP. They must be aged between 0-18 years.

Unfortunately we are not commissioned to see children who attend an Enfield school but do not live in the borough nor have an Enfield GP. These children need to be referred to their home borough’s NHS Occupational Therapy service. 

Referrals for home equipment or housing adaptations need to go to Enfield Local Authority/Social Services Childrens Occupational Therapy Team. Please look at the Enfield council website for information on their service. 

How to access our service

Referrals to children’s Occupational Therapy are accepted from:

  • Registered Health Professionals (e.g. Paediatricians, GPs, Health Visitors, School Nurses, Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Therapists)
  • School SENCOs.

Referrers should fill out the Occupational Therapy referral form - please call the OT admin on 0208 702 5630 or email to request a referral form.

Contact details

Children and Young People’s Occupational Therapy Service

Cedar House, St Michael’s Site

Gater Drive

Enfield, Middlesex


0208 702 5630


World Federation of Occupational Therapy (2012) - Definition of Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and wellbeing through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement.