What to expect from your appointment
Your First Appointment
During the initial interview, the therapist will gather information about your child or young person and your family, to gain a better understanding of your child’s current development and the nature of your concern. They will also ask for some background information. This will include birth details, any health issues, your child’s general development and family history. They will record this information. If the child is young, they will be able to play while the therapist gathers information. If they are older, the therapist may talk to them about what they think the difficulties are.
During the assessment process, the therapist will use one or more of many different methods to assess your child or young person’s relevant skills. These methods may include observing your child, playing with toys, looking at pictures, formal assessments or undertaking physical activities. The therapist may also wish to talk to your child’s nursery/playgroup or school teacher, to get a clearer idea of how your child functions in that environment.
Following the assessment, the therapist will discuss their findings with you and, possibly, with other professionals involved, for example preschool or school staff. The therapist will explain their conclusions. Part of this discussion will include the intervention, if any, that your child needs and who will carry it out. A report will be written and, with your consent, will be sent to you, the person who referred your child and any other professionals involved such as the school, Health Visitor or G.P. The report will state the therapist’s conclusions and give advice and recommendations for supporting your child’s development.
The following are examples of what may happen following the assessment. Depending on your child’s needs, one or more of these options may be selected in a discussion between you and the therapist and, possibly, with your child’s school or pre-school:
advice and support on the management of your child’s difficulties
a programme of activities to carry out at home
a programme of activities to be carried out in school or preschool
training of yourself or other professionals to meet your child’s needs
a review appointment to check your child’s progress after a few months
a block of regular individual or group therapy sessions
referral to a more appropriate service
general advice and discharge from further follow-up with the CYPTS.
We would aim to send a copy of the report or intervention plan to you within six weeks of the appointment.
The therapist may also recommend that your child is seen by another member of the Children and Young People’s Service.
Where to find us:
When attending your child’s face-to-face clinic appointment, you will attend the appointment at your local team’s clinic. The addresses are below:
Holly Court, Summerlands Hospital Site, 56 Preston Road, Yeovil, BA20 2BX
Community Families Hub, Level 2, East Reach House, East Reach
Taunton, TA1 3EN
Child Health Facility, Robert Blake And Elmwood, Hamp Avenue, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 6AW
Priory House, Glastonbury Road, Wells, BA5 1XL
Frome Community Hospital, Enos Way, Frome, BA11 2FH