Children's Therapy Service – Speech & Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy
Part of Knowsley's Local Offer (KLO)
We are a team of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists and Therapy Assistants. We are all Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) who assess, diagnose and manage children’s needs to support them to reach their potential.
- Physiotherapists work towards maximising a child’s physical potential.
- Occupational Therapists promote independence in all areas of activities of daily living.
- Speech and Language Therapists work with children who have speech and language and/or feeding difficulties.
- Therapy Assistants carry out assessment and intervention under the guidance of the Therapists. They work across all three disciplines.
Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy provide a service for children aged 0-19 in St Helens and Knowsley.
Speech and Language Therapy provide a service for children and young people aged 0-19 with a Knowsley GP.
We are all involved with the assessment and intervention of children with a variety of difficulties.
We work closely with other professionals including - Specialist Nurses, Education Staff, Early Years services, Educational Psychologists and Paediatricians to support children and families.
Our mission statement is:
“If I help your child today, I will help them today. If I teach you to treat your child, you can help them for life”
The Clinical Team are currently based at Manor Farm and work within a variety of settings:
- Mainstream and Special Schools and Nurseries
- Early Years/Children’s Centres
- Within the Home environment
Children's Therapy Service - Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy & Physiotherapy
Manor Farm PCRC
Manor Farm Road
Opening days / times
0 - 19
The team have an open referral procedure for any child who has a Knowsley GP and is between the ages of Birth - 19 years with a specific therapy need.
Referral can be made using an integrated referral form and sent to the above addresses, or can be made by telephone to the admin staff.
Health Visitors have access to an electronic record system and are able to refer to the service in this way.
All referrals are triaged by a clinical team to ensure they meet the criteria for assessment. If they are screened as appropriate, the child will be placed on a waiting list and the parents / carers will be contacted as soon as possible when an appointment is available. For some children, this may involve the parents / carers attending a group where therapy staff will work to support them to develop strategies to support their child.
For children referred to Speech and Language Therapy aged under 3 ½ years, it is recommended that they attend Chatterbox groups run via Knowsley Children’s Centres. Speech and Language Therapy staff attend these groups and will be able to assess children, provide early advice and determine if any further targeted support from Speech and Language Therapy is needed. For more information about these groups, please speak to staff at your local children’s centre.
Disabled access information
12 months cover throughout the year, exceptions are Bank Holidays and weekends
Things to know
0 – 19 (0-16 for children and young people referred to the Musculoskeletal Service)