10 December 2012
What is it?
- A service to support children who require communication aids and technology equipment to facilitate participation in communication, learning and play activities, also including the recording of work in the classroom.
- We have a multi-professional approach involving an occupational therapist, with specialist knowledge of assistive technology and equipment, who works with the child’s therapy team, other educational profesionals, and the child’s family.
What services do we offer?
The specialist occupational therapist will assess the child’s functional difficulties in order to make a decision on what specialist equipment will best meet their needs. Other relevant people involved with the child (i.e. teacher, therapists, family etc) will be invitied to attend and contribute to this assessment. The assessment will be carried out in the most natural and relevant place for the child (i.e. home, school, clinic etc) and several assessment sessions may be required before a decision is made.
We aim to provide a child’s family or school staff with recommendations for appropriate equipment, functional goals, training and support after assessment, short-term equipment loans and, where appropriate, possible referrals to external organizations e.g. charities or further specialist organisations.
Continual reviews of interventions will be offered, where appropriate, after assessment and intervention has been provided.
Useful websites with free typing resources
Information sheets on assistive technology and augmentative communication
How to refer
If the student is already known to occupational therapy or speech and language therapy, please have your OT or SLT complete the assistive technology referral form for this service.
If the student is not already known to occupational therapy or speech and language therapy, please complete the standard referral form and the assistive technology referral form.
Address for all referrals
Kentish Town Health Centre
2 Bartholomew Road
Telephone: 020 7830 2535