Advice sheets

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Advice sheets for professionals to use directly or to share with parents/carers of children and young people

The advice sheets available on this webpage were developed by the Integrated Therapy Service for Children and Young People in Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for the use of partner professionals and services in the children’s workforce in Somerset and for Somerset families. They are copyright protected.

The advice sheets can be accessed by clicking on the links to the right of this webpage.

The advice sheets provide guidance on how to support the progress of children and young people who are showing lower level problems in their development in the areas addressed by Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy.

The advice sheets are organised into two age-related groups:

  • Early Years(0 – 4 years)

  • School Age (5 – 19 years)

You are strongly advised to refer to the Fact File for Early Years and/or the Fact File for School Age, available on this website, to help you decide whether

  • the aspects of development causing concern are within expected levels given the child’s age or overall developmental profile,

  • are a common and acceptable variation in development  

  • are needs that would benefit from support.

The Fact Files contain information on the following:

  • Typical development of children and young people in the areas that fall within the expertise of Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy

  • How to identify common and acceptable variations in children and young people’s development

  • How to decide which children and young people may need additional support to promote their development.

  • Practical Advice Sheets which you can also share with parents/carers

  • When and how to refer for specialist assessment by the Integrated Therapy Service