Specialist equipment

If your child has extra needs, it is likely that there will be equipment to help make life easier.

We have Occupational Therapists (OTs) who can assess your child or young person's needs. This is to help them to be as independent as possible. They can assess a child’s needs for equipment, such as:

  • seat systems to help a child to keep a good posture to:
    • prevent contractures;
    • promote function;
    • and allow them to join in with their family at meal times and with leisure activities;
  • sleep systems to help a child to keep a good posture when in bed;
  • bath, shower and toilet equipment to allow:
    • a child to have a dignified bath and personal hygiene routine;
    • and reduce manual handling for carers to a minimum;
  • equipment to eat and drink to help a child be more independent.


The OT can advise on moving to more suitable housing, or suggest adaptations. This will allow a child to access needed facilities and help them to be safe in and around the house. It will also reduce manual handling problems.

There is a vast range of products on the market and they can be very costly. It is likely that you will need specialist assessments and advice. This will help to make sure that you get the right thing to meet your needs.

To book an OT's assessment at your home, or for more on this, please contact: Disabled Children's team.

Some charities and voluntary organisations can help meet the cost of extra equipment.

Contact has an very good guide on equipment, aids and adaptations. For more details, please visit: Contact - Aids, equipment and adaptions .


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