Children's Integrated Therapy Service

Therapy One Point
0300 123 2650

  • Our telephone one-stop-shop for parents, carers and other professionals.
  • Speak to a member of the team about occupational therapy, physiotherapy or speech and language therapy.
  • If you’re asking advice about a child they don’t need to be on our caseload.

Who are we?

We are a 100-strong team of qualified occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, assistants and administrators who provide non-acute therapy to children and young people living in East Sussex.

Our therapists are all registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and we have a team of experienced therapy assistants who support across assessment, therapy and training. All of our clinical staff access clinical supervision and continuous professional development meaning we all maintain up-to-date knowledge in our clinical areas. We have enhanced disclosure and barring checks and we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children and young people in our care.

What we do

Our focus is on enabling. This means helping children to overcome functional difficulties affecting their daily life. Sometimes more than one therapist will be involved in the care of a child, for example to give advice on positioning, seating systems or equipment for a child with complex physical disabilities.

Sometimes only one therapist will be involved, for example to give advice on core strength, sensory needs or speech.

We provide different assessments including diagnostic assessment for developmental co-ordination disorder. We contribute to statutory assessment for Education Health Care Plans. We are part of the East Sussex team for multi-disciplinary autism assessment and diagnosis.

For more information about our service see our children's therapy booklet.

Think a referral might be needed?

Check below before deciding whether or not to make a referral.


Early years

  • Check your child’s progress against information on ages and stages of development
  • We have produced leaflets to help you in collaboration with East Sussex County Council
  • As far as possible make sure the family have initial advice about their child’s needs. You can find further resources and links on this website
  • Agree a time to review your child’s progress with your health visitor or nursery keyworker
  • If progress is slow then a referral might be needed.

School years

  • Talk to your child’s school and find out if they share your concerns
  • Find out how your child’s needs are already supported at school – the local authority and CITES expect schools to provide programmes to help children with co-ordination, sensory and communication needs. These programmes are Jumpahead®, Zones of Regulation® Language Link® and Speech Link®
  • Talk to the special educational needs coordinator; they will know if your child’s needs are not covered by these programmes and a referral might be needed
  • If your child has completed these programmes but has not made progress then a referral might be needed
  • If your child has a need that isn’t helped by these programmes a referral might be needed
  • Where a statutory assessment is agreed, the Local Authority might refer your child for a therapy assessment

Other professionals

Early years

  • Check the child’s progress against information on ages and stages of development; we do not usually accept referrals where developmental delays are less than six to 12 months old
  • As far as possible make sure the family have initial advice about their child’s needs. Find support services and resources and to useful websites.
  • Check whether the child’s need is in scope for CITES. You will find this in our referral guidance, see link below

School years

  • Check the child has accessed the following programmes where appropriate: Jumpahead®, Zones of Regulation® Language Link® and Speech Link®. CITES referral guidance includes specific details on number of sessions and progress, see link below
  • Gather evidence of sessions and progress in case a referral is needed
  • Remember school years referrals for speech and language are through the ISEND Front Door
  • Other referrals are direct to CITES

If you want more information about referral, follow the links below. Remember you can ring and speak to us on 0300 123 2650 if you need to discuss a possible referral.

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