If your child is assessed for services through the Disabled Children's Team, their physical needs will be taken into consideration. This will identify particular needs that can be met through equipment or adaptations. A referral is then made to an Occupational Therapist (OT.) The OT will carry out their own assessment to establish exactly what support is required. They will then provide this for you or help you to apply for funding, or suggest other items of equipment. For more details read the CAN - Children with Additional Needs - Guide.
Speak to an Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist for advice on what is most suitable for your specific needs. The Disabled Living Foundation has some useful fact sheets on how to choose equipment. Special Kids in the UK also has a large number of assorted equipment suppliers. There are number of local and national suppliers of equipment. They can provide of items such as:
- Beds and bedding
- Feeding equipment
- Mobility aids
Grants may be available for education, equipment, general living expenses, holidays, respite, toys and travel costs. There are 3 main charities providing funding for children with additional needs:
Children Today funds equipment for children from birth to 25 years, including bikes, wheelchairs and sensory equipment.
Newlife funds equipment for children from birth to 18 years.
The Family Fund helps families with children from birth to 17 years. Grants can be given for holidays, activities, computers, household equipment, driving lessons for carers, toys, and travel costs. There is also a free Family Fund Extra scheme which offers discounts on products and services from high street and online retailers.