Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists (OT’s) work to promote, maintain, and develop the skills needed to be functional in day-to-day life including at school, home and in the community. 

 

This helps children to:

 

  1. Have greater independence in activities of daily living (ADLs) such as:
  • Eating and drinking
  • Washing and dressing
  • Going to the toilet
  1. Cope with demands within the environment.

     

  2. Reduce barriers in order to access activities meaningful to them such as learning, play and building relationships.

     

    Participation in these areas aims to promote: 

    •  Learning 

    •  Self-esteem

    •  Self-confidence 

    •  Independence – helping to reduce support needs now and in the future

    •  Social interaction.

     

    OT’s spend time with the child, with familiar staff and with family members to understand their abilities, areas of strength and areas of difficulty and design a bespoke programme with clear targets and goals. 

     

    OT’s adopt a person-centered, child-led approach, which means everything we do is bespoke and individual to each and every child.

     

    What’s the impact of OT in schools?

  • Increased access to the curriculum and learning
  • Greater access to play and leisure activities
  • Improved concentration and focus
  • Increased productivity when working
  • Specialist person-centred programmes and strategies
  • Reduced anxiety and frustration caused by sensory difficulties or meltdowns.