A Children's Occupational Therapist will help to minimise a child’s difficulties and improve their ability to learn, socialise and play. They will find ways to overcome any problems they experience in participating in activities and assess and treat the child’s needs in the following areas:
- OTs may offer assessments and analysis of children’s everyday activities, play, self-care; and school work.
- Fine motor skills and effective use of hands in play and school.
- To identify a child’s strengths and difficulties and offer therapeutic approaches and interventions to find solutions
- OT’s have specialist knowledge about child development, daily function and independence skills, e.g. feeding, dressing and toileting.
- Assess the need for therapeutic equipment e.g specialist seating, bathing and toileting
- Advice on environment and minor adaptations e.g. rails.
- OT’s help a child improve their ability to learn, socialise and play.
- To gain a good quality of life and achieve their potential.
Referrals are accepted from:
- Paediatricians, GPs and Physiotherapists
- Health visitors and Speech and Language Therapists can refer for early years services
- SENCOs can refer to the school age service for co-ordination disorders for children in primary schools or in year 7.