What does a Children's Occupational Therapist do?
The role of the Children's Occupational Therapist (O.T.) is to facilitate and maximise independence with your child. An O.T. will aim to enable your child and family to engage in those activities that occupy daily life.
The Children's Occupational Therapy service may address your child's needs in the following areas:
- Seating needs home and/or school
- Equipment/environmental modification needs for home and/or school
- Transfers – toilet, bath, bed and chair
- Showering management
- Dressing skills
- Feeding utensils
- Fine motor development including pencil skills
- Sensory processing
Referrals are accepted from anyone with accompanying parental consent e.g. G.P'S, Paediatric Medical staff; Teachers; Parents/Carers; or Social Services. Referrals will be accepted on an individual basis for all other children.
Assessment (following parental consent) may include formal or informal assessment such as observation as well as information gathering from parents, families and also liaison with other professionals within health and education settings.
Interventions include a range of possible ways of supporting your child, which may include one or more of the following:
- Direct therapy either on an individual/group basis;
- Provision of home/school treatment programme;
- Provision of specialist equipment to support functional skills
- Training for both teachers and parents
- Housing adaptations