About the Occupational Therapy Service
All children and young people have a very important job to do. They have to grow, learn, socialise and play. Children do this every day by exploring the boundaries of their abilities. When they are successful, children and young people develop and thrive and the sense of achievement they get usually makes them happy.
Children and young people with learning, physical, sensory, developmental, cognitive and social needs difficulties can have their ability to grow, learn, socialise and play hindered and find it difficult to cope with basic activities like getting dressed or brushing their teeth. At school, they may struggle concentrating in class or their difficulties may mean they lack the confidence to take part in playground games in turn affecting their ability to learn and make friends.
This can be very difficult for children and young people to to cope with since ‘fitting in’ can be so important to their self-esteem and happiness.
How can we help?
Occupational Therapists work with children and young people, parents/carer(s) and teachers to find solutions to minimise the difficulties they face and help them to get the most from life. We support children and young people with physical, sensory, developmental, cognitive and social needs that affect their functional abilities and have an impact on their daily life. When a child or young person is referred to us we work in partnership with parents and with other healthcare and education professionals with whom the child or young person has a relationship, because we recognise that parents and carers know their child or young person best.
We’ll help to identify a child or young person’s difficulties in their daily life by assessing their needs, using play and purposeful activities to help them achieve their goals and become as independent as possible. We’ll also assess for and provide equipment and adaptions to maximise children and young people’s independence.
Guidance and helpful information
There are tools and strategies that can be used at home to help and support children and young people who have difficulties which might require help from Occupational Therapists. We ask that these tools and strategies are used for two to three months before making a Request for Service unless you are requesting equipment or adaptations.
You will need to submit evidence that the appropriate strategies and activities have been completed, according to need, with your request. You can access these toolkits yourself by picking a service from the drop down menu above, or below.