Occupational therapy helps a child, young person, adult and their carers manage or cope with a difficulty or disability. This includes improving function or learning new skills that affect self care (i.e. dressing, washing), play, school or work activities. Occupational therapists work in a person's home, school/college or in their community.
Therapy or recommendations are individual, meaningful to the person and activity based to ensure that it is purposeful.
School or college input can include advice on motor skills, handwriting or changing the classroom/routine to help a child or young person stay focused.
Occupational therapy, often referred to as OT, is a healthcare profession that focuses on developing, recovering, or maintaining the daily living, educational and work skills of people with physical, emotional, or cognitive impairments.
Assessments are selected according to the child's needs. The methods will be discussed during the initial contact. They may involve the following:
After an occupational therapy assessment is completed, a written report is completed and provided, with consent, to relevant professionals. This includes:
Intervention uses a range of approaches. The selection of these depends on the findings from the assessment. All occupational therapy intervention is individual and specific to the person's needs: