Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy enables people to participate in activities of everyday life

What is Occupational Therapy?

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

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How can OT help?

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.  

What impact can OT have?

An assessment helps parents, carers and the school or college understand the needs of a child or young person.  The assessment can provide evidence for diagnosis, extra help, or referrals to other services. 

The aim of occupational therapy is to improve function and increase independence.  The assessment report will include advice and recommendations based on the child or young person’s needs.  Recommendations may include advice on motor skills, handwriting, or changes to the classroom, the routine, or how they learn.   Most children or young people will be given a programme to follow at home and school to improve their skills.

The impact for each child or young person varies.  Sometimes it is immediate, but for others it takes longer, especially if their needs are complex.  Small steps are used to help a child or young person move on at the right pace and level for them.  This helps their confidence and self-esteem.

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How we work

To find out more information about how we work, click here. 

Where can I learn more?

Further reading is available on the website of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.