We offer specialist assessments to children and young people in their home and/or education or care setting.
Occupational Therapists assist students to participate effectively in all areas of everyday life. They work within the multi-disciplinary team and support and train staff to facilitate student involvement in all activities that are important to the student, including:
- Enjoyment, satisfaction and a sense of achievement in taking part in activities which leads to learning and mastering new skills and developing positive self-esteem
- Physical wellbeing, for example improved stamina may be achieved through taking part in an enjoyable activity such as gardening
- Activities are opportunities for shared experiences and promote communication and social interaction
For many of our students sensory processing difficulties present barriers to participation in activities, through sensory profiling, sensory assessment and by embedding sensory strategies and sensory diets into the curriculum students are able to lead more meaningful lives.
Occupational therapy provision includes:
- Assessing for and providing adapted equipment to enable increased levels of independence e.g. angled spoon.
- Assessing and treating sensory difficulties
- Advice and strategies to carers/staff for enabling students to manage sensory difficulties e.g. using a weighted blanket to reduce anxiety when travelling.
- Providing advice and support in adapting activities for a variety of skill level e.g. using cooking as a way to explore the senses improve hand function or develop independence skills.
- Providing advice and support regarding environmental adaptations to enable students to function effectively e.g. providing a low arousal setting within a classroom to assist the individual in concentrating.
- Working holistically within the multi-disciplinary team to ensure students are supported in all areas to achieve maximum levels of participation and engagement