As part of our support for children and young people, Seashell offers occupational therapy for autism.
We offer specialist assessments to children and young people in their home and/or education or care setting to address the challenges that are frequently associated with occupational therapy and supporting people with learning disabilities. By providing assessments in a variety of locations, we place the children and their needs at the centre of the therapy’s objectives.
Our occupational therapy offering
When delivering occupational therapy for children and young people to support their special educational needs and disabilities our therapists assist students to participate effectively in all areas of everyday life. Our therapists work within our multidisciplinary team to provide learning difficulties support, supporting and training staff to facilitate 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 the development of communication and social interaction
Occupational therapy for complex needs
Our occupational therapy for children with autism acknowledges that many of our students face sensory processing difficulties. This often presents barriers to participation in activities. Our occupational therapy for learning disabilities uses sensory profiling, sensory assessment, embedded sensory strategies and sensory diets to help students lead more meaningful, dynamic lives.
Our occupational therapy provision for learning disabilities, including occupational therapy for autism, includes:
- Assessing a need for, and providing adapted equipment for students that will enable increased levels of independence e.g. angled spoon
- Assessing and treating sensory difficulties
- Advice and strategies to carers/staff that will enable students to manage sensory difficulties e.g. using a weighted blanket to reduce anxiety when travelling
- Providing advice and support that will help adapt activities for a variety of skill levels e.g. using cooking as a way to explore the senses, improve hand function or develop independence
- 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 multidisciplinary team to ensure students are supported in all areas of their lives, and addressing all of their needs to achieve maximum levels of participation and engagement.