What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy (OT) supports health and wellbeing by enabling people to participate in their chosen activities of day to day life. For children this can vary from playing and exploring toys as a baby or toddler, to taking part in school activities and developing the confidence and skills required for transition to adulthood.
OT’s can support children who are having difficulty accessing the curriculum and school environment. Sometimes children have a diagnosis such as autism, dyspraxia or a physical disability. However, not all children who need OT have a diagnosis. We support with:
- Gross motor skills
- Fine motor skills including scissor skills
- Early play skills
- Self-care (toileting, dressing skills, sleep, feeding and cutlery skills)
- Handwriting and pre-writing skills
- Visual perception
- Sensory processing and attention
It’s worth bearing in mind that behavioural difficulties occur for different reasons and challenges often occur because a child is communicating a difficulty with something, rather than them just choosing to be badly behaved. Sometimes those difficulties are as simple as the task is too demanding for them (so they avoid it) and they need it broken down into stages, or they may have sensory difficulties and find the classroom too overwhelming. Your OT can help to analyse any difficulties if you are unsure.