The role of the occupational therapist is to focus on aspects of daily life which present a challenge for the child due to a physical difficulty, disability or acute trauma.

The Occupational Therapist will look at 3 main performance areas:

  • Self-care skills – e.g. washing, dressing, eating/drinking
  • Play and Leisure - how a child plays, their range of play, use of community activities
  • Productivity - this includes practical school tasks, for example, moving around the school, handling equipment and being able to physically access the national curriculum

Service provision models in Children’s OT include:

  • Direct therapy - intervention individually or in a group based on individual needs/identified goals
  • Monitoring - treatment plan, developed by the occupational therapist, implemented by others, such as teaching assistants or parents.
  • The occupational therapist will remain responsible for the outcome of the plan and reviews progress.
  • Consultation - the occupational therapist uses their expertise to enable others to address issues, but the OT is not directly responsible for the outcome

Referral Criteria

The service accepts medical referrals for children from 0 to 16 years of age for children who attend mainstream school with a physical disability or difficulty.

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