Occupational therapy helps children and adolescents of all abilities to develop the necessary skills to be able to participate fully in daily activities at home and at school.
Occupational therapists works with children who have difficulties in daily occupations, i.e. self-care, play, school, home activities and social participation. They can help children who have difficulty with sensory issues such as reacting to noise, lights or the feel of different textures, children who seem to be always on the move or have difficulty concentrating in a busy environment. They also work with children who have delayed gross and/or fine motor skills such as difficulties with handwriting, balance, ball skills or feeding themselves. Occupational therapists are vital in working with children with DCD Dyspraxia.
Other children occupational therapists can help may have difficulty with motor planning and sequencing activities. They may have difficulty organising themselves for school or appear to be unable to plan and carry out motor tasks in the correct sequence. Occupational therapy can also help children who have difficulty concentrating or paying attention in school or everyday life. Finally children who have difficulty with social skills such as establishing friendships, cooperative play with peers or appear to have decreased coping skills for difficult situations would benefit from occupational therapy.
A wide range of occupational therapy assessments are available (i.e fine motor, gross motor, sensory, handwriting) as well as the development of reports and individual treatment plans. Occupational therapists can also provide individualised, evidence based therapy intervention both within our clinic and within the home and school setting. Group intervention can also be provided to target specific difficulties such as fine or gross motor skills, emotional regulation or handwriting.