Occupational Therapy

What Is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapists work both independently and within a multi disciplinary team to help children & young people overcome the effects of disability caused by illness, learning disability, physical disability or accident.

The therapy includes practical and purposeful activities that support young people to live their lives as independently as possible and have a sense of identity.

Who Do Occupational Therapists Work With?

Occupational therapists work with children & young people who have a wide range of conditions. They can support the child or young person to participate in everyday activities (occupations), helping them lead a full and happy life, reach their goals and learn the skills they will need during to be an active member of the community.

Most commonly, occupational therapists help those living with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and young people who have been in an accident.

Who Can Help?

Children's Occupational Therapists work with children from birth to 18 (or 19 if attending Complex Need schools). If your child or young person is under the Occupational Therapy teams, you can speak to them about any questions you may have.

If you think your child requires specialist support, please speak to their GP.

If you have any questions about your child or young person's general health or development, you can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

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