Occupational Therapy (OT) assists in addressing the needs of children who have difficulty with skills required to access the school curriculum:
• Gross Motor skills: for example, mobility, seating, PE, dance
• Fine Motor skills: for example, scissors and pencils skills
• Self-care and Independence skills: for example, dressing and using cutlery
• Sensory Processing Difficulty
Three part time, experienced Paediatric Occupational Therapists are employed to meet the needs of children with Occupational Therapy as part of their Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education Health and Care Plan. Occupational Therapists are registered members of the Health and Care Professions Council, and College of Occupational Therapists.
A full time Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) is employed to support children in practicing the skills from the Occupational Therapy programmes.
If a child has not been previously assessed, an OT will see the child on a priority basis. Advice can be given and programmes formulated to enhance their function in class. Liaison with parents is essential particularly in regard to sensory processing and self-care and independence skills to discuss strategies which will meet a child’s needs across the home and school day.
The Occupational Therapists work closely with the Class Teachers, Support Assistants, and Speech and Language Therapists.
Occupational Therapists and the Occupational Therapy Assistant work within activities in the classroom or with the children individually or in a small group as appropriate. Supporting use of cutlery at lunchtime or dressing skills when changing for class PE is always more meaningful to the child in its class context.
The Occupational Therapists and Assistant enjoy full participation within the multi-disciplinary staff team and within the day to day school activities.