Occupational Therapists are based in the Child Health and Disability (CHAD)Team of Children Young People and Learning. We offer assessments and services to:
The aim of the service
The title Occupational Therapy sometimes confuses people. By occupation we mean any activity that is performed in daily life, however basic, so would include personal care, play and being part of a family. We aim to support children to achieve as much independence as possible in a safe, friendly home environment. This would also include supporting parents and carers in tasks they have to perform to support the child.
In order to do this
An Occupational Therapist will visit you and your child at home and carry out an initial assessment.
We will encourage you, and your child, to be involved as much as possible in the assessment and to say what issues are really important to you. We will ask you to give scores for each issue and later we will review these scores after any intervention. This will help us to see how successful we have been.
We may want to liaise with other relevant people such as school and education staff, health service staff, social workers, outside carers and so on.
Following the assessment
The ways we help may include:
agreeing an Action Plan which takes into account your child’s needs as well as those of the rest of your family
giving advice on managing every day living tasks
giving advice to yourselves and other carers on reducing risks when moving or handling your child
giving advice to make the home environment safer for a child who has risky behaviour due to their disability and lack of understanding
giving advice and loaning (where appropriate) special equipment to help your child develop skills in daily living activities or for safety
arranging for minor alterations to the family home to assist with daily living tasks
offering advice on major structural alterations to the home, and exploring ways of paying for these, including making recommendations for Disabled Facilities Grants when appropriate
working with young people with disabilities to assist them in becoming as independent as possible