Occupational Therapy

The Occupational Therapy Service works with pupils identified through their Statement of Special Educational  and Disability or through teacher referrals, which identify who needs support with life skills. The school has a designated occupational therapist who is based at the school for one day per week.

The Occupational Therapist uses assessments and direct work with pupils to empower pupils to achieve tasks that are meaningful to themselves and their life. The service also provides advice, training and equipment.

Therapists can help with

Functional difficulties such as dressing, eating, toileting

School skills such as pencil and scissor skills

Play skills

Fine motor skills and gross motor and movement abilities

Social skills

Behavioural responses during the child’s day

Possible ways of supporting the child may include one or more of the following;

  • Training and advice for parents/carers and other service providers (health, social work, education)

  • Provision of programmes of work and ways of supporting the child in different environments. This intervention may be carried out by different people following the Occupational Therapist’s recommendations

  • Recommendation of specialist equipment to support functional skills and learning

  • Involvement with educational and transition planning

  • Direct therapy with child individually or in a group

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