Paediatric Occupational Therapy
Paediatric Physical Therapy
Community Children’s Service
Tel: (0191) 256 3452
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy is concerned with a person’s ability to perform daily tasks. This includes how they care for themselves, their work and leisure activities.
Paediatric Occupational Therapy aims to improve a child’s performance of tasks and activities important for their development such as their schooling. Their development may be effected by physical, sensory, attention and learning difficulties.
What is our role within school?
If your child needs Occupational Therapy, an assessment will be completed in order to produce a treatment programme. The Occupational Therapist will work closely with school staff to ensure quality of care.
Occupational Therapists use a number of methods to assess and contribute to the development of your child’s performance such as observing the child, gathering information and using standardised assessment methods. We will work with the children and their families at all times.
Where will the Occupational Therapy take place?
Once you have given consent for us to assess your child, the assessment will take place in school. Treatment may be offered in school, in the classroom or a therapy room. Children may be treated on their own or in groups.
Staff will be trained in some treatment procedures and strategies to allow continuous input over the day/week.
What information will I be given about progress?
We will give written and verbal reports to parents, carers and the teaching staff on a regular basis. Regular reviews will also be carried out to make sure that the treatment continues to be appropriate for the child.
Who refers to the school based Occupational Therapist?
We receive referrals from teaching staff, the school doctor or other health professionals.
Occupational Therapists use a variety of different formal and informal assessment methods, for example, observations, information gathering, standardised assessments etc.
Areas of work:
In Occupational Therapy we concentrate on the child’s:
- Motor skills – such as their hand function, writing, balance and co-ordination.
- Posture and seating – we work with physiotherapists to achieve the best position for your child.
- Self-care – such as washing, dressing, grooming, feeding.
- School environment – we can make recommendations to help your child to be as independent as possible within the classroom.
- Equipment needs – we can make recommendations to help with their independence at school via provision of equipment/communication aids.
- Sensory skills – we can provide specialised programmes to help your child learn at an appropriate level
Fiona Simpson – Senior Occupational Therapist
Rachel McManus – Occupational Therapist
Tel: 0191 2296020
Monday and Tuesday 8.45am – 4.45pm