Occupational Therapists work within Health Care, Social Care, Education, Voluntary Organisations and Independent Practice. I work Independently as I recognise the challenges that families can face with the process of referrals to Statutory Services and the reality of waiting times. As an Independent Practitioner, I can offer a thorough service with a quick turn around on appointments and reports.
Occupational Therapy is a person-centred profession which aims to promote a balanced range of occupations to support health and wellbeing. Occupational Therapists aim to enable everyone to fulfil their potential. Occupations are what we do throughout the day, everyday, from getting out of bed to going to school to playing football.
Children and young people can experience a disruption to their occupations due to injury, illness, disability or family circumstances.
Occupations tend to fall into three categories:
Self care – being able to meet basic needs such as eating, dressing, using the toilet.
Productivity – in the case of children and young people, this would generally include playing (as children learn through play) and accessing education.
Leisure – accessing hobbies, active recreation such as sports and quiet recreation such as arts and crafts.
Occupational Therapists spend time with a child or young person and their family or staff that are working with them, so that they can understand the strengths and needs of the child and identify ways that that person can be supported to reach their potential.
So, if your child or young person is struggling to achieve something that they either want or need to do, it is worth considering an Occupational Therapy Referral to see whether they can be supported to reach their desired goals.