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Occupational Therapy (OT)

Occupational therapy provides services for children and young people who are experiencing functional difficulties at school, home or during play. Therapy aims to enable children to improve their ability to function within their everyday lives and to access the national curriculum more effectively. We work on things like developing a child’s play, fine motor, self-care and sensory processing.  As a team we offer two different clinics:

Advice clinic: Parents can contact the service directly with view to arrange an appointment for the advice clinic. This will be a 1 hour assessment. At the end of the session, the therapist will provide advice and suggest activities to support your child’s difficulties. Your child will then be discharged.

Assessment clinic:  A health or education professional must refer for assessment into this service using the referral forms. Once the assessment is completed further sessions may be offered in discussion with the parents. For students with EHC Plans, assessments and input will be delivered in school.

www.hrch.nhs.uk/our-services/services-directory/services-in-richmond/childrens-ot-richmond   

Different Types of Occupation

  1. Self Care - Learning to wash, dress, eat and toilet independently are important milestones in a child's development.
  2. Play and Leisure - A child's main occupation is play.  It is through play that children learn and practice new skills, make friends and find a sense of self.
  3. Education - Participation in education is a key occupation for children and young people.

www.nhsggc.org.uk/kids/healthcare-professionals/paediatric-occupational-therapy