Occupational Therapists believe that joining in (participating in) every day activities (occupations) improves wellbeing. Taking part in occupations helps you to live a safe, healthy and happy life.
We understand that there is a connection between 'the person', 'the occupation' and 'the environment' and that by making changes to any of these areas you can improve participation and wellbeing.
That is how we as a profession think and talk about occupational therapy but what does this mean for children, young people, their families and other professionals that are part of the team around the child?
Occupations are the activities that you need and want to do everyday. They can be broken down into three types.
The role of Community Occupational Therapy is to provide intervention, support and/or advice to children and young people (0-18 years) and their families, where there is disability or impairment which impacts on their performance and participation in everyday activities of life.
Treatment and intervention approaches are developed with the aim of enabling children and their carers to maximise independence and support effective self-management. This is done in a variety of ways; one-to-one sessions are offered at the Child Centres, at home, in schools and nurseries. Group sessions are held in the Child Centres or in other community venues; these give children the opportunity to mix with others who have similar difficulties. Advice and strategies are offered to children/young people, families, education staff and other professionals working closely with the child/young person; this provides them with the information they need to improve the child/young person's wellbeing.
Occupational Therapy is offered to children/young people who are have difficult joining in with the activities they need and want to do every day e.g. dressing, using cutlery, completing jigsaws, riding a bike, writing. These difficulties may be due to poor gross and fine motor co-ordination, poor core stability, poor motor planning skills, visual perceptual difficulties or sensory difficulties.
The Occupational Therapy team also offer advice and information to nurseries and schools to develop the staff's knowledge of some of the difficulties the children/young people may have and how they can support them to join in these environments.
This video explains the role of Occupational Therapy for children with additional support needs. This will give you an idea of what to expect if your child has been referred to Occupational Therapy.
There will be a local version available shortly however in the meantime watch this video for more information.
Medical Practitioners e.g. Paediatricians, GPs
Allied Health Professionals e.g. Speech & Language Therapists (SLT), Dieticians, Physiotherapists
Nursing staff e.g. Community Children Nurses (CCNs)/Health Visitors/Looked After and Accommodated (LAAC) Nurse
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) team & Clinical Psychologists
Education Staff (including Private/Partnership Nurseries & Schools)
Children and young people who are eligible for referral for Occupational Therapy assessment must be:
Aged 0-19 yrs (if still receiving secondary or special education input) and have a significant difficulty impacting on daily living activities in one or more of the following areas:
There are 4 sectors within GG&C for Paediatric Occupational Therapy:
• North West Sector which includes West Dunbartonshire and parts of East Dunbartonshire
• North East Sector which includes parts of East Dunbartonshire
• South Sector which includes East Renfrewshire
• Inverclyde and Renfrewshire Sector
Please find below all OT addresses and telephone numbers for your specific area within GG&C:
Child Health Corridor
3rd Floor, Maternity Building
Vale of Leven Hospital
Telephone Number: 01389 817284
60 Kinfauns Drive
Telephone Number: 0141 207 7150
103 Paisley Road
Telephone Number: 0141 314 8989
Inverclyde Royal Hospital
Telephone 01475 504630
201 Abercromby Street
Telephone Number: 0141 531 6566
Telephone Number: 0141 314 6290
Southbank Child Centre
207 Old Rutherglen Road
Telephone number: 0141 201 0938