Paediatric Occupational Therapy

Paediatric Occupational Therapy

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The Role of the Community Paediatric Occupational Therapist

The role of the Community Occupational Therapist 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 through a variety of ways; one-to-one sessions are offered at the Child Development Centre (CDC), at home, in schools and nurseries. Group sessions are held in the CDC or in other community venues; these give children the opportunity to mix with others who have similar difficulties. Advice and strategy leaflets are offered to the parents and education staff, providing them with information to help the child.

Occupational Therapy is offered to children who have difficulties such poor gross and fine motor co-ordination, poor core stability, poor motor planning skills, visual perceptual difficulties or sensory difficulties which are affecting their ability to undertake daily activities e.g. dressing, using cutlery, completing jigsaws, riding a bike, writing.

The Occupational Therapists offer advice and information sessions in schools to develop the staff's knowledge of some of the difficulties the children have and how they can support the child.

The Role of the Community Occupational Therapy Support Worker

The Community Occupational Therapy Support Workers are part of the Community Paediatric Occupational Therapy Service providing support to the Occupational Therapists and delivering direct intervention to children and young people.

Their duties include planning and implementing programmes in clinics, nurseries, schools, or at home. Support Workers feedback and discuss observations with therapists to ensure interventions are appropriate for each child.

Support Workers are responsible for completing a session evaluation form after each session as well as an intervention summary at the end of each block and keeping EMIS records up to date meeting Occupational Therapy professional standards.

Click on the leaflets below for more information.

Click on the leaflets below for more information.

OT Advanced Practitioner Pathways

Advanced Practitioner Pathways in Occupational Therapy:

  • Neurodevelomental
  • Developmental Impairment
  • Neurodisability

Occupational Therapy Student Placements

We aim to provide you with high quality learning experiences that develop your clinical skills as appropriate to your profession and stage of training, and extend your enthusiasm for your profession. We believe that students should be treated as adult learners who are capable of taking responsibility for their own learning, and developing colleagues who are able to contribute to professional discussions. All of our departments are working departments and the needs of the services must be the priority. In view of this your programme could change at short notice and will require flexibility if this happens.


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