WHAT IS OT FOR KIDS?
Paediatric Occupational Therapy explained and how we can help
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY (OT)
Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. It aims to enable individuals to participate in activities that they need to, want to and are expected to do in everyday life.
Our occupations are the everyday activities that people do as individuals, in families and with communities to occupy time, and that bring meaning and a sense of purpose to our daily lives. Occupational therapists understand how important these daily activities are to all of us and are experts in enabling you to live life to the fullest despite challenges, limitations and disability.
Occupational therapy focuses on three areas to support people to participate in every day activities:
Person - to improve or maintain their level of physical, cognitive, emotional and social ability.
Environment - to manipulate or adapt the physical, sensory, social and learning environment.
Occupation - to analyse the task, compare the demands of the task with the individual's abilities, and adapt the task to make it possible for the person to do.
OT FOR KIDS
Paediatric Occupational Therapy helps children with diverse needs develop the skills they require to perform the purposeful activities that make up everyday life. It can help improve children's motor, cognitive, sensory processing, communication, and play skills. Paediatric Occupational Therapists focus on enabling children to participate in childhood occupations such as self-care, education, play and leisure.
Areas of occupation for children may include:
Self-care: dressing, toileting, feeding, bathing and sleeping.
Education: participation and productivity in school/ home learning e.g. listening to and following instructions, task completion, organising oneself and belongings, following school routines, handwriting and tool use.
Play: participation in play including exploration play, pretend play, games with rules, constructive play; obtaining, using, and maintaining toys and equipment.
Leisure: identifying interests, skills, opportunities, and leisure activities, e.g. hobbies, sport; planning and participating in leisure activities; obtaining, using, and maintaining equipment and supplies.
Social Participation: friendships, family, community and peer group participation.
HOW CAN THE KIDS OT HELP?
Ciara has extensive experience working with children with a range of physical, sensory, social, emotional and learning challenges, and many with diagnoses including (but not limited to):
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Dyspraxia / Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder / Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD/ADD)
General Learning Disability (GLD)
Specific Learning Disability (SLD)
Genetic Disorders, e.g. Down Syndrome, Williams Syndrome
Cerebral Palsy (CP)
The Kids OT service is currently being provided in the child's natural environment at home, school or in the community.
Ciara also works with children who do not have a specific diagnosis but may be experiencing functional difficulties with everyday tasks (occupations) impacting on their performance and participation in life at home and / or in school. These children may need OT support and strategies put in place to help them reach their full potential.
Common areas of concern that The Kids OT can help with:
Self-regulation: to manage own behaviour and emotions
Attention and Concentration
Gross Motor Skills
Fine Motor Skills
Motor Planning and Coordination
Visual Motor Integration
Visual Perceptual Skills