What I Do
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy is a health care profession that focuses on the whole person. The goal is to enable individuals of all ages to achieve their full potential in light of any physical or mental health difficulties.
As a Paediatric Occupational Therapist, I work with infants, children, adolescents and young adults in various settings to help them gain skills and to promote independence in all areas of daily living. This could include:
- helping a toddler to use two hands to explore and manipulate a toy
- working on developing a mature pencil grip so that handwriting is easier and less painful
- providing sensory strategies and/or equipment to help a student focus in the classroom
- improving coordination skills to enable participation in P.E. lessons or organised sports
- developing independent living skills such as managing money, shopping, cooking tasks, etc.
- providing adapted equipment such as specialist bathing aids, mobility devices, moving & handling equipment, ramps, specialist beds and advising on home adaptations
An important part of my role is to work closely with parents, carers, educators and other professionals involved with the child so that we work collectively towards achieving our goals and towards promoting independence.