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Children’s Occupational Therapy service is focused on enabling children to participate in daily activities to improve their independence and wellbeing.

Aim of occupational therapy general service

Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement (WFOT 2012).

Children’s occupations include:

  • Self-care (getting dressed, eating a meal, using the toilet, washing themselves)
  • Being productive (activities and routines at nursery or school such as handwriting)
  • Leisure (playing, sports and/or hobbies).

We see children who may need support and advice if they are not able to do daily occupations due to illness, disability, family circumstances, or as a result of changes as they get older.  We support the child and all relevant adults involved in their care such as parents or teachers to assess their need and use their strengths to improve their participation when doing daily activities.

We work collaboratively with other members of the Multi-Disciplinary Team such as physiotherapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Educational Psychologists, Social Workers, Garratt Park Advisory Service, etc.  We see the child holistically and aim to put the child at the centre of our intervention.

We form part of the EHCA process and will advise the SNAS teams on types of provision  needed for the schools to implement.  We aim to maximize the child’s potential in helping them access the National Curriculum at a similar level to their peers.  We do this by suggesting alternative ways of performing or structuring activities within the school environment and at home.

We can give advice and assess for specialist equipment that would help the child improve their posture, upper limb function and attention.  We also work collaboratively with Social Services Occupational Therapists when minor adaptations or specialist bathing and seating for home is needed.

We can provide advice on alternative approaches or assistive devices and will make the necessary referrals to enable this.

We assist and advise schools on ensuring their schools are accessible to all children with disabilities and meet the requirements set out in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 & 2005 and the Equality Act 2010.

Who we see

For our core service we see children from 0-11 years:

  • To access the NHS service the child must have a GP in Wandsworth.
  • We see children with disabilities or difficulties affecting their ability to participate in daily activities as mentioned above.
  • Children with Physical Difficulties will be seen throughout their school years.
  • Children who are not in a Specialist Resource Base or a Special School.

Children with minor difficulties can access our Parent Advice Clinic by telephoning our administrator on Tel: 0208 725 5748 to book an appointment.