What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy can help children and young people grow, learn, have fun, socialise and play so they can develop, thrive and reach their full potential.
Occupational Therapy enables people to participate in daily life to improve their health and wellbeing. Daily life is made up of many activities (or occupations). Occupations for children or young people may include self-care, being productive in the school setting and leisure - playing with friends or doing hobbies.
(Adapted from the Royal College of Occupational Therapists definition of Occupational Therapy.)
Occupation in our setting includes:
Self-care – the ability to manage the organisation of self and the environment and activities of daily living, such as changing for Physical Education activities, tying shoelaces, cutlery skills;
- Gross motor skills including the development of postural control/core stability, balance, hand/eye coordination, body awareness and motor planning;
- Fine motor skills including handwriting and tool-use;
- Visual perception/visual motor integration including visual memory, visual spatial relationships and visual discrimination;
- Sensory processing - the support of sensory-based needs either through the use of strategies or a sensory diet to achieve appropriate levels of alertness to access the curriculum.
The More House School Occupational Therapy team compirses five qualified, HCPC-registered Occupational Therapists employed directly by More House School, delivering therapy on-site using the school's bespoke Occupational Therapy facilities. The team is led by Senior Occupational Therapist, Sarah Cavannagh.