In Peterborough, Cambridgeshire and the East Midlands
Attending school is one of the main occupations of children . The School OT can support children, with or without a diagnosis, who are having difficulty in participating in daily school routines and activities.
Whole class support
Identification of need
Small group work
EHCP targets / provision
Collaborative working with staff
Liaison with parent / carer
"Occupational Therapists are educated and skilled to enable the participation of students in the occupation of school, and work towards the inclusion, participation and well -being of all"
(World Federation of Occupational Therapists, 2016)
Whole class - Working collaboratively with class staff to identify need. Strategies and suggestions to support learning and participation in the classroom
After identification of need and screening;
fine motor , gross motor, handwriting, body awareness and co-ordination, self - care skills, foundation skills for fine motor.
Minimum of 5 sessions
40 minutes of direct therapy, 20 minutes for preparation and professional record keeping
Children requiring individualised support
A 1 hour discussion based on the needs of non-named children. Strategy based advice to support need.
OT Support for an identified child
1 hour class based observation
30 minute feedback meeting with SENCo / Class Teacher
Standardised / non - standardised assessment
Interview with parent
Interview with SENCo / Class Teacher