In Peterborough, Cambridgeshire and the East Midlands
Occupational Therapy supports children to participate as fully as possible in the occupations of children. These come under 3 broad areas:
Self- care: Washing, dressing, feeding
Leisure: Play, hobbies
Productivity: Pre- school / nursery or school activities
Attention and concentration
Fine and gross motor skills
Sensory processing difficulties
Self - care skills
Participating with peers
Organisation of self
Difficulties with sleep
Collaborative working with school staff to identify need
Strategies and ideas to support whole class participation and learning
Recommendations for equipment
Support knowledge and understanding of the children's needs
Advise on sensory diets and equipment
Training for school staff (sensory circuits, sensory processing difficulties, handwriting from an OT perspective)
Assessment and report based on OT needs
Report to support EHCP application
Liaison with parent / carer
Sensory circuits is a fun sensory motor skills programme that supports children to be in appropriate arousal level to be ready to learn.
Sensory circuits also supports children with difficulties in sensory processing, fine and gross motor and self care skills.
Training for school staff
Support to develop and run an effective sensory circuit
Training for school staff to provide an understanding of sensory processing difficulties, how this can impact on a child's ability to successfully participate in school routines and activities, strategies to support a child's sensory needs.
Support to identify why children are having difficulties with pencil and paper tasks. Advice on equipment, strategies and therapy programmes to support children to record their ideas.