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Occupational therapy helping children develop and thrive


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Occupational therapy helping children develop and thrive

  1. 1. Occupational TherapyHelping Children Develop and Thrive
  2. 2. Our focus Our aim for children and young people is tooptimise their occupational performance and enhance their ability to function to their potential in their daily lives Self Care School activities Play & Leisure
  3. 3. In NI Paediatric Occupational Therapists provide an integrated service to meet the functional needs of the child in a holistic manner
  4. 4. Who Do We See?Children or young people:from birth to 18 or 19 years oldwith Developmental Delaywith Physical or learning disabilitieswhose functional difficultiessignificantly interfere with performingActivities of Daily Living (ADL), toinclude academic tasks. 4
  5. 5. What Areas Do We Assess?• Motor and Sensori-motor skills• Visual Perceptual Skills• Sensory Regulation• Postural Management• Environmental Issues
  6. 6. Sensori- Motor 6
  7. 7. VisualPerceptualSkills 7
  8. 8. SensoryRegulationSkills 8
  9. 9. PosturalManagement 9
  10. 10. Environmental Issues 10
  11. 11. Collaborative Working withEducation by...• Providing specific advice and support• Delivering training pre and post qualification• Involvement in IEP’s• Making recommendations for school environments• Providing direct treatment within some school settings• Multi-agency approach 11
  12. 12. Children’s Comments“I cannot write “I just can’t sit still, neatly or fast the classroom is always so noisy.” enough.” “I would like to be able to bathe on “I find it hard my own.” move my wheelchair around my home.”
  13. 13. Teacher’s Comments “His mobility is “His wheelchair isdeteriorating and to low for thehe is falling a lot tables in the outside now” classroom.” “When he works on the computer “He finds P.E. so I begin to see difficult” his true ability.”
  14. 14. Parent/Carer Comments “I am finding it hard to “I still have tolift my child in and out of dress him.” the wheelchair.” “He hates getting bathed “I is difficult to and getting his feed my child inhair washed and his chair” cut.”
  15. 15. Thank You For Your Attention Any Questions?