Occupational Therapy

 

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy (OT) can help children achieve independence in their everyday life. A child’s job is to grow, learn, socialise and play. Occupational therapy can help children develop the skills they need for living and learning.

The purpose of occupational therapy at Pennine Way Primary School is to enable our pupils to participate in daily activities that are important to each individual child, with the overall aim of improving health, independence and wellbeing. Mrs Brooks works in the wellbeing centre as a registered Occupational Therapist and works with children and their families on goals that are meaningful to each child. Occupational therapy can be completed as individual sessions with a child or as part of a group. Occupational therapists use purposeful and therapeutic activity (from cooking, to cutting and sticking, to playing games) to promote health and wellbeing and to help children achieve personal goals.

What do we mean by ‘occupations’?

A child’s occupations or daily activities can be separated in to the following areas:

  1. Self-care (dressing, eating a meal, using the toilet, making a simple meal)
  2. Being productive (participating in activities and routines at school, accessing the curriculum)
  3. Leisure activities (playing with friends, participating in clubs or hobbies). 

Please pop in to the wellbeing centre for an informal chat with Mrs Brooks if you have any questions about occupational therapy or if you feel it may be beneficial for your child!

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