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Occupational Therapy Services

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy helps people to do the everyday things that they want to do and need to do when faced with illness, injury, disability or challenging life events.

Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and wellbeing through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement.

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5 Key Features of Occupational Therapy:

  • The unique focus of Occupational Therapy is on the person’s occupation. Occupational therapists use the term “occupation” to describe all the things we do to take care of ourselves and others; socialise and have fun; and work and contribute to society.
  • Occupational therapists understand how illness, injury, disability or challenging life events can affect people’s ability to do the day-to-day things that are important for them.
  • Occupational therapists are experts at assessing how different health conditions can affect people’s abilities and helping people to overcome or work around the difficulties that are affecting their daily occupations.
  • Occupational Therapy focuses on people’s strengths and therapy is always guided by the client’s preferences (or those of their family in the case of children).
  • By tailoring a programme that responds to the client’s unique situation and needs Occupational Therapy helps people to live their lives in a way that is meaningful and satisfying for them.

How can Occupational Therapy help my child?

At the core of the OT process, is to carry out a series of tests to determine if a child has any needs and how significant these are.

We know for a fact that every child is different and every child has different needs.  However, there are certain common factors which appear in children who need occupational therapy.  Over the past 50 years, researchers and clinicians have developed a range of standardised tests, which, when carried out on many children of the same ages, give results which are statistically meaningful.  What this means is that if these tests are carried out on a child and the results show a need or weakness in a particular area, then the therapist can be reasonably certain that this need or weakness is real and needs to be addressed.

Whilst no test is absolutely foolproof and results can vary slightly, the therapist is trained to specifically look out for any factors which could unduly affect the results of these tests and take these into consideration.

The results are then combined with clinical observations of the child and together with parent and teacher questionnaires of the child, form a comprehensive picture of the overall needs of the child.  Once these are established, a tailored therapy programme can then be created for the child to address the particular needs.

At the Sunflower Clinic, we occasionally see children who have been referred for an OT assessment, but do not test with any significant need, but may benefit from a specific set of recommendations.  We provide home and school programmes for children who may not need direct OT intervention.

Occupational Therapy Assessment

We provide the follow types of Occupational Therapy assessment:

  1. Screening assessment
  2. Full OT assessment
  3. OT Review assessment
  4. SIPT assessment
  5. Handwriting assessment
  6. Pre-school OT assessment

Please contact your nearest clinic for more details.

Occupational Therapy Treatment

All of our clinics are fully equipped with sensory integration equipment to allow our therapists to provide Occupational Therapy treatment for your child.

Occupational Therapy treatment is usually delivered in blocks of 6, once-per-week, with a review at the end of each block.  You will see the same therapist for each session who will monitor your child’s progress and update you on any changes that may be required in the home or school environments to ensure the best-possible outcome for your child.

A key element in our approach to therapy is to get the school involved from the start, so that any relevant issues are addressed early, to maximise the benefit from therapy.

All therapy is only delivered by fully trained Occupational Therapists.

Please contact your nearest clinic for more details.