Occupational Therapy Service Coronavirus Update:

We would like to thank you for your continued support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the pandemic, we have had to change the way we work with our children, young people and families.  For further information on how we are working during this time please see our dedicated how we are working during COVID-19 page or for information and resources on COVID-19, including practical help such as returning to school, please see our coronavirus information and resources page.

If you would like to discuss anything with regards to the service we are currently offering please feel free to call us on 0121 722 8010 and talk to a member of the team. We are available Monday – Friday, between 9am and 4.45pm, or alternatively we can be contacted via e-mail on paediatric.occupationaltherapy@nhs.net.

What do we do?

Occupational therapy provides practical support to empower and enable people to do the activities (or occupations) that matter to them at home, at school and during their spare time.

“Occupation” as a term refers to practical and purposeful activities that allow people to live independently and have a sense of identity. This could be essential day-to-day tasks such as self-care, work or leisure.

Paediatric Occupational Therapy consider a child’s participation in activities of daily living (their “occupations”), including self-care (like dressing, toileting, teeth brushing or grooming), school (such as handwriting, using a ruler, using scissors or getting changed for P.E) and leisure activities (including riding a bike or using skipping ropes), that are age and developmentally appropriate.

Our aim is to identify the activities that a child wants or needs to do and consider strategies to make these occupations easier for the young person and/or the adults who support them.

Self-care and
independence skills
School, nursery or
college skills
Leisure and
community skills

The role of the Occupational Therapist is to look into why occupations may be difficult for a young person and to identify ways to make them easier. To help us to understand we explore the following:

The Person

Considering the elements that make up a person such as the child’s individual needs, diagnosis, cultural background, personality, health, cognition, physical performance, and sensory capabilities.

The Environment

This may include things in the physical environment including aspects such as lighting and noise and consider obstacles that may prevent a young person from moving around their home, school or community. We may also consider the social environment too for example, other children within a classroom or family members or siblings at home.

The Occupation

We will then consider the task itself – How is it done? What is the duration of the activity? How complex is the task? How can it be altered or adapted? Is there another way? For example, by using a different pen, allowing more time, using visual aids or by adapting their routine.

Further information

We also want to find out about the activities young people enjoy and what they are good at as this helps us to understand what will motivate young people to reach their potential.

You can find out more about occupational therapy for children and young people from the Royal College of Occupational Therapists website.

Contact details

Paediatric Occupational Therapy
1st Floor, Chelmsley Wood Primary Care Centre
Crabtree Drive
Birmingham
B37 5BU

Tel: 0121 722 8010

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