What do we do?

Occupational Therapists are interested in how children and young people manage the everyday activities that keep them busy at home, at school and during their spare time. Our aim is to identify the activities that a child wants or needs to do and to find ways to make these activities 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 find out why these activities are difficult for a young person and to identify ways to make them easier. There can be many reasons for a young person’s difficulties including poor motor or organisational skills, lack of confidence or because they process sensory information differently. Once we understand why a young person has difficulty with everyday tasks, we can explore ways to make activities easier, for example by:

Physical development

Developing the young person’s confidence, skills or abilities e.g. their muscle strength and coordination.

Risk assessment

Adapting the environment e.g. removing obstacles that prevent a young person from moving around their school.

Alternative learning

Finding other ways to do things e.g. by using a different pen or school chair, 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
B37 5BU

Tel: 0121 722 8010

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