What happens during a school or nursery visit?

Sometimes the occupational therapist will observe the young person at school or nursery to see how they interact with activities, people and the school environment. The therapist will take care not to draw attention to the individual and often the young person will be unaware that they are being observed. The therapist will usually arrange to speak to the young person’s teacher, support assistant and/or Senco outside the classroom to gather additional information.

Some schools in Solihull purchase additional occupational therapy for their students. Input may be requested for a group of children (e.g. those in one class or those with particular sensory needs or) or for individuals. In these cases, the occupational therapy assessment, report and recommendations focus on a young person’s needs within the school context although parents/carers will also be provided with a copy of the assessment report.