What is occupational therapy?
Occupational therapy enables people to participate in daily life to improve their health and wellbeing.
Daily life is made up of many activities and for children or young people may include self-care (getting ready, eating a meal, using the toilet), being productive (going to nursery or school), and leisure (playing with friends or doing hobbies)..
Occupational therapists help babies, children and young people who may need support and advice if they are not able to do daily activities due to illness or disability for example.
An occupational therapist will need to identify and understand your child’s usual activities to understand the difficulties they face. They will support you and other relevant people such as teachers, to evaluate your child’s challenges and strengths to help them to do those things that are important to you and your child.
The occupational therapist may suggest alternative ways of doing things, providing advice on learning new approaches and techniques, or making changes to the environment, for example, through using equipment or adaptations.
Watch the video below to find out more about the Camden occupational therapy service for children and young people.
This video was produced by Camden Special Educational Needs team and the occupational therapy service for children and young people at the Royal Free Hospital in order to inform children and families about the role of occupational therapy in schools. The video has been designed to support the Camden local offer and will be used to train Camden education staff and provide awareness of intervention approaches in schools.
You can find out more by contacting Children's Occupational Therapy.