The purpose of Paediatric Occupational Therapy is to enable children to participate in daily activities (or occupations) to improve their health, independence and well-being. Occupations for children or young people may include self-care (dressing, eating a meal, using the toilet, making a simple meal), being productive (participating in activities and routines at nursery or school, or volunteering), and leisure (playing with friends, doing sports or hobbies).
Occupational therapists can help babies, children and young people who may need support and advice if they are not able to do daily occupations due to illness, disability, family circumstances, or as a result of changes as they get older.
An occupational therapist will need to identify and understand a child’s usual occupations to discover what difficulties they face. They will support the family and other relevant people such as teachers, to evaluate your child’s challenges and strengths to help them to do those occupations that are important to the family and their 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.