Occupational Therapy

Children's Occupational Therapists (OTs) work with children, their family, school and wider team, to enable the child to achieve their full potential, and become more independent in the activities they need to do at school and at home.

We help children who experience difficulties with such tasks as:

  • Being able to sit independently on a chair or toilet.
  • Personal care and dressing.
  • Fine motor skills and tool use (including using pencils, scissors, cutlery).
  • Accessing switches.
  • Sensory processing, for example children who find it difficult to calm or settle themselves.

OTs work to provide ideas, strategies and equipment to promote children’s functional skills, these might include:

  • Specialist supportive seating, supportive toilet chairs, switches, or small items of equipment (e.g. cutlery) to help develop independence in everyday tasks.
  • Advice on positioning and upper limb stretches and providing hand splints to maintain range of movement and prevent contractures and deformities.
  • Advice and strategies on incorporating sensory strategies within the classroom.

Who we work with
Children's Occupational Therapists (OTs) work with children, their family, school and wider team, to enable the child to achieve their full potential and become more independent in the everyday activities they need to do at school and at home, such as  self-care and leisure and play activities.

More specifically we assess for specialist seating/toileting, to support children unable to sit independently, assess and provide advice on positioning, therapeutic handling and upper limb stretches, and provide hand splints to maintain range of movement, and reduce risk of contractures and deformities. We consider upper limb function in activities which may involve dressing, feeding, cutlery and tool use, and provide advice and strategies on incorporating sensory strategies within the classroom for children with sensory processing difficulties, who may, for example, find it difficult to calm or settle themselves

Children are seen for an episode of specialised input to address the functional concern. OTs work closely with school staff and families, providing advice and strategies.

How we work
We work in partnership with the leadership team of the school involving ourselves in service development, training and enhancing the environment. Additionally we support class teams to meet the needs of their children throughout their school day. We provide direct, specialised therapeutic intervention to address an identified functional concern, which they would then be supported with, within their everyday environment.

Willow Dene has a service level agreement with the OT team which secures two days per week of dedicated sensory processing OT time.  This time supports our Sensory Processing Co-ordinators role and includes provision of sensory diets, specialist resourcing, focus groups and sensory circuits.

How to get in touch
If you want to talk about therapy provision, please call 0208 854 0594