The aim of Occupational Therapy is to promote independence in all aspects of life supporting students to develop, achieve and find enjoyment in everyday activities.
The Occupational Therapist considers the underlying reasons for a student’s difficulties in performing an activity. A student may have difficulties with:
- How the body processes and integrates sensory information.
- Emotional and sensory regulation.
- Fine and gross motor skills needed for everyday tasks in school and home.
In addition to ensuring that outcomes and provision are met within the EHCPs, the Occupational Therapist works closely with school leaders, teaching staff and the wider multidisciplinary team to provide daily access to learning opportunities to develop functional skills, confidence and independence.
Examples of these include the provision of bikes and bike ability classes, access to community swimming pools and the development of outdoor spaces, such as the play area and track.