Children and Young People's Occupational Therapy Service

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The Children and Young People’s Occupational Therapy Service aims
to provide an occupation centred approach as a way to improve
Health and Well Being for children.
Occupations are all the activities we do in our daily lives. We will
focus upon those occupations that are meaningful and important
to your child and family.

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy enables people to achieve health, wellbeing and life satisfaction through participation in meaningful occupation.

                                                                     College of Occupational Therapists 2004
 
Occupational Therapy enables people to participate in daily life to improve their health and well being. Occupational Therapists provide advice, reassurance, support, assessment and intervention to help children and young people to develop their skills in everyday activities. This may involve self-care, productivity and/or leisure skills.

Children and Young People's Occupational Therapists work closely with the child, their family and members of staff from different teams, including schools and nurseries to identify areas of need in order to help with specific functional difficulties. The children and young people’s OT service is for children from birth to school leaving age.
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Self-Care

What is Self–Care?
Self–Care covers the skills required to look after yourself - for example washing, getting dressed, tying your shoe laces etc:
Tying Shoe Laces

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Productivity

What is Productivity?
Productivity covers the skills required to support you to do activities such as helping out at home or taking part in class at school or nursery:
Child Writing on Whiteboard

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Leisure

What is Leisure?
Leisure covers the skills required to take part in activities such as outdoor play, sports, hobbies, socialising with friends and family etc:
Boy on a Bike

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