What is Occupational Therapy?

The core purpose of Occupational Therapy for Children is to empower and enable children, young people, and their families to live their lives as independently and easily as possible.

Occupational Therapists believe that taking part in everyday activities (or “occupations”) improves wellbeing and enables people to live safe, happy, and healthy lives. Occupational Therapy uses a holistic and family centred approach, considering the aspects of the person, their occupations and environment. Adapting aspects in any of these areas can improve participation and wellbeing.

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Occupations for children or young people include:

Self-Care: Learning to wash, dress, eat & toilet independently

Play and Leisure: It is through play that children learn and practice new skills, make friends, and find a sense of self.

Education: Participation in education is a key occupation for children and young people.