The British Journal of Occupational Therapy defines OT as “Occupational therapists… help people engage as independently as possible in the activities (occupations) which enhance their health and wellbeing”.
The OT team at St Joseph’s Specialist School & College work with education and care staff and parents to develop the skills of the students so they can achieve as much as possible both independently and with help.
This involves assessment by the Occupational Therapist on a variety of skills including fine motor skills, visual perceptual skills, co-ordination, sensory processing and self-help skills.
A programme is then set up with achievable aims and objectives to enable the student to develop their skills. This may involve individual therapy, group or classroom activities.
The Occupational therapists liaise closely with teaching staff, care staff, families and other professionals and attend and contribute to EHCP and Annual Review meetings.
Progress reports are sent regularly via the School / Home link book, OT reports or annual review meetings. The OT is also always available to discuss programme progress with parents.
Many of our students also have sensory processing difficulties e.g. difficulty processing the sensory information they receive from their environment. The OT team also assess students for these difficulties and work with school staff, care staff and home to help the students with these issues and the difficulties they can impose on the student’s everyday life.