Children have a very important job to do. They have to grow, learn, socialise and play. When they are successful, children develop and thrive and this sense of achievement makes them happy. Helping children to develop and thrive
When might a child need to see an OT Some children have sensory or physical difficulties which can hinder their ability to grow, learn, socialise and play. They may struggle with basic activities such as getting dressed or brushing their teeth They may have difficulty concentrating in class or lack the confidence to play games such as catch.
How can an Occupational Therapist help? OTs work with the child, parents and teachers to find ways to minimise the difficulties children face, helping them get the most from life.
Some of the ways an OT may help are: Developing activities to increase hand strength or recommending equipment to help a child to hold a pencil or fasten buttons. Recommending a special chair to help a severely disabled child to sit in a supported and safe way. Providing advice to a school on how to help a child to concentrate or participate in classroom tasks.
To find out more about your local Children’s OT service contact Your local child development centre – Peace Children’s Centre, Watford Pat Lewis Child Development Centre, Hemel Hempstead St Albans Children’s Centre, St Albans Danestrete Health Centre, Stevenage Bull Plain Clinic, Hertford www.hertschs.nhs.ukwww.hertschs.nhs.uk www.hertsdirect.orgwww.hertsdirect.org
To find out more about a career as an OT visit the College of OT website at