What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Function

“All children have a very important job to do. They have to grow, learn, socialise and play. Children do this every day by exploring the boundaries of their abilities. When they are successful, children develop and thrive and this sense of achievement makes them happy.

However, if children have learning, emotional, psychological or physical difficulties, this can hinder their ability to grow, learn, socialise and play, resulting in them not coping with basic activities such as getting dressed or brushing their teeth. Equally at school, children may have difficulty concentrating in class or lack the confidence to take part in playground games such as playing catch. This will affect their ability to learn, participate in school activities and make friends, which can be difficult, because ‘fitting in’ is so important to a child’s self-esteem and happiness.”

British Association of Occupational Therapists


What does Occupational Therapy mean for children and young people?

Occupational Therapy is a way of supporting children and young people to help them get the most from their lives by finding solutions to minimise their difficulties and achieve their potential - whatever issues they may be facing.

It can be used effectively when a condition is first diagnosed or it can help build skills and improve confidence when circumstances change.


Sometimes a child will need Occupational Therapy to help them change the way in which they complete an activity, at home or school. This might involve working with them on their ability to co-ordinate themselves, use their arms and hands more effectively, or improve their planning skills.

Occupational Therapy is usually activity-based through play, group or individual sessions which are integrated into the child’s environment at home, at school and in a clinic setting.

Occupational Therapists can also assess specialised equipment and recommend technology and adaptations to the child's home, school or community in order to boost independence.

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