What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapists work with people to help them achieve independence in the daily activities they need and want to do. OTs work with people of all ages and in hospital and community settings, with people with mental health and with physical disabilities.
With children, Occupational Therapists work on building independence in Play Skills such as gross and fine motor skills, Self-care skills such as eating and dressing, and Skills for School Life, such as following routines and coping with busy environments.
Rosie is our School Occupational Therapist. Rosie worked as a children’s OT in NHS community teams, Social Services, in mainstream and special schools and as an independent therapist before coming to work at Drumbeat school.
How does Occupational Therapy work at Drumbeat School?
The OT works alongside class teachers and support staff so that therapy activities can be incorporated into the children’s daily routines in school. Rosie works across all the key stages from reception class to our sixth form leavers at Brockley and Occupational Therapy input can look very different for each key stage.
- In Early Years we might do lots of gross motor and sensory play.
- In middle school years we have more of a focus on fine motor skills and independence around school.
- In Sixth Form, looking to the future with more self-help including domestic activities.
Because many children and young people with autism have difficulties with sensory processing, Rosie works with children and the adults who support them to make sure children get the sensory input they need, and advises on adapting activities and environments to suit each pupil’s sensory needs.
Rosie leads some of the parent forums particularly those around independence in everyday life, and works with small groups of parents of children with very restricted diets.