What is Paediatric Occupational Therapy?

Paediatric occupational therapists support children and young people (aged 0 - 18 years, or 19 years in full time education in special schools) to carry out activities (or occupations) they need, want, or are expected to do, but are prevented from doing due to impairments, injuries or developmental conditions. 

Paediatric occupational therapists can suggest alternative ways of carrying out activities. provide advice on learning new approaches and help children and young people develop their independence skills within activities of daily living.

Examples of Activities of Daily Living (ADLs): 

  • Self-Care: washing, dressing, feeding/eating, toileting, sleep
  • Productivity: school based activities; writing, scissor use
  • Leisure: participating in out of school groups, play based skill   
      

(Information taken from https://www.bhamcommunity.nhs.uk/patients-public/children-and-young-people/services-parent-portal/paediatric-occupational-therapy-service/

Occupational Therapy Advice Line

The paediatric occupational therapy advice line is part of our universal offer, which supports with giving early help to families and professionals working with the child.

This service can be accessed without a referral or for those families already open to our service. Families and professionals will be able to discuss any specific difficulties with a Senior Occupational Therapist. The Therapist will be able to provide practical advice, strategies and support in relation to a child’s independence skills within every day activities. 

The advice line is available Monday to Friday, from 09.00 to 16.00 hours, for children aged 0 - 18 years (up to 19 years if in full time special school education) and registered with a Birmingham GP.

Tel: 0121 683 2325

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