Occupational Therapy at Southfield School offers an assessment and advisory service to those pupils who have an area related to Occupational Therapy on their Education Health Care Plan (EHCP). The assessment that the OT carries out focuses on identifying appropriate strategies, support and equipment to help the pupil access all areas of the curriculum.
After a referral has been made the Occupational Therapist will make an assessment of the child. Assessment will include the use of information gathering from parents, teachers and others involved in the child’s life as well as some standardised and non standardised tests. Following the assessment, a report is produced that includes recommendations which can be carried out mainly at school or at home.
The OT works closely with the teaching staff to develop appropriate strategies to enable the child to carry out activities of daily living as independently and successfully as possible. This helps the child to feel a sense of achievement and control over their environment.
Any intervention recommended is provided through treatment programmes carried out by school staff, equipment recommendations and adaptations to school. Southfield School has a designated Sensory Curcuit room to support those pupils with an individual sensory circuit programme.
Southfield's Occupational Therapist works on a Tuesday morning and aims to help pupils with:
- Self-care and independent living skills
- Gross motor and movement ability
- Fine motor skills and ability to use hands to manipulate objects (handwriting, using scissors, knife/fork etc)
- Sensory processing skills
- Assistive and adaptive equipment
- Specialist seating equipment