Our Occupational Therapy (OT) team is highly experienced in working with students with complex physical disabilities. The OT team offers a holistic approach which aims to meet the child’s’ ongoing health and physical development needs. We recognise the individual requirements of all our children and offer individualised OT programmes.
Being based on site means that Occupational Therapy is integrated throughout the student’s day, supporting and enhancing their learning both in class and during break times, care and on the residential house. Developing a child’s skills in engaging in aspects of eating, drinking and other personal care is an integral part of their day. Working closely with our school and college colleagues to deliver therapy programmes in a variety of settings minimises time lost from education and maximises joint outcomes.
Occupational Therapy programmes at Treloar’s include:
- Assessment of appropriate equipment and strategies to help students and their carers in the management and development of personal care skills
- Educational access assessments- ensuring that students have the equipment they require to access their computer and the curriculum
- Review of Posture, seating and comfort
- Sensory skill awareness and development
- Fine motor and play/ leisure skill development
- Wheelchair and Mobility skills
- Safe Community Access
- Independence for Travel
- And Domestic independence
Skills are practised in real-life situations and settings both on campus and within the local community and aim to give students the confidence and skills they need to live as independently as possible
The OT’s are involved in weekly multi-disciplinary planning and in setting targets for each student. These targets are typically interdisciplinary and will be facilitated in joint sessions with colleagues from speech & language therapy, physiotherapy, assistive technology, education and residential services.