What is Occupational Therapy?

"Occupational Therapists work with people of all ages, helping them to carry out the activities that they need or want to do in order to lead healthy and fulfilling lives."
British Association of Occupational Therapists

Occupational therapists examine children's and adult's daily occupations - that is their activities. Occupational therapists aim to support people to achieve as much as they can for themselves, enabling them to get the most out of life. As an occupational therapist, Áine can assist in a variety of ways when people cannot do things which are important to them.

Paediatric occupational therapy applies specialist approaches and techniques to maximise a child's engagement, achievement and independence in all activities, including those at school, play, leisure, self-care skills such as; handwriting, dressing, feeding and study skills.

During sessions, Áine will endeavour to identify why you cannot complete or participate in your everyday activities or why you cannot complete the activities you need to engage in on a regular basis.

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Key Areas

Depending on your needs and situation, Áine may assess difficulties the following areas:

  • Physical - fine motor skills, coordination and balance
  • Mental - self-regulation, task completion, organisational skills, time management and coping strategies
  • Environmental - home, school, university, work or community.
  • Resources for everyday activities - assistive technology, furniture, cooking utensils, and computers.

With an expert understanding of child development, paediatric conditions, and health across the lifespan, Áine will analyse why you or your child may be struggling to carry out specific tasks or activities. Following this an individualised treatment plan will be devised to address your specific priorities. Áine may suggest how to make changes to the person's environment to enable participation in activities, develop specific activities to build your skills, or devise strategies to support your participation in everyday activities with greater ease and confidence.