Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy?

The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate optimally in everyday activities.

Our focus is on improving functional abilities so that people can do what they want or need to do day to day. Assessments can be carried out at home, school or in the workplace according to individual need.

“Occupational therapy is a client centered health profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life.

Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement.” – World Federation of Occupational Therapists, 2010

At the Skidmore Clinic we focus on functional ability and creating a suitable environment in which our clients can achieve positive outcomes.

Our areas of Speciality:

  • Paediatric assessment – neurodevelopmental, play and social skills
  • Accessible Accommodation
  • Falls Management
  • Physical Intervention / Seating Assessment
  • Vocational / employment
  • Medico-legal Assessments / reports

If you think you would benefit from seeing one of our Occupational Therapists, please contact the clinic, we would be happy to help.

Some more information on our Paediatric Assessments:

Occupational Therapy Paediatric Assessment

When you contact the clinic enquiring about an Occupational Therapy Assessment for your child, you will be directed to our Parent and/or Teacher Screening forms below and asked to complete them and return to the clinic.  When you have returned the forms to us, including any previous assessment reports, the Senior OT will review the forms and information to determine whether a full paediatric assessment is indicated. You will then be contacted to schedule an appointment.

The Paediatric Assessment takes the following format:

  • Direct assessment with your child, which takes approximately 2 hours.  Depending on his/her age and needs this can be scheduled over 1 or 2 sessions.
  • We use standardised and non-standardised assessment tools.  Some of the assessments will give a score which we can compare to other children of the same age and other assessments are more subjective and based on clinical observation as he/she engages in everyday tasks e.g. handwriting, play, movement.
  • There is a 45-minute parent follow up & feedback session where you will receive a written Report with recommendations.

Screening Assessment (Paediatric)

We also offer a Screening Assessment.  This is a one-hour screening with the OT who will use standardised assessments and clinical observations to determine whether further assessment or onward referral is indicated.  If you are unsure whether your child needs a full Paediatric assessment or if you are waiting assessment with other agencies and would like some advice or recommendations in the interim this may be the option for you.  In preparation for this screening you will be asked to complete parent and/or teacher forms as appropriate, which will assist the OT select the most appropriate assessments.

In relation to feedback you will receive:

  1. Verbal feedback and recommendations  provided on the day
  2. A summary of the assessment and some recommendations for school and/or home

If following the screening assessment, the OT has concerns and feels that your child should complete the full assessment or be referred to another service you will be advised of this.  Completing the full assessment involves another one-hour session with the child and will incur an additional cost.  A 45-minute feedback session and more comprehensive report is included.

Please print and fill out the relevant forms before your appointment:

OT Parent Screening Form

OT School Screening Form

Intervention Packages also available – please contact the clinic for more info.

Our very experienced Occupational Therapists also run regular Handwriting, Co-Ordination and Touch-Typing Groups for school-aged children. Please see the poster below for upcoming dates.

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