for Children and Young People
We are Occupational Therapists who work with children and young people who live in the Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan region.
- What we need to do – dressing, washing, eating, sleeping and personal care
- What we have to do – chores and schoolwork
- What we want to do – play and leisure
We want to enable children and young people to join in and master occupational tasks.
We want to support those who help the child or young person, like parents and teachers, to know what works best to progress these occupational tasks.
We want to have a shared understanding of what to expect if a child/young person has a developmental delay or disability and to explore how to adapt a task to make sure the child is involved as much as possible.
We think about how the environment is helping to support occupational development.
- Is the occupation at the ‘Just Right’ level for each individual?
- What is the child’s age and stage of development?
We also think about the uniqueness of each child and young person.
- What have they experienced?
- What skills do they already have?
- And if they have a disability or delay, how might this might affect their occupational participation?
We think about how these things interact and we work with you to remove barriers and to build skills and opportunities for increased occupational participation. We also talk to the child or young person and their parents or carers about their occupations. We may also talk to the child’s teachers and other health staff like doctors, speech and language therapists, psychologists and physiotherapists.
We use games and activities to help us understand what is important to the person and what they want to change.
We explore each child and young person’s underlying qualities. We find out how their sensory and motor development is impacting upon the development of occupations and their mental health and wellbeing.
We listen and assess, train and advise, provide equipment and treatment, with the aim of helping each child and young person to manage their own occupational development and participate fully in their community.
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Occupational Therapy for Children and Young People
1st Floor, Woodland House
Maes Y Coed Road
Phone: 02921 836 910