Occupational Therapy
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. 

girl being helped to wash handsWe see children and young people aged 0 to 18-years old, who are having difficulty developing occupational tasks.

Occupational tasks can be described as:

  • 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 think about why something might not be developing, and we look for the things and ways that help an individual make progress. For instance, poor coordination may affect how a button is fastened so using larger buttons or developing fine motor skills may lead to buttons being mastered.

Please watch our video ‘Understanding Occupational Therapy’

Boy in wheelchair buttering breadWe 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.

daddy teaching toddler how to put socks onWe 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.  

Cardiff and Vale UHB Occupational Therapy: We help you to live your life - your way.
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How to access Occupational Therapy for Children and Young People.

To make a Request for Assistance please contact us on 02921 836910. Please see this leaflet for more information on our Request for Assistance process.

Contact details

Occupational Therapy for Children and Young People
1st Floor, Woodland House
Maes Y Coed Road
CF14 4HH

Phone: 02921 836 910

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