The purpose of paediatric occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in daily activities (or occupations) to improve health, independence and wellbeing. Occupations for children or young people may include self-care (dressing, eating a meal, using the toilet, making a simple meal), being productive (participating in activities and routines at nursery or school, or volunteering), and leisure (playing with friends, doing sports or hobbies).
Occupational therapists can help babies, children and young people who may need support and advice if they are not able to do daily occupations due to illness, disability, family circumstances, or as a result of changes as they get older.
Occupational therapists will support the child or young person, their family and other relevant people such as teachers, to evaluate challenges and strengths in doing daily activities. This service usually occurs within the child’s natural environment (home, school or other relevant community settings), although specialist assessments may also take place in a clinic.
Meet the team:
I first joined the team as a Student OT in 2013 and joined the team permanently following this. Since joining the team I have had the experience of working in each of the special provisions within Medway as well as working in mainstream schools and nurseries. As someone that struggled to manage in school I feel passionate about helping others reach their potential. As an OT I support the motion that we are occupational beings and have a need to feel valued and be independent. My special interests are supporting children and families with difficulties with sleep and anxiety. Alongside OT I am also a Certified Sleep Coach. Outside of work enjoy cooking, travel and sports.
Having worked for many years as a teaching assistant in an SEN school, supporting children with social, emotional and behavioural needs, I made the decision to train as an occupational therapist. I am an enthusiastic baker and enjoy the performing arts. I enjoy using practical skills such as these to help children develop necessary skills and support them to achieve their potential.
Sandra has been with the team for several years and has worked at Danecourt for many of them years. She has built a brilliant rapour with children and staff and has developed and crafted some amazing activities to support with children’s development. Sandra also support the Physio team handing over exercises to classes and making exercises fun and meaningful to the children.
The Physiotherapy service is based at Snapdragons Centre in Strood. We work in a multi-disciplinary team along side other therapists and professionals such as Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Podiatrists, Dieticians, Nurses and Paediatricians. We work closely as a team to ensure every child's needs are met using a holistic approach.
We deliver therapy both in and out of school depending on the needs of the child and provide programmes of therapy for children to work on within school and home. Programmes are handed over to staff/families when required so they can be integrated into their daily routine to ensure the most benefit to the child.
The Physiotherapist will visit Danecourt as frequently as required, but usually around 2-3 times per term (depending on the needs of the children within the school at that time). There is always a named therapist covering the school, however due to staff changes this could change. If parents or school wish to contact our team they can call on 0300 123 3444 using option 2 or email us at MEDCH.firstname.lastname@example.org.