Occupational Therapy (OT) aims to develop a child’s or young person’s ability to carry out daily living activities, thereby promoting independence and quality of life.
The Occupational Therapist at Penn Hall is a member of a community based team (Wolverhampton City NHS Primary Care Trust) who works alongside Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Therapists, nurses and school staff. The overall goal of OT is to help maximise motor and perceptual abilities and to develop as much independence as possible in activities of daily living. Special equipment may be recommended where appropriate.
The OT works in the following areas:
- seating and positioning including access to ICT
- self help skills such as feeding and drinking, toileting, dressing and life skills,
- play and perceptual skills,
- fine motor skills,
- groups based on the principles of sensory integration theory.
- 'Cool Kidz' sessions
Good liaison is maintained with the Paediatric Occupational Therapist at the Independant Living Service (ILS) in Wolverhampton regarding equipment in the home and also with OTs working in neighbouring areas.