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OT Assistant for Classroom or Home Support


OT for Kids provide ongoing Occupational Therapy assistant support for children with complex needs both in school and at home. This support is provided by a highly experienced Occupational Therapist and implemented by an Occupational Therapy Assistant.


What is an OT Assistant?


An OT assistant is an Occupational Therapy assistant. This is an individual who is experienced in providing Occupational Therapy interventions and treatments but is overseen by a qualified and experienced paediatric Occupational Therapist. The qualified Occupational Therapist would first assess the child and outline a detailed plan to improve the addressed difficulties. It is the role of the OT assistant to implement the treatment plan outlined by the qualified Occupational Therapist.

Treatment plans would be regularly reviewed and graded to meet the individual needs of the child by the Occupational Therapist. The Occupational Therapist would also meet with the parents, school and OT assistant in ensuring the best possible level of care is being provided to the child. This would include aspects such as:
  • Adaptive Equipment
    • Writing boards
    • Pencil grips
    • Seating modifications
    • Wheelchair modifications
  • Classroom and environmental changes
    • Seating plans
    • Optimisation of learning position within the classroom
  • Regular support and guidance
    • Meetings with teachers and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators
    • Meetings with parents
This is not an exclusive list, however, it does provide a detailed description into the level of support and care OT for Kids provide to children who receive ongoing Occupational Therapy input from an OT assistant.

Who would benefit from classroom or home support from an OT Assistant?


Children who would be suitable for ongoing input from an Occupational Therapy assistant either within the classroom or at home are most likely to have a high number of complex needs. These needs would be managed by a qualified and experienced paediatric Occupational Therapist and implemented by a Occupational Therapy assistant on site.

The following is a list of conditions or difficulties that children experience who would benefit from receiving ongoing Occupational Therapy input:
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Stroke
  • Dyspraxia or Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD)
  • Autism
  • Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Developmental Delay
  • Hydrocephalus (Child)
  • Multiple Sclerosis (Child)
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Down's Syndrome
  • Rett Syndrome
  • Acquired Head/Brain injury
  • Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)
  • Handwriting difficulties
  • Visual deficits
  • Co-ordination difficulties
  • Problems successfully completing sports or outdoor activity

What are the benefits of ongoing Occupational Therapy support in Classroom or at home?


There are many benefits of using an Occupational Therapy assistant during school or regularly at home, some of which are:
  • Regular tailored Occupational Therapy support
  • Onsite Occupational Therapy assistant
  • Regular reviews and adaptations to treatment plan
  • Work with school in modifying the environment and learning needs
  • Regular 1:1 intervention and treatment for difficulties
  • Improvement in key skills needed for childhood development
  • External support during preparation for exams or academic measures
  • Input can be provided to more than one child within a school
  • Input can be provided to individual cases both at home and at school

If you would like to know more information regarding how OT for Kids can help your child, or a child at your school, please email office@otforkids.co.uk or call 0330 223 0888

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