Occupational Therapy

The role of the Occupational Therapist is to work with children who for a variety of reasons may have difficulties engaging in the curriculum and daily routines.

Occupation Therapy can support children who are experiencing difficulties with:

  • Handwriting
  • Sensory processing
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Attention and concentration
  • Self-care skills such as washing and dressing.

The Occupational Therapist works with the child, curriculum staff and parent/ carers to enable the child to be as independent as possible with every day activities to maximize their learning.
Occupational Therapy input may consist of direct 1:1 work, group work or whole class based approaches implemented by the curriculum staff. Examples of interventions may include: sensory diets and equipment, regulation programmes, sensory circuits, fine and gross motor programmes, environmental modifications.

The principal and leadership team, well supported by the Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust, have provided strong leadership, which has had a positive impact on the school’s effectiveness. As a result, there have been improvements in all areas, most noticeably in pupils’ behaviour and attitudes, the curriculum and in the wider opportunities for pupils.

Ofsted, February 2019

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