Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy

What is occupational therapy?

Norwood’s occupational therapy service supports children and young people with social, emotional, mental health and special educational needs or disabilities, experiencing difficulties with independent function and development.

How does it work?

Norwood’s occupational therapy services can be provided in schools, at Norwood’s family centres or other appropriate locations in the community.

All of our occupational therapists are fully qualified, adhere to the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct of the College of Occupational Therapists and are registered with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC).

 What are the benefits?

We support children to develop independence and confidence, to carry out daily activities and make the most of their life, both at home and at school.

For children and young people

  • Increased confidence, self-esteem and independence.
  • Improved mobility and achievements in daily tasks and activities.
  • Improved interaction with peers, teaching staff and the environment.
  • Enhanced educational outcomes.
  • Improved handwriting skills.
  • Improved self regulation strategies for behavioural difficulties.

For schools

  • Evidenced progress regarding children’s achievement.
  • Improved behaviour of children with complex needs.
  • Improved participation in the classroom
  • Improved access to the curriculum.
  • Evidenced effective action by the school in supporting children with a range of social, emotional, mental health, special educational needs or disabilities, reach their potential.
  • Evidenced effective action by the school towards creating a positive learning environment and whole school inclusion.
  • Skilled teaching workforce equipped with techniques and plans to support students’ motor and sensory developmental needs.
  • Creation of a positive sensory environment in the classroom.
  • Evidenced involvement and collaborative working with parents.
  • Positive educational experiences at school.
  • Recommendations to adapting the environment and assistive equipment e.g. specialist seating, pencil grips, adapting the classroom.

What does Norwood offer?

Norwood offers a person centred approach, prioritising each student’s physical, psychological, neurological, social and environmental needs.

To deliver the best in care, our occupational therapists work with families and schools as well as other professionals in our service, such as speech and language therapists, educational psychologists, specialist teachers, social workers and counsellors. This allows for multi-professional working and support.

Why Norwood?

We use a range of methods, specialist techniques, equipment and assistive technology as is found to be most appropriate for the individual.

Find out more

Norwood’s Occupational Therapy service can be commissioned on an ad hoc basis or as part of a flexible integrated package of support that would be tailored to your school’s needs and could include any of our other professional services.

For further information, please contact us on 020 8809 8809 or complete the form and we will reply to your enquiry.