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Occupational therapy for children with a disability

Occupational therapy offers help with practical, daily skills to encourage independence.

What an occupational therapist does

An occupational therapist (OT) will work with you as parent or carer, and teachers or other specialists. The OT will assess your child to see what they can do, and what they find difficult. They will then put together a programme based on your child's individual needs.

Programmes may include:

  • individual sessions
  • group sessions
  • recommendations for special equipment
  • advice about adaptations to the home or at school

Skills they may work on with your child

The skills the OT may work on with your child can be used at home, school and in the community.


  • Dressing
  • Feeding
  • Bathing
  • Toileting
  • Play
  • Kitchen skills


  • Handwriting
  • Play
  • P.E.
  • Computers
  • Positioning


  • Hobbies
  • Sports
  • Independence skills
  • Shopping
  • Travel
  • Leisure opportunities

page last reviewed: 10/05/2019
next review due: 10/05/2022