Poole Road Medical Centre, 7 Poole Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5QR
Tel: 01202 743674
The specialist paediatric occupational therapy (OT) service works towards enabling independence in children and young people. TCT's occupational therapists are committed to supporting them to increase their ability to be free to participate in social activities, and function successfully in school and at home.
Therapy is focused on activities that improve the child’s ability to function in daily life, particularly with motor, perceptual and daily living skills.
Our friendly and highly-experienced team supports children and young people whose health or disability makes it hard for them to do the things they would like to do. We help them to regain or enable their independence through improving attention/concentration, fine and gross motor skills, visual perception, self-care skills, or any underlying sensory processing abilities.
Sessions are fun, engaging in functional and meaningful activities. A variety of well-established methods and techniques are used while changing the environment and incorporating equipment to assist children to achieve developmental milestones such as fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination to help with play, school or independent skills (e.g. throwing a ball, getting dressed, holding a pen or knife and fork).
Occupational therapy is available in person at our clinic, and time permitting, at home or in educational settings. The service can also be delivered online with families enjoying great success with our virtual sessions too.
The OT team at TCT is excellent at troubleshooting and provides consultancy, advice, and training for other professionals and settings as outlined here.
A flyer outlining full details of our paediatric occupational therapy service is available below.
We provide specialist knowledge and skills to support children and young people with complex Neurodevelopmental conditions and syndromes.
Activities of Daily Living & Organisational Skills
We can help children and young people master activities of daily living (ADLs) to enable a young person to be as independent as possible.
Our OTs can support with practical advice, strategies, resources and equipment.
The team will view a child or young person as a whole to give a comprehensive overview of their development. They look for any immature, patchy or missing foundation motor skills and the reasons behind them.
Our OTs can provide both standardised (scored) assessments along with observations. They will advise and guide the family, making tailored recommendations based on the findings.
Observation and assessment of handwriting skills, plus the underlying function and processing skills required to produce effective and legible writing.
Where appropriate, this can include an in-depth look at visual perception.
Developmental Early Intervention
Our OTs can be an integral part of the Developmental Early Intervention Service which helps to facilitate the independent functioning of infants and toddlers and their families.
We can support a family’s capacity to care for their child and promote their development and participation in natural environments where the child and family live, work and play. This includes practical assistance with everyday routines by addressing areas including activities of daily living, rest and sleep, play, education, and social participation.
Equipment: Advice, Assessment & Alteration
We can provide expert advice regarding new equipment and expertise regarding altering existing equipment. This includes liaising with third-party reps.
Assessments are followed up with feedback and recommendations.
This service can take place in our clinic, at home or in settings.
A sensory profile/screen can form part of the assessment process. From this traits and behaviours can be identified.
The findings are used along with observations to enable us to provide advice and recommendations tailored to the individual.
This is an add-on which we would combine with assessment or therapy.
NB: Please note we do not offer a full sensory assessment service at TCT.