What actually is a Paediatric OT?

Hi all,

Thanks so much for visiting our new blog! Today we will be talking about what is an Occupational Therapist otherwise known as an OT.

I’d love to say I have a straight forward definition, believe me, I’ve been searching for a straight forward answer to this question ever since I qualified in hopes of providing a simple answer to “so what do you do?” rather than my response of “how long do you have?”.

OT is quite a broad job which makes it hard to sum it up in one sentence so bear with me as I try to explain it as best as I can. I will be focusing on Paediatric Occupational Therapy/Occupational Therapy for children.

  • What’s an “occupation”?

Occupational Therapists are concerned with a child’s everyday occupations… and by Occupation we don’t mean a chosen career or job, we are talking about meaningful activities or in other words every task a child has to do throughout the day.

When we are thinking about all the tasks children do we are looking at everything from getting up in the morning, getting themselves ready for school, getting into school, completing work in school, playing with friends, completing homework, getting showered… the list goes on, all of these activities can be described as occupations.

For some children, there are barriers to completing these tasks/occupations and this may be due to a physical disability, cognitive difficulties, reduced self-esteem/confidence, poor muscle tone, poor coordination, a sensory difficulty etc or possibly you are unsure what the barrier is.

As Occupational Therapists we look at your child’s everyday tasks and in particular any that may be of difficulty and we work with the family, the school and anyone else who may be involved with your child’s care in identifying why this is may be a difficulty and what we can do about it.

  • OT Assessment and Treatment

We can provide treatment to children with or without a diagnosis some of which include diagnoses such as fine motor delays, visual motor delays, Sensory Processing difficulties, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Downs Syndrome and other developmental, degenerative or neurological conditions.

At Cork Kids OT we will complete an individualized assessment.  Together with the child’s family, we will set goals and develop a customized therapy plan.  Therapy will be provided in the clinic. Depending on the goals of the child, he or she may receive therapy in individual or group sessions.  We will also provide guidance and education to family members and caregivers to ensure continuity of goals.

If you are concerned about your child having difficulty with any everyday activities, we may be able to help so make sure to give us a call on 021 4295800 where you can discuss this with us and we can advise on the best steps forward.

Stay tuned for more upcoming videos/posts where we will discuss the assessment process and therapy sessions.


Alice Crowley

About Alice Crowley

Alice is a Senior Occupational Therapist originally from Co. Cork. Following 4 years of studying in Aberdeen, Alice graduated from Robert Gordon University with an Honours BSc Degree in Occupational Therapy.
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