Occupational therapy is designed to enable children to master daily tasks
and achieve personal goals, such as tying a lace, communicating their
needs or using a wheelchair independently for the first time. Engaging
successfully with daily tasks contributes to self confidence, health and
Children who experience barriers to their everyday functioning often require
extra care and management from those closest to them. Parents and carers
often take on the primary responsibility for managing and coordinating
this care. The occupational therapy team supports carers in this role
to ensure that they feel able to do this appropriately.
What do we do?
We aim to minimize the impact of illness and disability on young people’s
participation in everyday life. The occupational therapy team would like
the young people under our care to thrive, develop and grow so that they
can live rewarding and satisfying lives.
Our team is experienced in assessing children’s ability to do daily
tasks so that we can formulate a treatment plan to address their needs.
Assessment: The aim of assessment is to highlight a child’s strengths and areas
of need. The information gathered is used to determine the influence that
disability and illness might have on the child's participation in daily tasks.
Advice: At Sidra Medicine, we offer specialist advice, within specific clinical
areas, to support children’s functioning at school, at home and
during leisure or play activities.
Treatment: Specialist treatment interventions may be suggested to complement the
advice given. This may include splinting and hand therapy, postural management,
group therapy and pressure care. In some cases, we may establish new techniques
to help the young person to complete daily tasks or recommend specialist
equipment to enable the patient to join in with tasks and challenges at
home or at school.
Liaison: We will communicate with other services as necessary to ensure the continuation
of care and support to young people as they return to their homes, families
and communities. This may include charities, community services and local
Discharge Planning: Our team helps with the discharge process. Therapists ensure that children
are able to participate safely in their home and school environments after
a hospital stay and may put families in touch with agencies that can help
to facilitate this.
Where do we work?
At Sidra Medicine we employ a team of highly specialized OT’s who
work in outpatient clinics and inpatient units. The occupational therapy
team offer specialized assessment and treatment for children between the
ages of 0-18 who have difficulties with independence due to illness or
disability. Our OT’s work across several multidisciplinary teams
including Neonatology, Neurology, Physical Rehabilitation Medicine, Plastics
and Craniofacial, Rheumatology, Developmental Pediatrics and Orthopedics.
What role does the family play?
We believe parents and families are experts on their children. The pediatric
OT will work together with your child, family, and medical team to develop
a plan to promote success in everyday activities. Parents are an important
part of helping us understand their child’s needs and providing
support in carrying out this plan every day.