Children's occupational therapist (or paediatric occupational therapist)

What is the role of the children’s occupational therapist?

Occupational therapists (OTs) are health professionals, registered with the Health and Care Professions council (HCPC).

Occupational therapists aim to help children and young achieve their full potential in their ability to play, learn and look after themselves.  The aim is to improve a child or young person’s level of independence and quality of life and support families and other carers who are involved with these children and young people.

They can work with a variety of children with special educational needs, disability and complex health difficulties, and work in the setting that is most appropriate for the child, young person or their family/carers, including home, clinic, education setting or respite.

Occupational therapists may be employed by health, social services or charities and the commissioned service may vary depending on where you live.

Is the role known by different names in children’s services and adult services?

Occupational therapists work in health and social care with the adult population.

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