Support for Schools / Nurseries

Occupational therapists can work at three major levels within health, social care, and education:

Level 1

Whole population or universal programmes designed for all children and young people. For example:

• A ‘whole school’ approach to delivering occupational therapy, where therapists share professional knowledge and skills with school staff, to improve the engagement and participation of children in a range of school occupations.

Level 2

Targeted or selective services designed to support children and young people who are at risk of poorer health or wellbeing outcomes. For example:

• An occupational therapy programme to develop social skills. Occupational therapy input to support teachers in adapting classroom tasks.

Level 3

Intensive, or specialist occupational therapy services provided for children and young people with identified mental, physical, emotional, learning or behavioural needs which impact on their participation in life roles. For example:

• Use of an individualized intervention approach. Therapy programmes that are tailored to the child’s interests and strengths can improve functional outcomes.

An Occupational Therapist commissioned within a school can become part of the school team. Offering whole class support, adapted environment, identifying needs, small group work, devising and following EHC targets, Providing training to staff and also liasing with parents and carers.