** Currently available at Loughborough and Leicester only **
What can Occupational Therapy help with?
Occupational Therapists use meaningful everyday activities (occupations) as a therapeutic tool to promote health and well-being. They understand how mental health challenges impact on a person’s ability to carry out chosen and required everyday activities.
For some people, they may lack motivation to carry out those activities that they need or want to do; they might find their daily routines unrewarding or overwhelming due to a mental health condition. Some mental health conditions make it difficult to concentrate on and know what to do within everyday activities.
For others, being able to carry out daily activities within a social environment, can be overwhelming. Mental health conditions within childhood and adulthood can contribute towards these difficulties, including: anxiety, depression, ADHD, autism, trauma and attachment difficulties etc. Occupational Therapists support people to overcome these challenges and engage in the activities that matter to them - helping them to reach their full potential.
Occupational Therapists can also carry out specialist work around sensory difficulties (please click here to see our sensory assessment page).
What does an assessment involve?
An initial assessment appointment usually lasts 1.5 hours. This will involve discussions (including parents/carers for children) and standardised assessments to gain an understanding of the everyday activities that matter the most to that individual and have become challenging. The assessments involve a thorough analysis of engagement in meaningful everyday activities, both past and present, to understand each individual's preferences and the difficulties that are contributing to these challenges.
What can I expect following an assessment?
A comprehensive written report will summarise the assessment findings, identifying occupational challenges. Recommendations and goals will be tailored to individual needs, supporting people to engage in the activities that matter to them. A telephone consultation will be conducted to explain the findings of the report and to answer any further questions. Recommendations could take the form of modification of activities/routines or signposting to activities or services. Further intervention can consist of therapy sessions to modify activities, goal setting and follow-up, and developing skills within activities. This intervention can be facilitated at the clinic or within more naturalistic settings as required.
Contact Us to book an Occupational Therapy assessment, or for information about fees.