Every child and young person has opportunity to access Occupational Therapy (OT) as part of their curriculum.
Endeavour Academy has an Occupational Therapist as part of our permanent staff team who is trained in sensory integration and provides programmes of support for our children to enable them to learn strategies to be at the calm/alert state in which they can be at their best to learn. Children and Young People with autism have a range of difficulties that impact on their participation in activities at home, at school and in the community. These difficulties can include sensory processing and motor skills.
Occupational Therapy can support children and young people with autism to participate in activities more independently. This may be done by adapting the task or the environment or by using specific activities to improve the difficulties experienced. OTs also work with school staff and parents so that they can join in with the same programme and help their children to achieve independence.
OT Intervention at Endeavour Academy includes:
- Observation and assessment of how individual children and young people’s motor skills and sensory processing difficulties impact on their participation in day to day life
- Trialling of strategies, environmental adaptations and equipment to support young people's participation, understanding and comfort in a range of academic, self-care and leisure activities
- Implementation and monitoring individual programmes to work on the development of specific skills
- Providing support, modeling, advice and training to all staff and parents on addressing sensory processing and motor difficulties and supporting independence
- Liaison and joint working with teaching staff and staff from Endeavour House, as well as other professionals who may be involved with the young people.
Examples of Occupational Therapy at Endeavour include:
- Developing handwriting
- Modulating arousal levels
- Managing anxiety
- Managing sensory seeking/avoiding behaviours
- Planning and organisation
- Increasing attention span
- Increasing time spent sitting for activities
- Taking part in a wider range of school activities
- Eating and drinking (increasing tolerance of new foods; using cutlery and cups)
- Self-care skills (washing, brushing teeth, brushing hair, dressing, using toilet)
- Accessing the community through school outings and visits.
A message from Endeavour's Occupational Therapist
Please follow this link from Sian, the Occupational Therapist at Endeavour.
Guide for parents and carers from Falkirk Council - Making Sense of Sensory Behaviours.
Example of a Sensory Ladder - used by the Occupational Therapist at Endeavour Academy
This video explains Sensory Processing Disorders from a child's point of view