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Meeting the demand for children’s occupational therapy


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Meeting the demand for children’s occupational therapy

The number of children with special educational needs and disabilities is rising and with it, the demand for occupational therapy. Occupational Therapy Week 2019, from 4 November, will look at how small changes occupational therapists make have a big impact on the services they support.

A new report from the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) explains how basing occupational therapists in schools can reduce waiting times, extend the reach of occupational therapy to more children, and relieve pressure on children’s services. Occupational therapists in Camden work alongside teachers to identify children whose development is at risk and recommend strategies to help them reach their potential.

The number of children referred for occupational therapy has reduced as a result of earlier intervention. If you would be interested to learn more about designing services to meet the growing demand for children’s occupational therapy, please contact sally.payne@rcot.co.uk, RCOT professional adviser for children and young people.