Occupational Therapists can support you to join in (participate in) every day activities (occupations) to help you lead a full and happy life, reach your goals and learn the skills you will need during your life to be an active member of your community.
We aim to support you to do the things that you want and need to do. We do this by thinking about you, the occupation and the environment. If these three things are not working together then it can be hard to take part in what you need and want to do. We can help you to make changes to improve your input and enjoyment in everyday life.
Occupations are the activities that you need and want to do everyday. They can be broken down into three types.
The role of Occupational Therapists working with children and young people is to provide intervention, support and/or advice to children and young people (0-18 years) and their families, where there is disability or impairment which impacts on their performance and participation in everyday activities of life.
An initial consultation will be offered to discuss the child/young person's identified needs and plan next steps.
Advice and strategies are offered to children/young people, families, education staff and other professionals working closely with the child/young person; this provides them with the information they need to improve the child/young person's wellbeing.
Occupational Therapy is offered to children/young people who are having difficulty joining in with the activities they need and want to do every day e.g. dressing, using cutlery, completing jigsaws, riding a bike, writing. These difficulties may be due to poor gross and fine motor co-ordination, poor core stability, poor motor planning skills, visual perceptual difficulties or sensory difficulties.
The Occupational Therapy team also offer advice and information to nurseries and schools to develop the staff's knowledge of some of the difficulties the children/young people may have and how they can support them to join in these environments.
This video explains the role of Occupational Therapy for children with additional support needs. This will give you an idea of what to expect if your child has been referred to Occupational Therapy.
There will be a local version available shortly however in the meantime watch this video for more information.
Children and young people who are eligible for referral for Occupational Therapy assessment must be:
Aged 0-19 yrs (if still receiving secondary or special education input) and have a significant difficulty impacting on daily living activities in one or more of the following areas:
There are 4 sectors within GG&C for Paediatric Occupational Therapy:
• North West Sector which includes West Dunbartonshire and parts of East Dunbartonshire
• North East Sector which includes parts of East Dunbartonshire
• South Sector which includes East Renfrewshire
• Inverclyde and Renfrewshire Sector
Please find below all OT addresses and telephone numbers for your specific area within GG&C:
Child Health Corridor
3rd Floor, Maternity Building
Vale of Leven Hospital
Telephone Number: 01389 817284
60 Kinfauns Drive
Telephone Number: 0141 207 7150
103 Paisley Road
Telephone Number: 0141 314 8989
Inverclyde Royal Hospital
Telephone 01475 504630
201 Abercromby Street
Telephone Number: 0141 531 6566
891 Garscube Road
Telephone Number: 0141 201 5685/5718
Gorbals Health & Care Centre
2 Sandiefield Road
Telephone number: 0141 201 5198