Physical Health and Disability
Our understanding of child and adolescent development provides essential knowledge for assessing children and for identifying the most appropriate activities, materials, equipment and environments to support your child’s skill development and participation in their community.
The children we see have a broad range of physical health conditions and disabilities. These include:
- Prematurity, birth injuries e.g Brachial Plexus, Birth defects e.g Spina Bifda
- Trauma-induced conditions, such as spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and burn injury when the child is in the rehabilitation and community re-integration phase of care
- Orthopaedic injuries, traumatic amputations, severe head injuries and post-surgical conditions.
- Neuro-motor conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, Visual impairment and Blindess
- Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
- Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy and other chronic illnesses. Chronic Fatigue-Syndrome / Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / ME
- Genetic Disorders and Syndromes
- Childhood Obesity
How can KMA help?
Our specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapists can carry out an assessment of your child’s Activities of Daily Living (ADL), Sleep, Rest, School and Community Participation, Play, Pre-Writing and Handwriting Skills, Participation and though Assistive Technology and Mobility needs.
We use a range of standardised tests and assessments which are specifically designed for use with children. Assessments can be carried out to:
- help determine medical, developmental or educational diagnosis (in co-operation with other relevant professionals)
- document developmental, functional and participation status
- plan intervention programmes
- measure progress and outcomes
Our Occupational Therapists are also highly skilled in assessing and supporting adults with a Physical Disability as well. The assessment process may involve family, carers or other support networks as appropriate.
KMA will produce a detailed, yet accessible report of the assessment. The report will provide a summary of your child’s abilities, how their disability is impacting on their function, and recommendations that may help with the challenges faced. We aim to get the report back to you within 10 working days of the assessment.
Our Occupational Therapists are highly trained and experienced in providing occupational therapy for children. We’re also passionate about providing evidence-based interventions to improve functional performance. Each treatment plan will be individual, underpinned by occupational therapy philosophy, taking a person-centred and strengths-based approach. Our ultimate aim is to help each person to achieve their goals and improve their functional performance.
Working with parents and / or teachers, goals may include:
- Improved gross motor skills and postural stability to engage in learning activities
- Work on fine motor skills as to grasp and release toys and develop hand-writing skills
- Address hand-eye co-ordination to improve play and school skills, such as hitting a ball, copying from the whiteboard etc
- Teach the child basic self-care tasks (such as getting dressed and feeding yourself)
- Recommend specialised equipment such as wheelchairs, splints, bathing equipment, dressing devices or communication aids
- Activity Pacing and Fatigue Management
- Overcoming constraints to Play and Social Interaction
- Addressing associated Sensory, Attentional or Behavioural challenges.
Our therapist will work with you and your child to understand their condition and establish strategies that develop their abilities and function. They will also help you both learn and put into practice techniques that will help overcome some of the barriers as well as enabling your child to focus on their roles and routines. These may include:-
- Development of fine motor skills – using hands and fingers to complete tasks such as handwriting, doing up buttons and shoe laces etc
- Development of gross motor skills such as walking, standing and getting up from the chair or a toilet
- Development of independence in daily tasks such as washing, dressing and cooking etc
- Support to take part in play, leisure activities and hobbies
- Wheelchair and seating assessment and support
- Implementing strategies in school / employment to help access education such as computer systems to record work e.g specialist key boards, adapted computer mouse etc
- Providing recommendations on housing adaptations such as ramps etc
Our occupational therapy services will help you to work towards achieving your child’s maximum potential. Adaptation of the task and the environment, using equipment where necessary, will also be supported.
Do you or someone you know have difficulty…
- Taking part in daily activities because of a physical disability
- Sitting comfortably in a chair or wheelchair
- Accessing work or school because of a physical disability