Paediatric OT and Sensory Integration


What is a Paediatric OT ?

A Paediatric or Children's Occupational Therapist assesses the child's motor, sensory, perceptual self-care and everyday living tasks. They provide fun, educational, and play based therapy to help the child reach their maximum potential. We see children aged 0-19 years and have recently  commenced support for young people aged 19-25.

You can refer directly to arrange an assessment or treatment for your child's needs. Generally, we are able to carry out an initial assessment within 2-4 weeks of referral.

What is Sensory Integration ?

As part of the therapy a child may receive from an Occupational Therapist, Sensory Integration theory and practice supports children with disorders affecting their sensory and motor systems.  Sensory Integration is relating to the way a child is able to assimilate information from the world around them, organise it, and interpret it.  From this point the child can then use the information to:  

  • play,
  • communicate,
  • and learn. 

This can involve learning how to:  

  • use their body,
  • pay attention,
  • be successful within social situations. 

Using skills and knowledge also from neuro-developmental theories, the Occupational Therapist helps the child develop these skills and work towards achieving their full potential.