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Occupational therapy is about giving you support with particular activities to help with any physical or mental challenges that you may have.
A member of the occupational therapy team will visit you at home and assess your ability to carry out everyday tasks. They will then discuss with you how to maintain and increase your independence and ensure your safety at home.
The occupational therapist may assess your abilities in the following areas:
A member of the occupational therapy team will:
Occupational therapy assessments are offered to people of all ages who fulfil the following three requirements:
People aged over 18 can self-refer to the occupational therapy service by calling Waltham Forest Direct on 020 8496 3000.
A person's GP, family member or other professional can also make a referral on behalf of someone else.
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We work with people in their homes or day centres to help you gain or develop skills. We assess your difficulties, needs and concerns around:
We then discuss and plan ways of working towards possible solutions and of overcoming any effects of your disability.
Adults with a learning disability living in Waltham Forest who are assessed as needing the service.
The service is provided free, according to your health needs.
In the first instance, contact your social worker or the Community Learning Disabilities Team.
London E17 6QU
An occupational therapist is trained to help a child or young person develop and maintain their independence skills. They work with children at home, in their school or in the wider community.
Sometimes a child will need occupational therapy to help them change the way they complete an activity, for example, by working on their ability to coordinate themselves, use their hands or improve their planning skills. This treatment is usually activity based where play, group or craft activities are carefully used in the child’s programme.
Other children will need the loan of specialised equipment or adaptations to their homes, e.g. grab rails beside the toilet to help with their independence. Often carers may need to be loaned specialised equipment to move their children safely, or to help them bath or sit comfortably.
Occupational therapists assess the needs of the child, their carers and the home so they can advise on the most appropriate way of helping each individual. An occupational therapist will also advise schools on the most appropriate equipment and adaptations needed for a child.
Available for children under 18. Contact us at:
PO Box 856
Walthamstow E17 9PN