Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy, often referred to as OT, provide therapy that focuses on developing, recovering, or maintaining the daily living and learning skills of pupils with physical, mental, or cognitive impairments. They support pupils to engage in all aspects of their life including play, study and work.

Download a Daily Planner

Use one of these daily planners each morning to help plan your day. Click to download.

     

Creating Routines

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While school provides a form of routine, each day is also filled with uncertainties. A consistent routine in the home will have far fewer variables, so you can relax in knowing what to expect. That’s why it is so important to develop and stick with a routine in challenging times. Not only is routine hugely helpful in making you feel safe, it’s also fundamental in the development of good habits. Some parts of your family routine will already be there – such as meal times and sleep times. 

Organising Your Environment

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Organizing your environment is important especially when studying or engaging in activities at home. There are a few things to consider, which you’ll find in this useful document.

Self-care

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Self-care is the mind-set, activities, practices and habits we bring to bear against stress, unhappiness, illness, depression and many more negative emotions. Self-care is about giving ourselves relief when we feel overwhelmed. It is about addressing our problems holistically. Self-care activities are usually carried out, or at least initiated by, the person themselves. To care for yourself, you need
to know your needs and seek them out.

Download this handout for further self-care tips!

Activities

Sensory Activities
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Sensory breaks are a great way for you to reset, decompress and get the blood flowing back into your brain. Having breaks throughout your day lets your brain take a rest and reset! 

Why not try one of these Sensory Break Ideas?

Fine Motor Skills Home Based Activities
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Fine motor skills are involved in smaller movements that occur in the wrists, hands, fingers, feet and toes. They involve smaller actions such as picking up objects between the thumb and finger, writing carefully, and even blinking.

Meaningful Activities
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Meaningful activities are important for your health and wellbeing. They can improve your physical fitness and also your mental health. 

Cooking Guidance and activities that can be done at home

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Cooking is important because it allows you to meet your basic self – care need which is to eat and take in nutrition into your body. This allows you to grow healthy and have the mental and physical stamina required to engage in your daily activities of living. Cooking also allows you to develop your independent skills and express your creativity.

So when at home, cooking should be an activity you engage in. If you are not confident in the kitchen on your own yet, that’s perfectly fine as you can cook with your parents, carers, siblings or family members and learn from each other as well as share cooking ideas.

More recipes are available in our Wellbeing section!