Mainstream school services

Child and occupational therapist working at a computerEnabling participation

The occupational therapy service for children and young people provides assessment, direct therapy and an advisory service (where needed) to children from birth until they leave school or college.

We work in partnership with the child or young person’s family, their teachers and other relevant school professionals, providing assessments and interventions in the following areas:

  • Participation in productive school activities in relation to functional tasks such as handwriting, using tools and materials in the classroom for different lessons, using scissors, access to a computer and other technology equipment. 
  • Self-care and functional skills ie feeding, dressing, toileting, general hygiene tasks, participation in other school routines, etc.
  • Participation in leisure and play activities ie taking part in sports and games, using playground equipment, developing a range play skills and riding a bike.

Additionally we can assess and arrange for the provision of specialist equipment for school and home, such as special seating for those with postural needs and equipment needed for daily activities. This could include adapted cutlery, scissors or pens, digital technology to compensate for handwriting difficulties and equipment to assist with mobility and transfers (ie hoists).

Enhancing ability

As occupational therapy focuses on enhancing a child’s ability to perform everyday activities and to participate in different environments, occupational therapy should result in increased functional skills which will improve quality of life, independence, self-esteem, learning and achievement for the child/young person and their family.

Camden primary schools have a named occupational therapist (OT) who provides ongoing support to the school through education and training programmes, implementing whole school working, together with advice and consultation, as well as individual therapy when needed.

Contact us

The contact details for the lead OT for mainstream schools at the Royal Free London can be found below:

Kentish Town Health Centre
2 Bartholomew Road,
London NW5 2BX
Tel. 020 3317 2200 or 020 3317 2274


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