Sunfield has a team of expert occupational therapists who work with our students, to help them to improve their general well-being and fulfill their true potential, by overcoming any barriers to doing the things that are most important to them. In this sense, ‘occupation’ refers to the practical and purposeful activities that allow students to live independently and have a sense of identity, which may include essential day-to-day tasks such as self-care (washing, dressing, cooking), productive roles (including play and education), or leisure activities.
Sunfield’s occupational therapists work with students in a variety of settings, taking a whole person approach, considering their physical, psychological, spiritual, environmental and social needs. Alongside their work with our students, they also offer education and training to staff and families, in supporting young people’s occupational and sensory needs.
Your child will undergo an initial assessment by the OT team when they join Sunfield, to establish their strengths, difficulties and opportunities for development. The OT team may then identify a series of steps your child could take towards identified and mutually agreed goals, and will offer practical solutions, advice and support where appropriate. They will also assess your child’s immediate environment, to establish whether any adjustments could be made to better support them in achieving their individual goals.
At Sunfield we specialise in the ‘Sensory Integration’ approach, which will involve assessing how sensory information from the environment is processed by your child. Specialist activity programmes are then designed to provide enhanced sensory input and help to integrate the senses more efficiently. This input helps to develop the skills that underpin your child’s daily occupations. You can find out more about sensory integration by reading our fact sheet here.
As you’d expect from Sunfield, the OT team focuses on goals which are meaningful to your child, your family and the team around your child. This may include supporting their increased independence in toileting, feeding, or dressing for example; or developing school-based skills such as handwriting; or accessing a variety of leisure and social activities. Whatever their individual goals, we will work together, with them, to help them achieve them – with confidence and enjoyment.