Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists are knowledgeable about sensory, motor, cognitive and emotional development and about how to promote the students engagement, exploration and skill acquisition. At The Walnuts School the occupational therapy team provides support at Universal, Targeted and Specialist levels:-

Universal Level

  • Staff and parents are offered regular bespoke training from the occupational therapists on a range of topics including emotional regulation, sensory needs and motor skills.
  • Students have access to a range of specialist resources including soft play and sensory rooms.
  • All students receive emotional regulation approaches targeted at SCERTS communication stage e.g. offering regulating objects, feelings and strategy cards, Zones of regulation


Targeted Level

  • Access to sensory programmes designed by OT and implemented by support staff
  • Sensory circuits
  • Structured walks
  • Weighted equipment
  • Access to calming and alerting activity packs


Specialist Level

We provide occupational therapy sessions for children and young people with sensory motor challenges. Therapy sessions can be provided to help manage sensory needs, promote motor skill development, perceptual development, independence, self-confidence and self-esteem.  Goals are set at the beginning of therapy, sometimes we will recommend a block of individual or small group sessions.


How can you contact the team?

The occupational therapy team can be contacted via the following methods:

  1. Direct line to the therapy office on 01908 563885 extension 134
  2. Via a message to the school reception on 01908 563885 (main site) 01908 646119
  3. Through the use of the student’s home/school book

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