Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy helps people take part in everyday life to improve their health and wellbeing. They can help with activities, or occupations we would normally perform every day.

These are examples of occupations that young people need to perform.

Self-care occupations, for example:

  • getting ready to go out
  • eating a meal
  • using the toilet

Being productive occupations, for example:

  • going to nursery or school
  • volunteering

Leisure occupations, for example:

  • playing with friends
  • doing hobbies

Find out more about occupational therapy from the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) website.

Sensory Integration Occupational Therapists/ID CAMHS

Sensory integration means how we experience, interpret and react to (or ignore) information from our senses. 

Find out more on the Sensory Integration Education website.

The occupational therapist explores how the sensory integration difficulties impact how the child participates in their daily activities. This means what they want to do, what they need to do and what you expect them to do).

At ID CAMHS we look into sensory integration challenges as part of our multidisciplinary team approach. We explore whether the child’s mental health difficulties and/or behaviours that challenge are rooted in sensory integration difficulties.

We offer:

  • training for parents
  • complete individual assessments
  • recommendations for helpful activities for home and school to support the child’s sensory needs
  • individual Ayres Sensory Integration (ASI) therapy to those who need it at their therapy space

Dorset Council's Children's Occupational Therapy service

Find out more about Dorset Council's Children's Occupational Therapy service.


Physiotherapy can help restore movement and function as a result of an injury, illness or disability.

Find out more about physiotherapy on the NHS website.

Therapy services in Dorset

There are Children's Therapy Services in Dorset County Hospital and Poole Hospital.

Children's Therapy Service sees children and young people in Dorset.

See our Family Information Directory to find out more about:

Find occupational therapy support on our Family Information Directory.

Find physiotherapy support on our Family Information Directory.

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