Occupational therapists often work with children and adolescents to help them achieve their daily occupations that may include self-care, school and play. By focussing on these key areas, OTs help children in developing confidence, self-esteem, social skills and general wellbeing.
Clinical Practice Guidelines to improve function in Cerebal Palsy
New International Clinical Practice Guidelines to improve physical function in children and young people with cerebral palsy have recently been published. These guidelines provide practical strategies for therapists working in the field of cerebral palsy.
The guidelines include best practice principles focussed on meaningful client-centred goals, the importance of whole task practice and engaging and empowering families. Specific evidence-based recommendations are made for interventions when a child has a goal related to hand use, self-care, leisure or mobility.
You can access the full guideline and all supporting documentation here
Information sheets for clinicians and families have also been developed, and are available in a number of languages. These can be freely accessed here
Guide to Good Practice for Working with Children
Developed by OTA, the Guide to Good Practice for Working with Children is a reference for occupational therapists, consumers, and organisations working with children and their families and carers regarding the expectations for good practice
Mobility and Accessibility for Children in Australia Ltd (MACA)
MACA provides information, resources and training to help health professionals in their important role supporting families with their children's vehicle transport needs.