Are you looking for practical advice on how to enable independence and learning? Do you struggle with everyday activities such as handwriting, getting dressed, remembering things, getting organised?
Some of you may have a condition which impacts on your daily life such as dyspraxia, autism, learning difficulty, cerebral palsy, or a stroke ......... or you may not understand why things are difficult for you.
Whatever your situation, as you progress through secondary school you grow and change from being a child who is dependent on parents, to being more independent. This transition from child to young adult can be fun and exciting. A time to learn new things, develop new skills, make decisions about what you want. It can also be daunting, especially if you struggle with some of the everyday activities other people your age don’t usually need to think about.
It is good to have help from family and friends. An occupational therapist, or OT for short, can also help you. OTs are trained in 'enabling' people. An OT will not do the things for you but you can ask an OT for help in working out how to do the things you want to do.
You can ask your GP to refer you to an OT who works with children. If you are too old for those services your parent may find an OT who works privately like Elizabeth from OT Scotland. If you don’t live close enough to Elizabeth, you can find a private OT close to you by clicking on this link to a list of private OTs in the UK.
Elizabeth is the OT in OT Scotland who will help you to work out how to do the things you want to do. She will help you identify what is most important to you and where to start, so it doesn’t all become overwhelming.
If you choose to ask Elizabeth to help you she will sit down and talk to you to help find out what things you are good at and make you happy and what you find difficult or upsetting. You might talk about what you would like to do more easily, or better, or without so much help. You might want help with preparing for future things like going to College or getting a job that worry you.
If you are not sure if Elizabeth can help you please just e-mail or phone her to have a chat.
It will help to talk to her and even if you don't end up seeing her she may be able to point you in the direction of someone else who can help you.
Whatever the outcome, she won't charge you for the phonecall.