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Occupational Therapy

The Occupational Therapist works with nurses, case managers, physiotherapists and speech and language therapists within the learning disability team in your area.

We work to enable   you (and   those   who   care   for you)   to   overcome   or   adapt to   problems   that   affect   your daily   life.

This may include assessment of:

  • Personal care — tasks such as bathing or brushing your teeth.
  • Independent living skills– tasks such as preparing meals, going shopping, or doing housework.
  • Leisure skills– Joining local clubs/groups, or developing   hobbies.
  • Vocational Skills – We   can   help   prepare   you   for work   and   assess   the   type   of work   and   level   of   support you   may   need.

If you have, a learning disability along with a physical   impairment   occupational therapy assessment may include:

  • Specialised Seating
  • Wheelchairs
  • Feeding   equipment
  • Toilet and showering equipment.
  • Housing adaptations
  • Description of services/opportunities provided

    Adults with Learning Disability may not have the skills to perform activities of daily living due to physical, sensory or cognitive impairment. Additionally, they may not have had the opportunity to learn the requisite skills.  Occupational Therapists enable people to carry out everyday activities by teaching skills in a way that they can understand, by demonstrating a new way of doing things, by providing equipment and/or adapting environments.  Recommendations are made based on an assessment of need.  Occupational Therapy works collaboratively with other agencies, for example, NIHE, care providers etc.

  • Copies of leaflets/information sheets
  • Pictures/videos of premises
  • Routes to access the service

    Referral only

  • Referral criteria

    We work with   clients   aged   19+ who   have   a   learning   disability.

    Anyone can refer to Adult Learning Disability Occupational therapy service: GP, Case manager, Day Care Worker, Health Care Professional, Support worker, Family member or the Patient themselves. All referrals will be screened prior to  placement on to the waiting list.

    The patient needs to be known to the Learning Disability Team

  • Contact Details

    Community Adult Learning Disability Team N & M

    Drumcashel House, Rathfriland Road, Newry BT34 1PT

    (028) 30256780

    Contact:   9.00am – 5.00pm


    Community Adult Learning Disability Team C&B

    Eden Centre, 293 Bridge Street, Portadown, BT63 5AR

    (028)  375 64250

    Contact: 9.00am – 5.00pm


    Community Adult Learning Disability Team

    Ward 5, St Luke’s Hospital,Armagh,BT61 7NQ

    (028) 3741 2086

    Contact: 9.00am – 5.00pm

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