Occupational therapy: working with adults with learning disabilities and autism

10/12/2022 12:45 - 13:45

The traditional remit of adult social care (ASC) occupational therapy (OTs) to enable access and independence via equipment and adaptations remains a crucial part of meeting adults’ needs. But achieving aspirations and potential requires a more diverse range of support and intervention.

Essex County Council adult social care OTs are encouraged to use their professional skills to place greater focus on sensory integration, independent living plans, and building the confidence and capabilities of carers. These skills complement the systemic practice and strengths-based approach across ASC and enhance the ability of the multidisciplinary teams.

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn how sensory integration is used to help adults function more effectively and prevents the need for additional support.
  • Understand how OTs can support work to move adults out of hospital placements and at the other end of the spectrum, offer early help and support in local communities to prevent the need for ASC interventions.
  • Hear how social work team managers are learning to get the best out of their OTs, to enhance the overall culture and practice of their teams and ensure everyone is working together in a positive and enabling way.
  • OTs will describe their various roles and give an account of the difference this approach is making to the lives of adults.

This workshop is hosted by Essex County Council

Alex Laidler, principal occupational therapist, Essex County Council

Guy Montague-Smith, occupational therapist practice lead, Essex County Council

Vicki Warner, occupational therapist, Essex County Council

Alice Ward, occupational therapist, Essex County Council

Gracie Moore, senior occupational therapist, Essex County Council