Our expert says:
Occupational Therapy is an extremely minor form of health-care, and I am very suspicious of why some teachers try to promote it so hectically ( as teachers have no expertise at all in assessing the health needs of students ).
Schools should never be in the business of sendings kids for therapy, especially one of highly dubious value ( but high profitability ) in such situations. I hope there is no issue or kickbacks or other inducements for such referrals, which the Health professions Council would be interested in.
NEVER EVER EVER send a child to see an OT simply because the school or a taher recommends it - if the child has possible physical or neurological problems they should be assessed by a paediatrician, and if the paediatrician recommends it, a neurologist. If there are possible psych problems, they cshould be seen and assessed by a child psychiatrist or child pryshologist. They should see an OT ONLY if one of the medical or psych specialists specifically recommends it. And they should be referred only with really good reasons, not the sort of nonsense you quote from these odd teachers.
A child should NEVER EVER be referred for such a stupid reason as that they don't sit still during a story session - some teachers are awfully boring story tellers, and intelligent kids might not sit still while being bored.
Similary the reasons given for referring the older child are also ridiculous.
Delaying such referrals ( and delaying referral to an OT forever ) will not only do them no harm but will probably benefit their health.
Someone should formally ask the Health Professions COuncil and Carte Blanche to investigate these schools that are far too busy referring kids to OTs for daft reasons.
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