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Occupational Therapy

The Deaf Academy employs a part-time Occupational Therapist, Sarah Ankers.

Sarah graduated from St. Loyes School of Health Studies, Exeter, in 2003 and has been working as a paediatric Occupational Therapist ever since. She is also a Registered Sign Language Interpreter, so can combine both skills to support the learners at the Deaf Academy successfully.

Occupational Therapist Support

The overarching role of an Occupational Therapist is to support individuals to carry out everyday activities which are essential for their health and wellbeing. This means Sarah works with our young people on the following areas:

  • Personal and Domestic Activities of Daily Living (PADL/DADL)
  • Careers
  • Transition/future aspirations
  • Seating
  • Equipment
  • Ergonomics
  • Supported Internships
  • Independent travel
  • Work experience
  • PSHE
  • Training
  • Assessments
  • Joint work with all departments in the Academy
  • Sensory profiles

Sarah works with students across the Academy in School, College and Care. Promoting their independence, Occupational Therapists implement a wide range of functional activities and experiences to support development and progression to achieve future goals and aspirations.  

Working with families is essential for any young person’s smooth progression through education and beyond. Sarah is happy to complete home visits to maintain continuity of care and support the families of a child with additional support needs.