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Children with complex needs

Occupational therapy for children with complex or multiple needs can lead to improvements in independence, communication, quality of life and safety.

Our OTs ensure that the recommendations we make are practical and achievable for each family. Whether we are looking at splinting, environmental controls, comfy seating, adapted vehicles, housing or moving & handling, our team aim to promote independence in all areas of daily life.

How OT's help

Children and families with complex needs are rarely strangers to the world of assessments and advice. We aim to work alongside existing support services to ensure a holistic and rounded approach for the family. Whether a child is refered to us through a case manager, LEA, school, or a parent directly, our service is uniquely tailored to the needs of each family.

Some of the most common areas in which we assist children with complex needs include:

  • Night-time positioning, comfy chairs and wheelchairs
  • Splinting
  • Sensory programmes
  • Moving & handling
  • Bathing equipment
  • Adapted vehicles
  • Housing adaptations and reviews

Our assessment process allows for a specialist occupational therapist to identify where a child's difficulties lie as well as the reasons for them. Once identified, we can work with you to put in place a plan to address them.

Our packages of care

We are flexible around the needs of each child and family, and have a variety of treatment packages to ensure we provide the right solution for you. All of our interventions are oriented towards ensuring that the child experiences measurable improvements.

  • Our assessment package is a stand-alone service that allows us to identify all the areas we can assist with
  • Our subsequent report will explain these in detail and provide a clear costing for each recommendation
  • At this stage, some case managers or families will already be able to move forward independently
  • Where a child is moving from another practice and their last OT report was completed within the previous 6 months, a shorter review normally allows us to build on previous interventions
  • We also arrange quotations for home adaptations such as bathroom, sensory room or access adjustments
  • Recommended equipment such as chairs, environmental controls or hoists can be given the necessary trials, as well as quotations for your approval
  • We normally provide treatment in blocks of eight sessions to deliver sensory programmes or to work on other identified areas

How we help

Our assessments can examine all areas of a child's daily life, or focus on a specific area of concern.

Some of the most common areas we would expect to address include:

  • The current home environment and its suitability for their current and future needs
  • Moving & handling concerns of carers and family, such as how the child can best be helped to move between their bed, shower or wheelchair
  • Postural positioning during the day and at night
  • Access to hobbies and social activities
  • Sensory needs and communication
  • The needs and goals of the child, their family and carers

Case managers, LEA's or Solicitors

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Why The OT Practice

We recognise the importance for parents and professionals of knowing that their child or client are in safe hands. That is why, when you first make contact with us, you will straightaway be able to explain your concerns to a member of our client management team who will be able to provide relevant information about our services, answer any questions you may have and provide guidance on next steps. This dedicated paediatric team will then remain in charge of your case through any subsequent assessment and treatment we provide.

Other reasons to rely on The OT Practice include:

  • We visit at a time convenient for you, with no clinics or waiting lists, offering after-school and weekend appointments where necessary
  • We devise home and school-based treatment plans to ensure that our assessment and advice is relevant to each child’s unique environment
  • Our nationwide network of registered children’s occupational therapists allows us to find a therapist local to you that best suits the needs of the child
  • Intensive treatment available in the school holidays
  • We believe our role is to equip you and your child to become as autonomous as possible – ultimately independent of, and not dependent upon, the help we provide

Services for businesses, organisations and the public sector

Case managers

Providing OT to families & children with complex or multiple needs to achieve optimum independence.

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Local education authorities

Occupational therapy provision at home or school as recommended in an EHCP or Statement on behalf of LEA's.

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Schools

Delivering individual or group therapy for children, or advice and training to up-skill members of staff.

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Charities

Working with charities to provide reports and recommendations for grant funding applications.

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Solicitors

We provide solicitors with professional reports for educational tribunals or rehabilitation needs.

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Healthcare concierge

Assessment and treatment services for clients in their own homes both in the UK and internationally.

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Next steps

Initial enquiry

During your initial call to us you can discuss your concerns with a member of our paediatric client management team, who will be able to understand what your child's difficulties are, provide information and advice on our services and identify the right OT from our team.

Quote

If therapist input is recommended, we will send you a detailed quote via email or in writing explaining what, after a full assessment, we propose and how much it would cost, as well as rates for further work that might be recommended in the future.

Referral

Once you have had time to consider the options and costs, and if you would like to go ahead, the next step would be to fill in our online referral form. In the meantime, if you have further concerns or questions then our client manager will be happy to discuss them with you.

Assessment

Our therapist will then contact you within 24 hours to arrange an assessment visit at home or school, a mixture of formal and observational methods - as well as conversation with yourself, your child and their school - after which you will receive a comprehensive written report.

Advice

The report will include a clear record of our findings and recommendations, together with practical advice on how to help your child. Where additional involvement is required, we will follow up the report with a detailed quotation so that you have all the information needed to make an informed decision.

As Private Occupational Therapists our aim is to provide choices and guidance to help you decide what the best options are for you

Alison

Norfolk, East Anglia

Alison is a highly experienced OT located in Norwich, Norfolk. She specialises in fatigue management, offering holistic assessments and treatment.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

East Anglia, Norfolk, Suffolk

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Pain management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Self care, Anxiety management & relaxation

Helen

Hertfordshire, East Anglia

Based in St Albans, Helen is a Paediatric OT working with children across North London, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Essex.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, South of England, Hertfordshire, London - North

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Seating and Postural management

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration

Specialist skills

Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Balance, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care

Rachelle

The Vale of Glamorgan, Wales

Based in Glamorgan, Rachelle is an OT with over 20 years’ experience. She specialises in Housing & Equipment and Paediatrics.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, Wales, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Swansea, Torfaen, Bristol, Cardiff, Swansea

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Daily living skills, Postural management, Wheelchair accreditation, Learning disability

Susan

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Based in Nottingham, Susan is a Paediatric OT providing Housing & Equipment assessments and interventions for children and young adults.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West Midlands, East Midlands, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicester, Derby

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Balance, Co-ordination, Planning & execution

Martha

West Sussex, South East of England

Martha is a Paediatric OT covering a client base across the South-East. She specialises in multiple learning difficulties and autism.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South East of England, East Sussex, Oxfordshire, West Sussex, London - Central, London - South, Brighton

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Further qualifications

Chailey Postural Management

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Pain management, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Co-ordination, Self care, Postural management, DMO (Lycra) Splinting, School Based Therapy/Support, Makaton, Learning disability

Liz

Glasgow (City of), Scotland

Covering a large client base across Scotland, Liz is an OT delivering specialist Neurological Rehabilitation for adults and children.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, North East England, Scotland, Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Borders, Clackmannan, Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee (City of), East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh (City of), Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow (City of), Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Perthshire and Kinross, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Western Isles

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

AMPS

Specialist skills

PIPs, Fatigue management, Pain management, Motivational issues, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Planning & execution, Self care, Social integration, Postural management, Anxiety management & relaxation, Learning disability

Eve

Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Eve is a highly experienced Paediatric Occupational Therapist working with children across Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, and Derbyshire.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, South Yorkshire, Sheffield

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling

Shira

London - Central, Middlesex

Shira is a Paediatric Occupational Therapist specialising in Sensory Integration. She is based in London, visiting clients across the city.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, Middlesex, London - North, London - East, London - West

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Further qualifications

Therapeutic listening

Specialist skills

Sensory integration, Fine motor skills, Visual perception, School Based Therapy/Support

Rachel

Shropshire, West Midlands

Based in Shrewsbury, Rachel is an experienced Paediatric OT offering assessments and care to children at home and school.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, West Midlands, Wales, Cheshire, Shropshire, West Midlands, Powys, Wrexham, Birmingham, Liverpool, Wolverhampton

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Lucy

Hertfordshire, East Anglia

Lucy is a Paediatric Occupational Therapist offering expert advice and treatment. She visits clients across London, Hertfordshire, and Buckinghamshire.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Northamptonshire, Surrey, London - North

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration, Conductive education

Specialist skills

Counselling, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Sensory integration, Fine motor skills, Behaviour management, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Postural management, School Based Therapy/Support, Learning disability

Alison

Coventry, West Midlands

Based in Coventry, Alison has been a Paediatric OT for over 10 years, specialising in fine motor skills and handwriting.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West Midlands, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire, Coventry

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Co-ordination, Postural management, School Based Therapy/Support

Cait

North Yorkshire, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Cait is an experienced Paediatric OT based in North Yorkshire, specialising in helping children with complex needs.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, Lancashire, Leeds, Bradford

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration, Chailey Postural Management

Specialist skills

Routine planning, Daily living skills, Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Behaviour management, Visual perception, Balance, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Social integration, Postural management, School Based Therapy/Support, Learning disability

Lynn

Cambridgeshire, East Anglia

Lynn is an expert Paediatric Occupational Therapist, working with children in the East Midlands and Lincolnshire with Sensory Processing needs.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

East Midlands, East Anglia, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Rutland

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration, AMPS

Specialist skills

Motivational interviewing, Daily living skills, Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Balance, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Postural management, School Based Therapy/Support

Samantha

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Trained in advanced sensory integration and therapeutic listening techniques, Sam is an expert Paediatric OT, supporting children and their families.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North East England, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Humberside, Lancashire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford, Manchester, Wakefield, Salford

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration, Therapeutic listening

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Community access, Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Behaviour management, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Social integration

Gemma

Wiltshire, West and South West of England

Located in Chippenham, Wiltshire, Gemma is a Paediatric OT providing specialist Housing & Equipment advice to children and their families.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, Berkshire, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Bristol, Bath, Swindon

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Postural management

Catriona

London - South, London

Based in London, Catriona is an expert Paediatric OT, working with children with complex needs and conditions.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, South East of England , London - South

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Functional rehabilitation

Further qualifications

Chailey Postural Management

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Pain management, Daily living skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Co-ordination, Self care, Postural management, School Based Therapy/Support, Anxiety management & relaxation

Louise

Essex, East Anglia

Specialising in Advanced Sensory Integration, Louise is a specialist OT located in Essex, treating adults and children across East Anglia.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

East Anglia, South East of England, Essex, Suffolk

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Vocational Rehabilitation, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration

Specialist skills

Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Sensory integration, Behaviour management, Social integration, Anxiety management & relaxation

Joanne

Birmingham, Worcestershire

Located in Birmingham, Joanne is a Paediatric OT delivering expert assessments and treatments for children in the West Midlands.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West Midlands, Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Daily living skills, Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Behaviour management, Handwriting assessment & treatment, School Based Therapy/Support, Anxiety management & relaxation, Learning disability

Marie

Bedfordshire, East Anglia

Based in Bedford, East Anglia, Marie is a Paediatric OT who has been providing expert therapy for over 20 years.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

East Anglia, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration, CO-OP Practitioner

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Co-ordination, Self care, Postural management, School Based Therapy/Support

Natalie

Kent, South East of England

Natalie is a Paediatric OT working across Kent and the South East, providing support to children and their families.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South East of England, Kent

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

BOBATH

Specialist skills

Routine planning, Daily living skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Postural management, School Based Therapy/Support

Mamta

London - North, Middlesex

Mamta is an expert Paediatric Speech & Language Therapist, working with children and their families across London.

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Profession

Speech and Language Therapy

Regions covered

London, Middlesex, London - North

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Specialist skills

School Based Therapy/Support

Kirsty

Renfrewshire, Scotland

Kirsty is expert Paediatric OT who supports children with a range of conditions across West Scotland at home or school.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Scotland, Glasgow (City of), Glasgow

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Counselling

Lucy

Cambridgeshire, East Anglia

Lucy delivers expert Functional Rehabilitation and Housing & Equipment assessments for clients across East Anglia.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

East Midlands, East Anglia, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Suffolk

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Vocational Rehabilitation, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation

Further qualifications

AMPS, Train the trainer

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Pain management, Motivational issues, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Behaviour management, Co-ordination, Self care, Social integration

Zandri

London

Based in London, Zandri is a Paediatric OT specialising in Sensory Integration, providing support for children at home and school.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration, The Listening Programme

Specialist skills

Sensory integration, Fine motor skills, Visual perception, School Based Therapy/Support

Adam

Bristol, Somerset

Adam is our Neuro Team Lead specialising in stoke and brain injury, covering South West England and South East England

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, South of England, Wales, Avon, Bristol, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Monmouthshire, Newport, Torfaen, Bristol, Bath

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Vocational Rehabilitation, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Visual perception, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Postural management, Wheelchair accreditation

Sarah

Swindon, Wiltshire

Based in Swindon, Sarah is a Paediatric OT visiting children in a home or school setting across the South-West.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, Berkshire, Bristol, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Swindon

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Self care, Postural management, School Based Therapy/Support, Makaton, Learning disability

Lone

Hertfordshire, East Anglia

Specialising in Advanced Sensory Integration and both Bobath and Chailey approaches, Lone treats children at home, school, and nursery.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

East Anglia, London, South East of England, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, London - Central, London - North

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration, BOBATH, CO-OP Practitioner

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Sensory integration, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Co-ordination, Self care

Jo

London

Jo is a paediatric physiotherapist providing expert assessments and treatment for children across London and the home counties.

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Profession

Physiotherapy

Regions covered

London, South East of England, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, London - West

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Specialist skills

Gross motor skills, DMO (Lycra) Splinting, School Based Therapy/Support

Ganga

Kent, South East of England

Ganga is a highly experienced OT delivering specialist rehabilitation for adults and children across the South East of England.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South East of England, Kent, Surrey, West Sussex, London - South, London - East, Brighton

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Routine planning, Daily living skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Self care, Social integration

Lisa

Derbyshire, East Midlands

Based in Derbyshire, Lisa works across the North of England supporting adults and children with Housing & Equipment needs.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, North East England, East Midlands, East Anglia, London, Ireland, Derbyshire

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Moving and Handling

Client feedback

Further reading

Our Experts' Blog

Remote Services: Enabling responsiveness and the difference it makes to children and their families

Jane is an OT Practice Occupational Therapist working with children and adults, who has helped develop and refine our service for the remote delivery of therapy. Here Jane gives us some insights on how to achieve a successful outcome from remote intervention and in particular how it enables therapist to be more responsive.

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Our news & press

Presenting Paediatric Clinical Team Lead- Lynn

Lynn is our Paediatric Clinical Team Lead, she has been bought on board at The OT Practice to add leadership, specialist training and mentoring to our nationwide OT's. Read this interview to find our more about her and the vision she has for the role.

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