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Gross motor skills

Gross motor skills are a prerequisite for children's progress at school, as well for their play and independence. Difficulty with these skills is often the cause of clumsy or uncoordinated movement, leading to problems with everyday tasks such as dressing, running or riding a bike.

We regularly assist parents and schools concerned about a child struggling with classroom or playground activities because of problems with gross motor skills, and our practical advice and treatment programmes enable them to grow in ability and confidence in all areas of daily life.

How OT's help

Whether your child's school has identified problems with their gross motor skills or you have noticed such difficulties yourself, we can help.

Childhood development is complex and not all children will move at the same pace, but some of the most common reasons that a parent will contact us with concerns about their child's gross motor skills include:

  • Lateness in reaching developmental milestones such as sitting up, walking or running
  • Awkward or clumsy movements, possibly associated with a higher risk of accident
  • Dislike or avoidance of physical activity and games
  • Rapid tiredness after participating in physical activities for only a short period
  • Slumped, head-in-hands posture when sitting doing table-top activities
  • Difficulty in completing activities involving sequences of physical movements, such as an obstacle course or hop-scotch

Our assessment process allows a specialist occupational therapist to identify the nature of your child's difficulties with gross motor skills, and the reasons for them. Once identified, we can work with you and your child to put in place a plan to address them.

Packages of care

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

This might include one or more of the following:

  • An eight-week block of one-to-one bespoke treatment sessions, delivered to your child at home or school, after which we will review and plan the next steps with you
  • An intensive block of treatment delivered over the holidays - this is popular with overseas families, or those with limited weekend or after-school capacity in term time
  • A home and school programme providing practical, everyday techniques, with advice and support to ensure that the approach is consistent throughout your child's day
  • Attendance at a gross motor skills group at weekends or over the holidays

Common areas we work on

Through our assessment we will identify the specific gross motor skills that your child is struggling with, and the source of these difficulties, allowing us to plan a targeted treatment programme.

Some of the most common areas that we would expect to be working on are:

  • Balance and coordination
  • Strength and endurance
  • Attention and alertness
  • Body awareness
  • Movement planning.
  • Sensory processing
  • Working with parents and schools to ensure that the right approaches to developing gross motor skills continue even when the OT is not present

Schools, LEAs and businesses

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Why The OT Practice

We recognise the importance of knowing that you and your child 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 you and your child at home or school 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 you the right local therapist
  • Intensive treatment available during 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

Schools

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

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LEA's

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

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Case managers

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

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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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Solicitors

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

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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

Gomathi

Hampshire, South East of England

Gomathi is a physiotherapist based in Basingstoke, offering specialist therapy for clients with neurological and musculoskeletal conditions.

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Profession

Physiotherapy

Regions covered

South of England, South East of England, Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Southampton

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Further qualifications

Chailey Postural Management

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Gross motor skills, Balance, Co-ordination, Postural management, DMO (Lycra) Splinting, School Based Therapy/Support, Makaton, Wheelchair accreditation

Sandra

Tyne and Wear, North East England

Sandra is a highly experienced Paediatric OT based in Tyne and Wear, visiting children in home and school settings.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North East England, Tyne and Wear

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Co-ordination, Self care, DMO (Lycra) Splinting, 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

Jane

Wiltshire, South East of England

Jane is a Paediatric OT with over 20 years’ experience, specialising in Housing & Equipment and Rehabilitation.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, South of England, South East of England, Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Southampton

Specialisms

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

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

Janet

Kent, South East of England

Janet is an expert Occupational Therapist specialising in paediatrics and neurological rehabilitation, she works with children at home and school.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, South East of England, Kent, London - Central, London - South, London - East

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

Therapeutic listening

Specialist skills

Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Co-ordination, Self care, Social integration, School Based Therapy/Support, Learning disability

Liz

Buckinghamshire, South East of England

Liz is a Paediatric Occupational Therapist providing expert care to children in Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, West Midlands and London.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West Midlands, East Midlands, London, South East of England, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Co-ordination, Postural management, School Based Therapy/Support, Learning disability

Tina

Glasgow, East Renfrewshire

Tina is a Paediatric OT specialising in Sensory Integration. She is based in Glasgow and visits children across Scotland.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Scotland, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow (City of), Inverclyde, North Ayrshire, Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire, Glasgow

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration, CO-OP Practitioner

Specialist skills

Routine planning, Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Self care, School Based Therapy/Support

Rebecca

Edinburgh, Edinburgh (City of)

Based in Edinburgh, Rebecca is a specialist Paediatric OT providing expert care for children across Lothian and Fife.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Scotland, East Lothian, Edinburgh (City of), Fife, Midlothian, West Lothian, Edinburgh

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration

Specialist skills

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

Debbie

Middlesex, London

Debbie is an expert Speech and Language Therapist, delivering specialist assessments and treatment to children at home, school, and nursery.

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Profession

Speech and Language Therapy

Regions covered

East Anglia, London, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, London - Central, London - North

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Specialist skills

School Based Therapy/Support

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

Jenna

Liverpool, Merseyside

Located in Liverpool, Jenna is a highly skilled Neuro OT helping clients with brain and spinal cord injuries.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, Merseyside, Liverpool

Specialisms

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

Further qualifications

BOBATH

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Self care, Postural management, Splinting, Wheelchair accreditation

Elana

Plymouth, Devon

With expertise in Sensory Integration, Elana supports children and their families across the South West of England.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, Cornwall, Devon

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration

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

Joanne

Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Located in Mid-Ulster, Northern Ireland, Joanne is a Paediatric Occupational Therapist offering specialist assessments and treatment.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Northern Ireland, Antrim, Armagh, Down, Londonderry, Tyrone, Belfast

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Further qualifications

AMPS

Specialist skills

Motivational interviewing, Routine planning, Financial management, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Behaviour management, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Balance, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Social integration, School Based Therapy/Support, Anxiety management & relaxation

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

Annmarie

London

Annmarie is a Paediatric OT based in London, helping children with autistic spectrum disorders, neurological impairments, and developmental delay.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, Hertfordshire, London - Central

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Specialist skills

Routine planning, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Social integration, School Based Therapy/Support

Ann

Surrey, South East of England

Ann is an expert OT specialising in Neurological Rehabilitation, working with clients across London and the South of England.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, South of England, Surrey, London - South

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Visual perception, Self care, Postural management, Splinting

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

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

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

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

Naima

Bedfordshire, South East of England

Naima is a Speech and Language Therapist offering expert interventions for children of all ages, across London and the South-East.

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Profession

Speech and Language Therapy

Regions covered

London, South East of England, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Specialist skills

School Based Therapy/Support, Makaton

Lucy

Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham

With over 10 years’ experience, Lucy is an experienced Paediatric OT visiting children and their families across the North East.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North East England

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Further qualifications

Chailey Postural Management, The Listening Programme

Specialist skills

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

Claire

Hertfordshire, East Anglia

Trained in advanced handwriting and sensory integration techniques, Claire is an experienced Paediatric OT helping children across the South East.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

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

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Vocational Rehabilitation

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration

Specialist skills

Counselling, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Sensory integration, Fine motor skills, Behaviour management, Handwriting assessment & treatment

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

Catherine

London

Specialising in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Catherine is an expert Paediatric OT based in London.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Further qualifications

CO-OP Practitioner

Specialist skills

Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Self care, School Based Therapy/Support

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

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

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

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