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Paediatrics

OT Practice Kids brings together a team of world-class expert paediatric occupational therapists who cover all areas from helping with handwriting to children with highly complex needs. Our nationwide network of paediatric OT's visit children in their own environment whether that be at home or school.

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What is paediatric occupational therapy?

Paediatric occupational therapy applies specialist approaches and techniques to maximise a child’s engagement, achievement and independence in all activities, including those at school, play, leisure and self care skills such as dressing and feeding.

Our paediatric occupational therapists work with babies, children and teenagers up to the age of 18. With an expert understanding of child development and paediatric conditions, they analyse why a child may be struggling to carry out specific tasks to then devise a bespoke treatment plan to address the specific issues.

Children with complex health needs

We appreciate that some children will come to us with complex physical needs. Among the services offered by our experienced paediatric occupational therapists are splinting, home adaptations, property advice, professional guidance regarding equipment & environmental control systems, seating & postural management, and moving & handling.

Our approach

We aim to provide timely and practical advice to parents, guardians and schools for the treatment and management of any difficulties that a child is experiencing. Helping a child overcome challenges needs to be a 24 hour approach and not solely focused on the time each week that they are with their occupational therapist. Our collaborative approach aims to ‘up skill’ the people that surround and support a child in their daily life to ensure that they have the knowledge and skills to maximise a child’s independence. Our role is to help children and their families become as independent as possible, as soon as possible, through result driven occupational therapy delivered by expert therapists.

Why use The OT Practice for paediatric occupational therapy

  • 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 your child or school.
  • You have rapid access to the right paediatric occupational therapist avoiding long NHS or social service waiting lists.
  • We give you expert advice the moment you pick up the phone - paediatric enquiries are answered by our office based paediatric OT who provides a free consultation to ensure we are the right service for you.
  • We believe that our role is to equip you and your child with the skills needed to become as autonomous as possible – ultimately independent of, and not dependent upon, the help we provide.
  • We see a wide range of children from complex physical and learning difficulties needs to others with challenges with handwriting or sensory needs. Regardless of the reason for paediatric occupational therapy we will have the right children's therapist for you.
  • We provide an all inclusive cost to ensure that our services are fully transparent from the start.

OT Practice Kids logoWithin The OT Practice we have developed a dedicated specialist team who respond to our paediatric enquiries and manage our cases here in the UK and overseas. To find out more about OT Practice Kids, meet the team and watch our videos please visit our page dedicated to OT Practice Kids.

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Packages of care

Assessment & advice

We offer a variety of assessment packages individualised to your needs. With our knowledge of the component skills needed to complete activities, we are able to identify the causes of a child’s difficulties and establish where your child needs support. Once we have the ‘what’ and ‘why,’ we can then plan the next steps with you.

Contact our office-based paediatric occupational therapists to discuss your needs so they can advise on the most suitable assessment package.

Treatment options

Following an initial functional assessment and consultation with you, we will devise a treatment plan orientated toward the goals you and your child want to achieve.

  1. One-to-one treatment sessions

    These intensive therapy sessions focus on specific skill development at home and / or school. They are generally delivered in blocks of eight sessions where our aim is to address a child’s difficulties, help boost their confidence and self-esteem, review progress, and ultimately equip them to be as independent as possible.

  2. Home and / or school-based program, designed by us and delivered by you

    Not all children need one-to-one treatment sessions. This bespoke program is designed around using a child’s strengths to build on their areas of weakness. The programme incorporates activities throughout your child’s day, giving them increased opportunity to practice and develop their target skills. Individual OT treatment sessions can be provided to support the implementation of the programme, if needed.

  3. Techniques and strategies

    These are provided as part of your OT report and provide practical advice to improve your child’s skills. In addressing the school setting, the report may include strategies for the teacher to improve your child’s classroom participation and learning. For the home environment, OTs may offer strategies to maximize a child’s independence and management of daily challenges.

All parents will receive options two and three as part of their assessment package, and some will also require the one-to-one sessions for additional support.

Handwriting assessment & programmes

The OT Practice has developed a handwriting programe that will be individually tailored to meet the specific needs of your child. There are many component core skills that need to be inline to have successful writer, it only takes one to need developing and the effect can be significant. By learning what the difficulties are you can be proactive in helping a child address them. We work with children of all ages to identify and target these core skills leading to an improvement in your child’s handwriting.

Some children benefit from one to one treatment sessions in a block of 8 to provide targeting and intensive support. Other children and families are more suited to a home and / or school based treatment programe specifically to address the issues we have identified; the program is carried out by parents or staff but designed by your handwriting expert occupational therapist. Our approach is flexible around the needs of your child and family.

Our programs are goal orientated with the aim of improving a child’s handwriting by developing:

  • A mature pencil grip
  • An effective sitting posture
  • Letter formation & spacing
  • Concentration strategies
  • Pre-writing & copying skills
  • Visual perception
  • Activities to increase core & shoulder stability
  • Fine motor, hand strength and dexterity
  • Organisation of work on the page
  • Confidence and self esteem around handwriting and school work.

Case transitions

We often look after children that are moving from another practice or occupational therapist for a variety of reasons. In these cases we recognise that it is likely a recent paediatric occupational therapy assessment may have been completed, in which case there is no need for us to repeat it.

At the time you contact us our office based paediatric OT will discuss the recent intervention with you. It is likely that the next steps would involve us reviewing the previous report and then coming to meet the child and family for us all to review and make a plan for the next steps.

Training

Training is offered to schools, parents or carers on a variety of topics. The aim of occupational therapy for children is to facilitate independence so the techniques and strategies needed to do this often need to be incorporated into classroom, play ground and home life.

Training allows us to 'up-skill' the people that support a child 24/7 to ensure consistency from all people in a caring role and alongside any other treatment happening. Training sessions can be generic i.e. covering diagnosis or difficulties such as handwriting or autism, or can be specific around the needs of a particular child.

Group treatment for schools

We regularly work with schools to maximise their budgets for therapy provision whilst still ensuring that children receive the highest levels of clinical support.

One way to do this is to offer groups for children identified as having the same or similar difficulties. Whether it be handwriting (the most common group we run), self care (for those struggling with dressing before and after PE for example), gross or fine motor skills, sensory or balance, we will structure the group length and content to the individual school.

Typical groups run for a half term (6 weeks) with progress reports and action plans for home and school provided at the end.

EHCP OT provision

Our team of paediatric occupational therapists have extensive experience in the assessment, writing and delivery of EHCPs.

We can provide therapy weekly, termly or reviews annually as the EHCP dictates and regularly work with LEA's, parents and schools to ensure occupational therapy provision is available to children who have it as part of their plans.

Complex needs

We appreciate that some children will come to us with complex physical needs. Among the services offered by our experienced paediatric occupational therapists are splinting, home adaptations, property advice, professional guidance regarding equipment & environmental control systems, seating & postural management, and moving & handling.

In-house therapy services

We work with many schools and nurseries throughout the UK to provide in-house occupational therapy services.

Sometime we provide just a day a week temporary cover and in other situation we provide full time OT support on a more permanent basis. We will work with you to establish the requirement and how best to deliver services in a practical and economical way.

We often cover for maternity, sick leave, holidays or while permanent staff are recruited, but also provide permanent support for an academic year. What ever the reason we can help schools ensure they have the necessary paediatric occupational therapy support.

Therapeutic listening

We have a team of paediatric occupational therapists who have the skills and experience to provide bespoke therapeutic listing programmes to children.

In general children listen to a specific (therapist selected) CD for 2 weeks, twice per day for 30 minutes each. The programme is designed specifically for your child and the difficulties they are experiencing, no two programmes will be the same. Your occupational therapist will provide a programme of activities for your child to complete whilst they are listening to their selected programme, reviewing and adjusting the programme every 2 weeks.

Research suggests that progress can be made over 6 months but many children listen for much longer to maximise the benefits. Whilst some results can be seen quickly and dramatically others are more subtle and can be seen over time.

Often therapeutic listening is combined with other occupational therapy programmes to produce results faster than a listening programme would alone.

International services

A select team of our children's occupational therapists travel overseas to provide one-to-one specialist assessment, treatment and training where needed.

We often provide intensive blocks of treatment in the holidays, but also travel to the child’s home to train and support parents or an existing team of nannies. Our team are able to provide a responsive and flexible approach to providing treatment overseas.

Additionally we see children that travel to the UK for short periods of time such as expat families returning home or families that come to the UK specifically for an intense period of therapy. Whatever the reason, we can send an experienced paediatric occupational therapist to deliver high quality care at a location that is convenient for you.

Michaela

London - North, Suffolk

Based in Essex, Michaela is an expert paediatric Occupational Therapist working with children with sensory needs in their own environments.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

East Anglia, Essex, Suffolk, London - North

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration

Specialist skills

Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, 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

Ann-Marie

Wiltshire, West and South West of England

Based in Bristol, Ann-Marie provides expert therapy helping children with sensory processing, motor coordination and complex needs.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, Wales, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Bristol, Cardiff

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration

Specialist skills

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

Lana

London - North, Middlesex

Lana is an expert paediatric OT, specialising in Sensory Integration. She works with children and their families in London

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, South East of England, Middlesex, London - Central, London - North

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration

Specialist skills

Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, School Based Therapy/Support

Tracy

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Specialising in rehabilitation, Tracy is an expert Occupational Therapist working across Yorkshire with clients in their own homes and workplaces.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford, Wakefield, Hull

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

AMPS

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Motivational issues, Routine planning, Financial management, Daily living skills, Community access, Sensory integration, Behaviour management, Planning & execution, Self care, Social integration, Anxiety management & relaxation, Learning disability

Carly

Perthshire and Kinross, Scotland

Based in Scotland, Carly specialises in paediatric occupational therapy. She has completed further sensory integration qualifications.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, Scotland, Borders, Perthshire and Kinross, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire

Specialisms

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

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Co-ordination

Annabel

Rutland, East Midlands

Qualifying in 1998, Annabel specialises in housing & equipment and moving & handling for children and adults.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

East Midlands, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Coventry, Nottingham, Leicester

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Moving and Handling

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, PIPs, Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Co-ordination, Self care

Debbie

Hampshire, South East of England

Trained in advanced sensory integration techniques, Debbie helps families by assessing and treating children at home, nursery and school.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, South East of England, Berkshire, Hampshire, Middlesex, Surrey

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration, Therapeutic listening

Specialist skills

Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Co-ordination

Helen

London - North, Hertfordshire

Working with children at home and school, Helen provides expert occupational therapy in 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

Fiona

Derby, East Midlands

Based in Derby, Fiona provides expert paediatric therapy helping children with sensory, fine motor and handwriting needs.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West Midlands, East Midlands, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire, Nottingham, Stoke-on-Trent, Derby

Specialisms

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

Further qualifications

Train the trainer

Specialist skills

Fine motor skills

Sam

London

Based in London, Sam is an expert paediatric speech and language therapist who treats children at home and in school.

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Profession

Speech and Language Therapy

Regions covered

London , London - Central, London - North, London - West

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Specialist skills

Behaviour management, School Based Therapy/Support, Dysphagia management, Makaton

Natalie

Kent, South East of England

Natalie is an expert occupational therapist working in Kent & the South East, providing support to children and their families.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South East of England, Kent, London - South

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 managemen, 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

Bianca

Wiltshire, West and South West of England

Working in the South West with clients with a vast range of needs, Bianca is an expert in her field.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, Avon, Bristol, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Bristol

Specialisms

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

Further qualifications

Train the trainer

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments

Anita

Plymouth, Devon

Based in Plymouth, Anita is a highly skilled paediatric OT working with children and their families across the south west.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West Midlands, West and South West of England, South of England, Wales, Devon, Plymouth

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Functional rehabilitation

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration

Specialist skills

Counselling, Daily living skills, Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Behaviour management, Balance, Co-ordination, School Based Therapy/Support, Anxiety management & relaxation

Rachael

Southampton, Hampshire

Working with adults and children, Rachael is an expert occupational therapist based in Hampshire who supports clients in their homes.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South of England, Hampshire, Southampton

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Moving and Handling

Annmarie

Hertfordshire, London

Annmarie is part of our paediatric team, helping children and their families in London.

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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

Karin

Cambridgeshire, East Midlands

Working as a paediatric occupational therapist in the East Midlands, Karin assesses and treats children at home, school and nursery.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

East Midlands, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Rutland

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Fine motor skills, Visual perception, Postural managemen, DMO (Lycra) Splinting, School Based Therapy/Support

Samantha

Hertfordshire, East Anglia

Samantha is an expert occupational therapist, delivering specialist seating, hand therapy, neurological and functional rehabilitation assessments to clients at home.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

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

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills

Deanna

Birmingham, Derbyshire

Deanna is an expert paediatric OT working in Birmingham and the West Midlands, working with children at home and school.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West Midlands, Derbyshire, Birmingham

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration, BOBATH

Specialist skills

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

Sharon

London - South, Kent

Sharon covers South London, Kent, Croydon & Bromley and has a special interest in housing adaptions, seating & postural management.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

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

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Postural managemen

Morag

Edinburgh, Edinburgh (City of)

An expert occupational therapist based in Edinburgh, Morag specialises in rehabilitation, moving & handling and housing & equipment.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Scotland, Borders, Clackmannan, East Lothian, Edinburgh (City of), Falkirk, Fife, Midlothian, Perthshire and Kinross, West Lothian, Edinburgh

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Pain management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Visual perception, Balance, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Postural managemen, Anxiety management & relaxation

Celia

London

Celia is an expert paediatric occupational therapist, having gained postgraduate qualifications in sensory integration and therapeutic listening.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London , London - Central, London - South, London - East

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration, Therapeutic listening, Certificate in Education

Specialist skills

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

Clare

West Sussex, South East of England

Clare is an expert paediatric occupational therapist, delivering specialist assessments to children at home, school or nursery.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South East of England, Hampshire, Surrey, West Sussex, Brighton, Southampton

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Hand Therapy

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration, BOBATH

Specialist skills

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

Elizabeth

Cardiff, The Vale of Glamorgan

Liz is an expert neurological rehabilitation specialist working with clients in their own homes across Wales and the West Midlands.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West Midlands, Wales, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire, Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Swansea, Torfaen, The Vale of Glamorgan, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Swansea

Specialisms

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

Further qualifications

BOBATH

Specialist skills

PIPs, Fatigue management, Motivational issues, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Visual perception, Balance, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Postural managemen, Splinting, Wheelchair accreditation

Dimitra

London - North, Hertfordshire

Dimitra is an expert paediatric Occupational Therapist, working with children at home and school in London, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration

Specialist skills

Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, School Based Therapy/Support

Lynn

South Lanarkshire, Scotland

Lynn is an expert physiotherapist, delivering specialist assessments to adults and children in their home environment.

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Profession

Physiotherapy

Regions covered

Scotland, East Dunbartonshire, Edinburgh (City of), Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow (City of), Midlothian, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Perthshire and Kinross, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian

Specialisms

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

Further qualifications

Train the trainer

Specialist skills

Gross motor skills, Balance, Postural managemen, School Based Therapy/Support

Gaynor

Leicester, Warwickshire

A highly skilled occupational therapist, Gaynor provides expert neurological, vocational and functional rehabilitation to clients in the East Midlands.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West Midlands, East Midlands, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Warwickshire, London - North, Nottingham, Leicester

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Vocational Rehabilitation, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

BOBATH

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Motivational issues, Routine planning, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Behaviour management, Visual perception, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Wheelchair accreditation, Anxiety management & relaxation

Angela

Cleveland, North East England

Working in the north east, Angela is an expert paediatric OT, visiting children at home and school with various needs.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North East England, Cleveland

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, Postural managemen, School Based Therapy/Support

Su

Kent, South East of England

Su is a highly skilled occupational therapist working with children with a wide range of special needs and disabilities.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South East of England, Kent

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Daily living skills, Community access, Self care, Postural managemen, Learning disability

Becky

London - South, Berkshire

Becky is an expert paediatric Occupational Therapist working with children and their families in their owns homes and schools.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South of England, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Southampton

Specialisms

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

Further qualifications

Train the trainer, Chailey Postural Management

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Postural managemen, Makaton

Liz

West Sussex, South of England

Liz is a highly skilled paediatric OT working with children and their families across Kent, London, Surrey and Sussex.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South East of England, Kent, Surrey, West Sussex

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration, Therapeutic listening

Specialist skills

Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Behaviour management, Balance, Co-ordination, School Based Therapy/Support, Makaton, Sensory attachment intervention

Kirsty

Glasgow, Glasgow (City of)

An expert occupational therapist, Kirsty works with children with a range of conditions in West Scotland in their own environments.

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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

Katie

London

Katie is a paediatric occupational therapist based in London, helping children and families at home or in school.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London , London - South

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Seating and Postural management, Moving and Handling

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Co-ordination

Victoria

Greater Manchester, North West England

Qualifying in 2002, Victoria specialises in housing & equipment and seating & postural management for children.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North West England, Greater Manchester

Specialisms

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

Further qualifications

Train the trainer

Fiona

Birmingham, Staffordshire

Based in Staffordshire, Fiona provides occupational therapy to adults and children, specialising in moving & handling and housing & equipment.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West Midlands, East Midlands, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Birmingham, Coventry, Nottingham, Leicester, Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton, Derby

Specialisms

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

Further qualifications

Train the trainer

Specialist skills

Motivational interviewing, DFG Assessments, Daily living skills, Anxiety management & relaxation

Jacqueline

London - Central, Middlesex

Based in London, Jacqueline provides expert paediatric therapy helping children with handwriting, sensory processing and specialist seating needs.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, South East of England, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, London - Central

Specialisms

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

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration, BOBATH

Claire

Hertfordshire, East Anglia

Trained in advanced handwriting and sensory integration techniques, Claire helps families by treating children at home, school and nursery.

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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

Lone

Hertfordshire, East Anglia

Trained in advanced sensory integration techniques 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

Lisa

Derby, Derbyshire

Lisa works across the UK with adults and children with complex needs, supporting them to live as independently as possible.

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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

Anthea

Worcestershire, West and South West of England

Anthea is a highly regarded Occupational Therapist working with adults and children covering Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Somerset, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, Wales, Berkshire, Herefordshire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Vocational Rehabilitation

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration, Therapeutic listening, Certificate in Education

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Motivational issues, Daily living skills, Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Behaviour management, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Balance, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Social integration, School Based Therapy/Support, Anxiety management & relaxation, Learning disability

Katrina

Hampshire, West and South West of England

Qualifying in 2007, Katrina specialises in housing & equipment, seating & postural management and moving & handling for adults.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

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

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments

Catriona

London - South, London

Based in London Catriona is an expert Occupational Therapist, working with children with a range of 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 managemen, School Based Therapy/Support, Anxiety management & relaxation

Joanne

Birmingham, Worcestershire

Joanne assesses and treats children in the West Midlands with a range of conditions, helping them achieve their maximum ability.

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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

Louise

Birmingham, Warwickshire

Louise is an expert Seating & Postural Management OT, delivering specialist mobility and Rehabilitation assessments to clients at home.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West Midlands, East Midlands, South of England, South East of England, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Birmingham

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

Postural managemen

Sharon

Essex, South East of England

Based in Essex, Sharon provides expert speech and language therapy helping children with speech delay and eating or drinking difficulties.

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Profession

Speech and Language Therapy

Regions covered

East Anglia, London, South East of England, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Suffolk, London - East

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Specialist skills

School Based Therapy/Support, Dysphagia management

Sian

Somerset, West and South West of England

Working across the South West, Sian is an expert Occupational Therapist working with children in their own homes and schools.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Specialist skills

Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Co-ordination, Self care

Natiq

London

Qualifying in 2011, Natiq specialises in housing & equipment, rehabilitation and seating & postural management for adults and children.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

East Anglia, London, South of England, South East of England, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent

Specialisms

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

Further qualifications

Train the trainer

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, PIPs, Daily living skills, Wheelchair accreditation

Jane

Wiltshire, South East of England

Qualifying in 2000, Jane specialises in housing & equipment, rehabilitation and seating & postural management for adults and children.

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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

Sara-Jane

London - North, Middlesex

Providing expert paediatric care to children with a range of needs, Sara-Jane works in North London with children and families.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, Middlesex, London - North

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, School Based Therapy/Support

Amie

Bristol, Somerset

Amie is a highly experienced Occupational Therapist specialising in Neuro-Rehabilitation covering the Somerset, Bath & Bristol and West Wiltshire areas.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

West and South West of England, Avon, Somerset, Bristol

Specialisms

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

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Fine motor skills, Planning & execution, Self care, Postural managemen

Chris

Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

Chris is an expert occupational therapist, having gained a PhD for a study investigating individuals with liver disease.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

North East England, Durham, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Sunderland, Newcastle upon Tyne

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Specialist skills

Fatigue management, Daily living skills, Self care, Social integration, Anxiety management & relaxation

Rachael

London - Central, London

Rachel is an expert paediatric occupational therapist working in London, with children and their families in their homes and schools.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London , London - Central

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration

Specialist skills

Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Self care

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, 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

Ganga

West Sussex, South East of England

Qualifying in 2008, Ganga specialises in rehabilitation for adults and children. She visits clients at home.

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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

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration

Specialist skills

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

Lucy

Cambridgeshire, East Anglia

Qualifying in 1999, Lucy specialises in seating & postural management, rehabilitation and housing & equipment for adults.

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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

Monica

London - South, Surrey

Working in Surrey and South London, Monica is an expert paediatric OT working with children at home and school.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, South East of England, Essex, Kent, Middlesex, Surrey

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Further qualifications

BOBATH

Specialist skills

Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, DMO (Lycra) Splinting, Splinting

Ciara

Middlesex, London

Qualified in advanced sensory integration and Bobath techniques, Ciara provides expert occupational therapy to children and families.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

London, Middlesex, London - Central, London - North, London - East

Specialisms

Paediatrics

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration, BOBATH, Therapeutic listening, Train the trainer

Specialist skills

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

Robert

Brighton, West Sussex

Qualifying in 2002, Robert specialises in paediatrics, as well as adult rehabilitation. He completed a Professional Doctorate in 2013.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

South East of England, East Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, West Sussex, Brighton

Specialisms

Paediatrics, Vocational Rehabilitation, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation

Further qualifications

AMPS

Specialist skills

Counselling, Behaviour management, School Based Therapy/Support, Sign Language, Anxiety management & relaxation, Sensory attachment intervention

Jenny

Carmarthenshire, Wales

Based in Wales, Jenny provides expert occupational therapy to adults and children. She specialises in housing & equipment and seating.

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Profession

Occupational Therapy

Regions covered

Wales, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire, Swansea, Swansea

Specialisms

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

Further qualifications

Sensory Integration, BOBATH, Train the trainer, Chailey Postural Management

Specialist skills

DFG Assessments, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Co-ordination, Self care, Postural managemen, School Based Therapy/Support, Wheelchair accreditation

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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Paediatric case managers

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

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Charities

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

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NHS trusts

Outsourcing solutions for waiting list clearance and ongoing management.

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Local education authorities

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

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Solicitors

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

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Some commonly asked questions about our paediatric OT service

Questions about childhood difficulties our paediatric OT's treat

What are gross motor skills and how can an occupational therapist help a child who is having difficulties with gross motor skills?

A child who is having difficulty with their gross motor skills may appear to be ‘clumsy’ (falling over a lot). They often tend to avoid activities such as climbing, bike riding and sports.

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What are fine motor skills and how can an occupational therapist help a child who is having difficulties with fine motor skills?

Effective fine motor skills enable us to carry out the intricate, controlled, small hand movements required for all activities in daily life. Fine motor skills are necessary for manipulating objects within the hand to produce the small movements needed for dexterity.

Children that have difficulty with fine motor skills will typically struggle with handwriting and find tasks involving buttons, zips, laces and cutlery difficult.

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What are visual perceptual skills and how can an occupational therapist help a child who is having difficulties with visual perceptual skills?

This refers to a child’s ability to cognitively process visual information and produce a physical response.

Development of effective visual perceptual skills involves being able to picking out objects from a cluttered space, depth perception and spotting similarities & differences, for example b’s and d’s.

Children with visual perceptual difficulties often struggle with tasks like copying work from the board into a book, steering a bike, putting clothes on correctly and finding objects they need in a cluttered space such as a book from a book-shelf.

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How can an occupational therapist help a child who is having difficulties with self-care skills?

Self-care involves all the routine activities necessary for childhood independence such as dressing, feeding & toileting. These simple actions have component parts, if these components have not developed in unison a child can struggle with the larger task.

Development of effective self-care skills relies on visual perception, body awareness, sequencing and planning, hand-eye coordination, sensory processing, gross and fine motor skills, balance, and dexterity.

Although children develop at different rates, most are able to complete some basic self-care skills by the time they are preparing for school. If your child struggles with self-care, you may observe avoidance of certain tasks or a change in behavior at certain times of the day.

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How can an occupational therapist help a child who is having difficulties with organisation skills?

Successful organisation is achieved when a child can simultaneously organise their body and their environment. An example organisational task is sitting correctly on a chair at a table and arranging their books and pens in front of them. Tasks like this, which require advanced motor planning and sequencing skills, can to be common areas of difficulty.

Development of effective organisation skills rely on motor planning, sequencing, body awareness, spatial awareness, ability to follow instructions, and concentration.

Difficulties with organisation may appear subtly. A teacher may report that a child is slow at preparing for lessons and needs repeated instruction, or that they are the last to get changed for PE. A child struggling with organisation may often lose things and appear generally disorganised.

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How can an occupational therapist help a child who is having difficulties with handwriting?

Handwriting requires a combination of many skills. If a child has difficulty with one of these skills, their overall writing performance may be weakened.

Development of effective handwriting requires gross and fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, visual perceptual skills, memory, and concentration.

Many parents contact us because a school has identified their child’s poor pencil skills and handwriting. As a consequence of these limitations, a child may express an unwillingness to participate and may show a slow progression.. The school may also observe a discrepancy between the quality of the child’s written work and verbal and cognitive abilities.

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How can an occupational therapist help a child who is having difficulties with concentration?

Concentration is a skill acquired by children over time. Because it is commonly difficult to practice prior to school or pre school it is often at this time and concerns may arise.

Effective concentration requires motivation, processing of instructions, body awareness and the ability to sit relatively still for extended period. Children also need to be able to filter out irrelevant visual and auditory stimulation, such as classroom background noise in visually busy classrooms.

Some children may find their immediate environment over or under-stimulating which may manifest in a variety of behaviors such as talking loudly, making inappropriate noise, being disruptive and frustrated, asking to go to the toilet often, and consequently, slower than expected academic progression.

Questions about conditions our paediatric OTs help with

What is sensory processing disorder and how can an occupational therapist help?

How a child processes and responds to sensory information – sight, sound, smell, taste and touch – can be reflected in their emotional reactions. Some children find every day activities such as dressing themselves, overwhelming and distressing. Our therapists are skilled in helping children develop the ‘sensory integration’ necessary to manage in these circumstances.

Find out more about sensory processing disorder and how a paediatric OT can help.

What is Dyspraxia / Developmental coordination disorder and how can an occupational therapist help?

Dyspraxia is the word used to describe difficulties associated with movement and coordination. It is a common childhood condition that affects both gross and fine motor movements. Our therapists are proficient in working with children with dyspraxia and providing the necessary treatment and advice to maximise a child’s independence.

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What is Cerebral palsy and how can an occupational therapist help?

This is the term used to describe various neurological conditions that affect movement and coordination. In cerebral palsy, the part of the brain responsible for movement grows abnormally or is damaged before, during or shortly after birth. Cerebral palsy will effect each child differently.

Our therapists will thoroughly assess your child to determine how they are being affected in their daily activities so we can work with your family to maximise your child’s independence.

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What is Autism and how can an occupational therapist help?

Autism is described as a life-long condition that affects a child’s ability to communicate and interact with the people and world around them.

Asperger syndrome is one form of autism. Children with Asperger’s are often above average in intelligence but struggle to appropriately interact with the world around them.

Our team of expert paediatric occupational therapists are skilled at working with children with autism and those who are involved in the child’s life. We aim to identify day-to-day difficulties and provide treatment and techniques to manage them.

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What is Developmental delay and how can an occupational therapist help?

Childhood development refers to the maturity process that a child goes through from birth through adolescence. Developmental delay is indicated when a child has not reached particular milestones by the expected time period.

Experienced in the many ways developmental delay can affect a child, our paediatric occupational therapists provide one-to-one treatment sessions with advice and home programmes based on your child’s areas of difficulty.

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What is Down’s syndrome and how can an occupational therapist help?

Down’s syndrome is a genetic condition that causes varying degrees of learning disability and some characteristic physical features. Children with Down’s syndrome may struggle to develop their independence and self-care skills at the same stage as their peers.

Our team of paediatric occupational therapists will work with your family to increase your child’s ability to accomplish everyday activities.

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