Assessments & advice
Our paediatric therapists can assess your child at home or school, and at a time convenient for you. The assessment is a collaborative process where we obtain a full picture of your child's difficulties before planning the next steps with you.
We appreciate that parents or guardians are likely to have questions, and the assessment is your protected time to ask these of an expert. We will also provide immediate and practical advice at this stage, relieving you and your child of anxiety in the meantime.
Initial Consultation Service
If you are unsure about the right pathway to take and concerned about the cost of an OT assessment, then our initial video consultation may be a helpful starting point. Our initial paediatric consultation service has been created for parents and guardians simply seeking some practical advice from a specialist paediatric OT and to gain confidence about the right next steps.
Whilst a consultation is not a substitute for a full assessment, where appropriate our OT will discuss strategies and programs that can be immediately implemented by yourself or your child's school. It maybe that the day-to-day difficulties that a child is experiencing, could to varying extents, be managed through practical advice to parents or schools. During the consultation, our paediatric OT will discuss with you whether this is an appropriate and sufficient alternative option to a full assessment, and if not, explain what a full assessment would provide to ensure you are well informed to decide on next steps.
Why we have created our initial video consultation service for parents:
- We appreciate the cost of an OT assessment can be daunting and we want to offer a more widely accessible starting point
- If you are unsure of what an OT assessment will provide, to ensure you are well informed and give you confidence to proceed with a full assessment if appropriate
- If possible, immediately give you some practical and actionable advice and/or programs you can implement yourself or at school.
- Because it is delivered remotely, we can draw on our entire nationwide network to ensure there is no waiting for availability and we are not constrained by location to provide you with access to some of the very best paediatric OTs in the UK.
Find out more about our Initial Consultation Service on our dedicated page.
Following an initial functional assessment and consultation, we will propose a treatment programme oriented towards the goals you have for your child, aiming to address their difficulties, boost confidence and ultimately equip them to be as independent as possible.
- One-to-one treatment sessions
Our one-to-one treatment sessions focus on specific skill development at home and/or school. They are usually delivered in blocks of eight, allowing us to periodically review a child's progress and adjust our programme.
- Bespoke programmes, designed by us and delivered by you
Of course, not all children require the presence of an OT at every stage of their treatment, so we can devise bespoke programmes that incorporate activities throughout your child’s day, giving them increased opportunity to practice the techniques we develop with them.
- Techniques and strategies
These are provided as part of our therapist's assessment report, and provide practical advice to improve your child’s skills.
In addressing the school environment, the report may include strategies for teachers to improve a child’s classroom participation and learning, while for the home environment we offer various techniques to maximize independence and manage daily challenges.
Where appropriate parents will receive options two and three as part of their assessment package, while many children will require one-to-one sessions for additional support.
We often work with children and families that, for a variety of reasons, move to us from other practices or therapists. In these circumstances we will ensure as seamless a transition as possible, with recent assessments and treatment plans either maintained or reviewed as necessary.
We work with parents, guardians and school staff to provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to support your child in their development.
Our short training packages can therefore cover a range of topics, from sensory programmes to moving & handling, handwriting techniques and behavioural strategies.
There are many component skills underlying handwriting, and a deficiency in any one of them can significantly impede a child's progress.
The OT Practice has developed its own, bespoke handwriting programme that can be tailored to the specific needs of each child and aims to develop:
- A mature pencil grip
- An effective sitting posture
- Letter formation & spacing
- Concentration strategies
- Pre-writing & copying skills
- Visual perception
- Core & shoulder stability
- Fine motor skills, hand strength and dexterity
- Organisation of work on the page
- Self-confidence with school work
The programme can be delivered by a specialist therapist but may also be overseen either by parents or school staff.
We appreciate that some children will come to us with complex physical needs. So the services offered by our paediatric occupational therapists include splinting, home adaptations, property advice, professional guidance regarding equipment & environmental control systems, seating & postural management, and moving & handling.
Our bespoke, therapeutic listening programme has helped many children improve their ability to comprehend and process spoken information, sometimes in concert with other treatment.
The programme involves a sequence of activities for your child to complete while they are listening to carefully chosen recordings, which the therapist will review every two weeks. In this way, research suggests that significant progress can be made within six months, although many children continue to benefit over longer periods.