“Finally my son has a list of things he is great at, he knows himself and likes himself more.”

OTUK Services

At Occupational Therapy UK we offer a wide range of services for both private individuals and schools. The services below is an outline of the common services we offer. If you have a requirement that is not listed below or you wish to discuss you need further please get in contact with us.

Occupational Therapy

Individual therapy, we provide specialist one to one therapy for children and their families some of the areas we specialise in include:

  • Balance & Co-Ordination
  • Gross motor skills
  • Fine motor skills
  • Self-Care Skills e.g. dressing and undressing for PE, using a knife and fork
  • Concentration and attention
  • Functional Skills in the Classroom e.g. scissor skills
  • Handwriting and pencil control
  • Perceptual skills
  • Play and socialisation
  • Sensory Integration
  • Emotional and behavioural development
  • Organisational skills
  • Oral Motor Functioning
  • Feeding, fussy eaters swallowing difficulties
  • Social Skills

We use a variety of approaches, treatment programmes and standardised tools, our specialist areas include:

  • Sensory integration therapy
  • Therapeutic listening
  • Intensive interaction
  • Play as a therapeutic medium
  • Attachment and development theory
  • Primitive reflex integration
  • Sensory motor
  • Neurological developmental theory

Occupational therapy for children focuses on supporting access in areas of a child's life, school and learning, play and socialising, engagement and enjoyment and developing independence in all activities of daily living, from going to the toilet to playing with friends.

We understand childhood and how to make the most of it, give us a call or drop us an email to find out more.

We guarantee to arrange a call back with a qualified clinician, so you will always be give informed and supportive guidance.

Speech and language therapy

Our therapists are specialist children's experts, they understand the need to communicate and use a variety of standardised programmes and tools to provide well rounded therapeutic programmes to include:

  • Organisational skills
  • Oral Motor Functioning
  • Feeding, fussy eaters swallowing difficulties
  • Verbal Comprehension
  • Communication
  • Expressive Language
  • Phonology (Speech Sounds)
  • Phonological Awareness (Pre Literacy Skills)
  • Social communication

Physiotherapy

Specialist physiotherapy assessment and treatment for babies and children can be provided in the following areas:

  • Developmental assessments of babies and young children, with specialist interest in the developmental follow up of babies born prematurely.
  • Newborn baby assessment to check for positional abnormalities present from birth – feet, hips, head and neck (treatment of positional talipies, torticollis, erbs palsy and plagiocephaly)
  • Musculoskeletal aches and pains
  • Inflammatory pain disorders such as Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
  • Physiotherapy rehabilitation after sporting injuries, sprains and fractures.
  • Treatment of orthopaedic conditions common in childhood eg perthes, SUFE's, osgood slatters disease, severs disease
  • Strengthening post orthopaedic surgery
  • Neurological issues such as Cerebral Palsy
  • Neuro-muscular disorders such as SMA and DMD
  • Hypermobility
  • Developmental delay
  • Developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD), poor co-ordination or balance
  • Poor posture and postural pain syndromes
  • Rehabilitation after a prolonged period of illness resulting in weakness and a loss of physical function.

Overview

Occupational Therapy UK is fortunate enough to work with a variety of charities, community projects, local education authorities, and private education establishments, to help families engage in meaningful therapy and support programmes. The practice offers assessment and therapy intervention to children aged 0 - 18 years. We specialise in working with children with:

  • ASD and Aspergers Syndrome
  • Dyslexia and dyspraxia
  • Dysphagia
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder [DCD] (including Dyspraxia)
  • Sensory Processing Disorder and Sensory Integration difficulties
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Learning Disorders
  • Neuro muscular conditions including cerebral palsy
  • Early years developmental delay and Prematurity
  • Language / Communication Disorders
  • Language / Communication Delay
  • Articulation difficulties
  • Handwriting difficulties
  • Delays in gross and fine motor skills
  • Delayed self-care / independent living skills
  • Concentration difficulties

Occupational Therapy UK offers a comprehensive assessment and intervention service to children from birth to 18 years. We are able to offer assessments, individual therapy and group sessions to local schools, nurseries and children's centres. We understand the uniqueness of each child and work closely with them, their families and schools to unlock their own unique potential; we know how to help children be successful within the learning environment.

We understand the role of teachers and the needs of schools and nurseries we offer comprehensive training to teaching and learning support staff, providing them with meaningful solutions that are accessible within the school environment.

We know the challenges faced by busy parents we offer a variety of training and support services for parents, families and carers, offering realistic and achievable solutions for busy families.

Assessment

We offer both individual and joint Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy Assessments.

Initial Screening: We are able to offer a free initial screening service to schools and nurseries to assist in identifying children that are struggling in aspects of their development. This involves a 20 minute observation of the child in the classroom looking at the development of handwriting, fine motor skills, self-care skills, gross motor skills, attention and behaviour. Feedback of strengths and difficulties will be provided in checklist format with recommendations of whether the child’s skills are age appropriate or if they would benefit from further assessment / intervention.

Full Occupational Therapy Assessment: A full OT assessment includes a detailed pre assessment parent and teacher questionnaire to provide current and background information on the child. A 1.5 - 2 hour assessment session with the child using standardised assessments as appropriate, looking at (appropriate to age / developmental stage), fine and gross motor skills, sensory integration, self-regulation, planning and sequencing, balance and coordination, neuromuscular abilities, self-care skills, concentration and attention, functional skills in the classroom, handwriting, perceptual skills, play and socialisation. A full assessment report is written as a narrative, including standardised scores, recommendations, and treatment frequency / duration (if applicable). A 45 minute feedback meeting is included for parents / teachers to meet with the therapist post assessment to discuss the assessment findings and recommendations in depth.

Occupational Therapy Functional Evaluation: The therapist will meet with the child for 45 minutes and ask the child to do a variety of tasks that are age appropriate. Performance in the areas of fine motor, self-care, visual motor, gross motor and sensory motor will be evaluated. Specific areas tested include pencil grasp, hand usage, bilateral hand use, motor coordination, motor planning, buttoning / zipping, shoe laces, cutlery skills, scissor skills, posture, attention to task, muscle strength. This is a non-standardised evaluation process. Functional Evaluations are reported in check list format ("age appropriate" or "needs improvement") with a short narrative describing the child' s strengths, needs and recommendations.

Developmental Screening: For children ages 2 - 4. This screening is a valuable tool for parents / teaching staff wishing to have a child screened by an Occupational Therapist in the areas of fine motor, self-care skills, sensory motor and gross motor skills. The therapist will meet with the child for 45 minutes and lead them through a variety of tasks to determine developmental areas of strength and need. Parents / teaching staff will receive a check list of specific age appropriate tasks screened ("age appropriate" or "Needs improvement") to highlight areas of strength and need, and a list of fun activities to encourage developmental growth.

Getting ready for school: This 45 minute screening with an Occupational Therapist will give you valuable information to make sure your child is right on track for starting school. Parents / teaching staff will receive a check list of areas ("age appropriate" or "needs improvement") required for success in school. Areas screened include handwriting readiness, pencil grasp, scissor skills, and attention, following directions, buttoning / zipping, knife and fork skills, hand use, coordination and dexterity. Ideas of fun activities that you can play with your child to develop their areas of need prior to commencing school will also be included.

Full Speech and Language Therapy Assessment: A full SLT assessment includes a detailed pre assessment parent and teacher questionnaire to provide current and background information on the child. A 1.5 hour assessment session with the child using standardised assessments as appropriate, looking at (appropriate to age / developmental stage), verbal comprehension, communication, expressive language, receptive language, play, pragmatics, articulation, phonology (speech sounds), phonological awareness (pre literacy skills), social skills, feeding skills, oral motor functioning. A full assessment report is written as a narrative, including standardised scores, recommendations, and treatment frequency / duration (if applicable). A 45 minute feedback meeting is included for parents / teaching staff to meet with the therapist post assessment to discuss the assessment findings and recommendations in depth.

Speech and Language Therapy Screening: Speech Therapy Screenings are available for early language development, pre-school and school aged children. The screenings are a valuable tool for parents / teaching staff wishing to have a child screened by a Speech Therapist to identify any potential areas of need or for general piece that of mind in the child's language and communication development is on track. The therapist will meet with the child for 45 minutes and complete a variety of tasks to determine areas of strength and need. Parents / teaching staff will receive a check list of specific age appropriate language and communication milestones screened ("age appropriate" or "needs improvement") to highlight areas of strength and need, and a list of fun activities to encourage developmental growth. Screening of performance in the areas of expressive and receptive language, verbal comprehension, play, articulation, phonology, oral motor skills (appropriate to developmental stage) may be included.

Joint Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy Assessment: A joint OT / SLT assessment combines a full Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy assessment. This assessment package suits the needs of younger children or those with more complex needs. The assessment session is completed jointly by the OT and SLT.

The assessment includes a detailed pre assessment parent and teacher questionnaire to provide current and background information on the child. A 2 hour assessment session with the child using standardised assessments as appropriate, looking at (appropriate to age / developmental stage): fine and gross motor skills, sensory integration, self-regulation, planning and sequencing, balance and coordination, neuromuscular abilities, self-care skills, concentration and attention, functional skills in the classroom, handwriting, perceptual skills, play and socialisation, verbal comprehension, communication, expressive language, receptive language, play, pragmatics, articulation, phonology (speech sounds), phonological awareness (pre literacy skills), social skills, feeding skills, oral motor functioning. A full assessment report is written as a narrative, including standardised scores, recommendations, and treatment frequency / duration (if applicable). A 45 minute feedback meeting is included for parents / teaching staff to meet jointly with the therapists post assessment to discuss the assessment findings and recommendations in depth.

Treatment Options

We are able to offer individual, joint and group therapy sessions within schools, nurseries and children's centres. Individual treatment sessions are generally 45 minutes. We encourage teachers and learning support workers to attend sessions whenever possible so strategies can be carried over into the school day in order to support the child in maximising the progress they make.

We also offer joint Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy sessions.

Therapy Groups:

Speech Therapy Groups focusing on:

  • Early Years Development
  • Expressive Language
  • Social skills
  • Pragmatics
  • Articulation
  • Language Delay
  • Language Disorder

Occupational Therapy Groups focusing on:

  • Early Years Development
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Handwriting
  • Scissor Skills
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Sensory Processing
  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Physiotherapy groups
  • Strengthening
  • Co-ordination
  • Children's yoga
  • Co-ordination disorders

Occupational therapy UK is now offering an exciting new group treatment block for children with attention, organisation and learning disorders such as dyslexia dyspraxia and ADHD.

Please ask about our active bodies alert minds programme.

Occupational Therapy UK also offers enrichment programmes for after school services with a variety of engaging developmental session that are beneficial and accessible to ALL children.

Staff Training and CPD

Occupational Therapy UK is able to offer a wide range of training and seminars to teaching staff, learning support assistants, nursery and children's centre staff and parents.

Our training sessions can be tailored to the learning needs of the group and offer interactive and practical learning opportunities. Training sessions offered include:

  • Paediatric first aid (Ofsted recognised)
  • Supporting a Child with a Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Motor Development in the School Aged Child
  • Promoting Concentration and Attention within the Classroom Using a Sensory Integrative Approach
  • Understanding and Supporting a Child with Handwriting Difficulties
  • A multi-sensory approach to handwriting skills
  • Understanding and Supporting a Child with Dyspraxia
  • Developing Fine Motor Skills
  • Developing Gross Motor Skills
  • Classroom seating and ergonomics
  • Supporting a child with feeding difficulties