Occupational Therapy

What Is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy is used to assess and treat children who have varying degrees of difficulty with sensory processing, physical development (fine and gross motor skills), and learning and concentration, or any other difficulty that affects their ability to independently achieve the typical things that children do on a day to day basis.

Who Can Benefit From Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy can help children who experience problems with:

Sensory processing:

  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Sensory based motor disorders
  • Children with Autism or those on the autistic spectrum
  • Regulation and modulation difficulties e.g. seeking or avoiding certain sensory input such as wanting to move too much or disliking the feel of certain clothing or textures on the skin
  • Children who appear not to register pain
  • Poor attention and focus
  • Emotional reactivity

Gross and fine motor (movement) skills:

  • Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Dyspraxia / motor planning difficulties
  • Developmental delay
  • Clumsy movements
  • Poor handwriting
  • Difficulty with bilateral skills i.e. using two hands together
  • Difficulty with functional fine motor tasks such as shoe laces, clothing fastenings, cutlery
  • Poor body awareness, bangs into things, walks with heavy steps

Cognitive (learning)and visual perceptual skills:

  • ADHD / other attention difficulties
  • Handwriting difficulties
  • Specific visual perceptual difficulties
  • Functional and self-care tasks

Specific conditions:

  • Cerebral palsy; hemiplegia; neurological conditions
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Downs syndrome
  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
  • Congenital conditions
  • Acquired injuries

If you would like to speak to an Occupational Therapist to discuss your concerns or to make an appointment, please call us on 0208 6737930