Assessment and Therapy
I offer a variety of assessments and treatment approaches to support children and young people with the following conditions: Sensory Processing Difficulties, Anxiety, Delayed Milestones, Dyspraxia / DCD, Autism, ADHD and Dyslexia.
I also see children who don't have a diagnosis but concerns have arisen about their development or academic skills.
As each child is an individual, bespoke assessments are carried out that help assess your child's strengths and needs. An assessment may be appropriate if you are concerned about any of the following areas: delayed milestones, academic abilities, sensory processing difficulties, handwriting development, gross and / or fine motor coordination, attention and concentration skills or emotional and behavioural responses.
Assessments include observations of functional skills and a detailed look at the building blocks of development, including retained primitive reflexes, sensory integration, postural control, visual perception and coordination skills.
Diagnosis of DCD / Dyspraxia
An occupational therapist is part of a team that can help determine if your child shows clinical signs of DCD / Dyspraxia. Results from standardised tests, clinical observations and a detailed history are used to advise whether your child's difficulties point towards a diagnosis. If so, we will put you in touch with a Paediatrician who can confirm the diagnosis.
If your child is assessed as having neurological immaturity i.e. retained infant reflexes, I will recommend that therapy starts at this level in order to build a firm foundation for any other interventions. Specific exercises and movements will be prescribed for you to carry out at home, for up to 15 minutes, on a daily basis. Your child will typically be reviewed every 3-4 weeks and the program will be modified and new movements will be prescribed.
Depending on the needs of your child, I may recommend 1 or a combination of the following interventions:
- Parent education and consultation
- Sensory based strategies i.e. sensory diets and sensory-motor programs
- Therapeutic listening
- Gross and fine motor skills training to support strength and coordination skills
- Handwriting support
- Strategies to support emotional and behavioural regulation
- Strategies to support social-communication skills
- Play based therapy.
Parent advice clinics
If you're unsure if your child needs OT intervention or if you're just looking to discuss your child's needs and problem-solve 1-2 issues, I am happy to meet with you and provide information and strategies for you to try at home.
Please get in touch to request more information about my various assessment and treatment packages and a list of my current fee structure.