We help children achieve everyday tasks important to them.
If your child is struggling at home or school - we can help.
We specialise in assessment and treatment of the following difficulties:
- Delayed achievement of milestones - children develop at different rates. Get in touch if you are concerned about your child's achievement of generally-accepted milestones e.g. sitting up, rolling, crawling, walking, potty training, independent feeding, smiling or making eye contact. Early intervention with such difficulties is very important.
- Fine Motor difficulties - difficulties in this area include struggling to complete intricate activities with our hands e.g. do/undo buttons, zips and laces, hold cutlery properly, write neatly, use a scissors or manipulate toys. Fine motor difficulties can lead to children needing more help at home and at school and being slow to complete everyday tasks. We can pinpoint your child's difficulties and offer intervention to address these.
- Gross Motor difficulties - children with gross motor difficulties struggle to move fluidly and in a co-ordinated manner. They may use too much or too little force, may appear "heavy-handed" or "weak", may bump into people and objects, may drop items and, over time, may start to avoid movement experiences. They may have difficulty riding a bike, swimming or participating in team sports. Through play and fun activities, we can assess your child's performance in this area and recommend intervention to address any difficulties.
- Handwriting problems - handwriting is a complex skill and there can be many reasons for handwriting difficulties. Our handwriting assessment evaluates children's pencil grasp, pencil control, body posture, letter formation/spacing/alignment, handwriting speed, visual processing skills, upper limb hypermobility and retained reflexes - all of which can affect handwriting quality and speed. We can suggest interventions to address these difficulties, monitor your child's handwriting over time and recommend alternative methods of recording e.g. assistive technology.
- Sensory Processing difficulties - Sensory Processing refers to our body's ability to detect, interpret and respond to information in our environment, ideally in a timely and appropriate manner. Children with sensory processing difficulties may respond too much, too little, too soon or too late to information. They may have difficulty filtering out background/everyday sensory information or may process harmless information as a potential threat. Their fear of sensations may affect their ability to carry out everyday tasks e.g. brush their teeth, take a shower, eat a balanced diet or concentrate in class. Occupational Therapists are specialists in identifying a child's main difficulties, affected sensory systems and addressing these.
- Difficulty with daily living skills - We help children and young adults develop and refine the necessary skills for independent living e.g. dressing, grooming, maintaining personal hygiene, eating, participating in leisure activities, managing money and organising self/belongings.
- Visual processing difficulties - accurate visual processing skills i.e. Visual Perception and Visual Motor Integration help us make sense of what we see. Such difficulties can affect handwriting, tasks requiring eye-hand co-ordination, spatial relations, sequencing, matching, identifying differences & similarities, reading and spelling. Our assessments identify visual processing components affecting your child and offer treatment and methods of adapting the home and school environments.
- Attention difficulties - difficulty sitting still, listening, screening out background noises, following instructions and acting on key information can all affect children's abilities to maintain attention at school. If you have concerns about your child's attention, get in touch.
- Executive Functioning difficulties - if your child struggles to make plans, manage themself/their belongings/their time, memorise/retain/recall information, needs frequent reminders, procrastinates a lot, has difficulty following directions or has difficulty getting started on a task, they may have executive function difficulties. We can evaluate your child's performance relative to expectations for their age and recommend strategies to make home and school life easier.