Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy (OT) provides practical support to empower people, to overcome barriers preventing them from participating in activities (or occupations) that matter to them. OT support can increase a person’s independence and satisfaction in all areas of life. Occupational therapists work with adults and children of all ages with a wide range of conditions. An occupational therapist will consider all of the person’s needs – physical, psychological, social, emotional  and environmental, supporting them to find/regain a sense of purpose, and  help clients think  differently about their future.

Occupational therapy enables people to participate in their daily lives, engaging in occupations that improve health and wellbeing.

Specialist Occupational Therapy:

Our Occupational Therapist has the expertise to work with adults and children of all ages, offering assessment and treatment and working collaboratively towards a goal with our clients. We work with anyone who has/has had an illness, injury, infection, or has a health condition that affects their ability to participate in the day to day occupations, that a person needs or wants to do such as:

  • Self-care e.g.(washing, dressing, teeth clean, cooking)
  • Productivity – Adults: (remain in work, voluntary work, caring for others) Children: (within a school setting: engaging in handwriting, concentrating, attending, scissor skills, PE)
  • Leisure – Adults: (cycling, crafts, running, gardening, playing an instrument, reading, eating out with friends) Children: (gymnastics, gaming, football, dance)

Our OT Service offers assessments and treatment, for a range of conditions including:

  • Persistent pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Musculoskeletal Assessment & Treatment e.g. Hypermobility
  • Neuromuscular Disorders e.g. Muscular dystrophy
  • Neurological Disorders e.g. Cerebral palsy, Acquired brain injuries, Erbs palsy
  • Congenital Disorders e.g. Spina bifida, Limb deficiencies
  • Adolescent back pain e.g. Scoliosis, Poor posture, Scheuermann’s, Low back pain
  • Coordination difficulties e.g. DCD, Dyspraxia
  • Postural management
  • Paediatric chronic pain

Specialist Assessments:

  • Moving and Handling assessments in homes, schools, workplaces
  • Environmental assessments, in homes, workplaces, schools, nurseries and hospices; recommending aids, adaptations and specialist equipment to reduce risk and increase occupational performance.
  • Sensory processing assessments can be completed: if this impacts on a person’s ability to participate in their occupations.

We work with private clients, NHS clients, parents, teachers, work employers, solicitors and many others, offering a written report and therapy plan.

Where required our occupational therapist and physiotherapist will jointly assess and offer treatment to our clients.

First initial assessment lasts approximately one hour, this will involve taking a detailed history of our clients current problem and past medical history. Subsequent sessions last approximately 30-60 minutes. Please contact us for further details or to discuss your needs.

Children & Young People OT Case studies:

Harry has cerebral palsy, finding it difficult accessing bathroom in school. Found this very difficult, embarrassing and began to withdraw, reducing amount of liquids drinking, increasing headaches, lethargy. We assessed the environment, gave recommendations on how to adjust the bathroom to allow better access for Harry. Following adaptations, Harry can now use the bathroom with minimal assistance, increasing his independence and confidence. He is back to drinking the correct amount of fluids and engaging fully in his school day.

Martha’s parents split up. Following this her school work began to suffer, and she began to withdraw from her netball team. We worked on teaching strategies to manage her anxiety, worry and anger, helping Martha to understand why she behaved in particular ways. Result: Martha is now back in school and playing netball again.

Charlotte has developmental coordination disorder and was struggling to manage fine motor tasks at school, resulting in her withdrawing and feeling very upset and down. We worked on lots of strategies including: adjusting her work station in the classroom, ensuring she was positioned well, added some aids to manage her fine motor tasks such as writing and using scissors differently. We gave her written instructions to help with concentration and attention and taught Charlotte exercises to help cope with her feelings and emotions. Charlotte is now managing her work differently, and is feeling more positive when attending school.

Adult OT Case studies:

Sam was having difficulty managing his working day due to Chronic fatigue. We completed an assessment of his work environment, met with him and his managers to discuss various ways to adjust the environment to help meet his needs. Sam is now working well, implementing the strategies to manage his fatigue, while meeting the needs of his service.

Jane is a carer for her disabled child. She was feeling overwhelmed, managing lots of appointments, medications, and being a carer for 24 hours a day. Jane was becoming very anxious and finding her ability to engage in tasks more difficult due to tiredness. We taught Jane strategies to manage her 24 hour day, including engaging in Mindfulness, understanding how to manage her stress and looking at ways to give Jane some ‘me time’. Jane is now learning to understand the signs of fatigue and anxiety, and implementing her newly learned strategies to have a better balanced life.

Isaac had lived with chronic pain for many years and had stopped engaging in his hobbies and interests. His day resulted in him sitting around doing nothing, feeling very low in mood. We taught Isaac what persistent pain was, and how to manage it differently to help increase his quality of life. Isaac has now begun to engage in one of his hobbies again, fishing, and is looking forward to a fishing trip in the near future, while still living with his pain.