Occupational therapy enables people with disabilities to participate in everyday activities. Through the Autism Early Support outreach service, we support children to be as independent as possible and maximise their potential in their home, educational and other environments.
Through Occupational Therapy we look at the child’s main activities for daily living:
We also look at the components that enable children to participate in everyday activities. This includes:
We support children (aged 2 to 12 years), their parents/carers, and also practitioners working with them in educational settings.
You may seek our Occupational Therapy support if you have a child who:
Presents with sensory behaviours which is affecting their:
Experiences difficulties with nursery/school based activities:
Has difficulties at home with:
You may also seek our support if you are having your child assessed for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and require an independent assessment which outlines your child’s strengths and needs, and highlights recommendation for special educational provision.
We offer assessment and intervention, consultancy and training to support children with communication difficulties and autism. This takes place within their natural environments such as home or school.
Assessment includes comprehensive interview with parents and/or education professionals working closely with the child, observation and individualised assessment. It may include:
On completion of the assessment a report will be produced to share with parents and/or professionals. Outcomes will be written in consultation with the parent/professional documenting the changes you want to see following Occupational Therapy intervention, based on the child’s needs.
Therapy is carried out in collaboration with key people working around the child. Therapy aims to empower them to implement strategies or interventions. Approaches are dependent on the child’s individual needs; they include:
CONSULTANCY AND TRAINING
As well as providing direct support for an individual child, we offer consultancy into educational, health or other settings. We are able to advise on principles, approaches and strategies that can enhance children’s engagement and development through Occupational Therapy, and that can equip practitioners in their own setting.
We provide training both for parents and carers, and for practitioners. Workshops and courses cover key aspects of sensory, behavioural and physical development, with practical examples and advice to take away.
To find out more about how we can help you and support your needs, please contact us.