Occupational Therapy can help children who have difficulties with the practical and social skills necessary for every day life.
Your child will benefit from intervention by a Paediatric Occupational Therapist if they are having difficulties with any of the following:
Dressing self, difficulty with fastening buttons & tying shoe laces, clothes are inside out & back to front, struggling to use a knife & fork, problems showering/bathing & toileting.
Completion of jigsaws, constructing & building toys, cutting & gluing, drawing & colouring, jumping from one activity to another in quick succession, fearful of feet being off the ground, afraid of slides, swings and climbing apparatus.
Poor balance, not able to hop, jump or skip, unable to ride a bike, difficulty with ball skills in throwing, aiming & catching, falling & tripping frequently, bumping into people & objects, dropping & breaking things, difficulty using scissors & manipulating small objects such as opening wrappers/lids, managing zips & buttons.
Swapping hands when using a pencil, difficulties holding a pencil, awkward pencil grip, breaking pencils, heavy or very light pencil pressure, poor letter & number formation including reversals, illegible handwriting, cursive writing difficulties, slow writer & difficulty keeping up with the class.
Always needing to move around, over excited during movement, takes climbing risks, enjoys falling, decreased pain and temperature awareness, constantly fidgeting & touching objects & people, poor attention, difficulty concentrating & easily distracted, doesn't respond to own name being called, fearful of using playground equipment, very cautious using stairs & fearful when using an escalator, over reacts to being touched, unable to wear certain clothing textures, poor sleeping patterns, very picky eater with a restricted diet, upset by unexpected noises (placing hands over ears & screaming), distressed and resists hair being cut or washed.
ECM Occupational Therapy can provide therapeutic intervention to help your child towards reaching their own personal potential and optimum function.
I have twenty-three years experience working as an Occupational Therapist within the NHS.
My special interests are : Developmental Coordination Disorder, Autism, Sensory Processing and Developmental Learning Needs.
My work as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist began in 2002 where I assessed and provided therapeutic treatment for children both individually and in groups within special schools, mainstream primary/secondary schools, hospital clinics and in a child's own home environment. My therapeutic treatment involves sensory regulation and perceptual-motor approaches.
I am experienced in writing detailed and comprehensive reports.
Liaising with medical professionals, attending multi-disciplinary meetings and school reviews has been an area of responsibility in my Occupational Therapy roles both in schools and hospital settings.
Additionally I have experience in assessing and recommending specialist equipment to aid a child’s posture, motor function and sensory regulation.
My Occupational Therapy treatment programmes cover perceptual-motor approaches in the following areas: the development of gross motor (core stability, balance and shoulder strengthening), bilateral coordination and sequencing, bilateral integration & crossing the midline, visual motor integration, fine motor, eye tracking, handwriting, visual perceptual skills, proprioception, kinaesthesia and body awareness, tactile awareness, motor planning, visual spatial awareness, sensory modulation strategies and self care skill development.
I thoroughly enjoy my work and I am committed to helping each child I work with to progress towards their own potential and optimum function. It is always my goal to provide a high standard of professional care.
ECM Therapy is an Independent Paediatric Occupational Therapy service based near Coleraine, Northern Ireland.
ECM Occupational Therapy aims are to assist children and young people towards developing their individual potential and optimum function through individually tailored therapeutic intervention.
ECM Therapy is an Independent Children's Occupational Therapy service based near Coleraine, Northern Ireland.
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