Occupational Therapy Services

The Blooming Tree ABA clinic provides private Occupational Therapy (OT) Assessments and Sessions. The goal of occupational therapy is to support an individual’s health and participation in life through engagement in occupations or everyday tasks (AOTA, 2008).
An assessment is the first step for all of our clients as it enables the therapist to gain a better insight about why you have requested our services and establishes whether the child needs direct or indirect services and/or referral to other professional services.
The assessment process is focused on finding out what the child wants and needs to do and on identifying those factors that act as supports or barriers to performance.
During the assessment, this information will be paired with the therapist knowledge about human performance and the effect that illness, disability and engagement in occupation have on performance.

"The Blooming Tree OT Room"

The therapist will use a combination of interviews, standardised assessments and expert observation to determine the best treatment approach for your child. Assessments are available at your convenience, either at home, in school or at our clinic.
Which children might benefit from OT assessment and treatment in the Blooming Tree clinic?
Paediatrics OT encompasses working with children aged 0-9, covering a wide range of conditions and problems to promote their function in relation to activities they complete. Some of the conditions we work with include:

  • Autism / pervasive developmental disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder
  • Down’s Syndrome
  • Dyspraxia
  • Developmental delays
  • Have a diagnosed disability that has a high likelihood of causing a developmental delay
  • Birth injuries or birth defects
  • Sensory processing disorders
  • Traumatic Injuries (brain or spinal cord)
  • Learning problems
  • Mental health

"The Blooming Tree OT Room"

Some signs a child may present that tell us he or she needs OT:

  • The child is a bystander or observer on the playground and rarely tries out the equipment independently.
  • The child has poor posture while sitting in a chair at the table and during situations of unsupported sitting, for example, during circle time the child is observed to roll or move around a lot on the floor.
  • The child has a difficult time walking in line or being close to other children.
  • The child appears to be irritated by touch from other people but frequently touches things themselves.
  • The child frequently chooses the same familiar game or activity and avoids learning new motor activities or games.
  • The child avoids fine motor activities. They have difficulty manipulating small objects, using scissors, demonstrate an abnormal pencil grip, or their hand tires easily during fine motor tasks.
  • The child may press too hard or too light on the paper when writing.
  • The child seems to have more difficulty than peers putting on their coat, putting on and tying shoes and buttoning.
  • The child has trouble putting together puzzles or finding a specific object in the environment.
  • The child frequently runs into things in the classroom, falls to the floor, or purposely crashes into things or people.
  • The child has more trouble than their peers writing.
  • The child takes excessive risks and frequently demonstrates decreased safety awareness.

If you see any of these behaviours / characteristics in the children you know, every-day life may be more difficult to get through for them than for other children and is going to affect their performance / success in school, etc.

What the OT assess:

  • Play skills
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (preparing meals / snack, using public transportation, shopping, managing money, etc.)
  • Education skills (colouring, cutting, handwriting, functional mobility skills).
  • Function
  • Social Participation (promote functional communication, sharing, taking turns, following rules, augmentative communication if needed, improve child’s dexterity or modifying signs and selection of an appropriate assistive technology device if needed)
  • Concentration
  • Sensory Profiles
  • Motor skills
  • Visual-motor integration
  • Visual perception skills
  • Environment / adaptive equipment if needed

"The Blooming Tree OT Room"

What are the potential benefits of OT assessment?

  • Identify the general level of development of each child
  • Establish a baseline of present occupational performance skills (sensorimotor, cognitive and psycho-social) and occupations (self-help, play, learning (academics) and peer relationships)
  • Identify clear goals and the impact of the environment on the child
  • Identify areas of occupational strengths and need (s) as identified by the child, his or her parents and the therapist
  • Contribute data for differential diagnosis, if appropriate
  • Decide on appropriate models for therapy
  • Help in selecting goals for a program of therapy in order to help the children to learn or relearn skills needed to perform the occupations
  • Change to discuss any worries / concerns with someone in the know
  • Understand the difficulties your child is facing
  • How these can impact on school / home life
  • Increased awareness of the many therapy options available to improve your child’s function
  • Provide a measure of progress

What are the potential benefits of treatment?

  • Academic performance
  • Cognitive development (concentration, etc.)
  • Communication development
  • Co-operation with siblings and parents
  • Social or emotional development
  • Gross and / or fine motor co-ordination and motor planning
  • Independence in self-care skills
  • Self-confidence
  • Self-esteem

Pricing

  • OT Assessment cost:  £60/hour
  • OT Sessions cost:        £60/hour
  • OT Reports cost          £60/hour

Normally an OT assessment takes up to 2-3 hours
The OT reports takes up to 3 hours

"The Blooming Tree OT Room"

Our aim is to enable your child to live
as independently as possible

OT Services Contact Form
For more information please contact us through this form