Occupational therapy is geared towards understanding, and treating, any challenges your child may be having in independence skills such as getting dressed, feeding themselves or working independently at school.
There's a growing understanding of the range of sensory issues any of us may have and there is an acceptance that sensory differences are a factor in autism. Many of our children do not realise that they perceive the world differently through their senses, so they cannot explain their experience to others. The term “sensory input” refers to experiences that stimulate the various sensory systems of our bodies. Some people with sensory processing issues demonstrate behaviours indicating they need more input to their sensory systems.
Who is occupational therapy for?
Occupational Therapy can support children who have difficulties with;
- Attention and concentration
- Fine and gross motor skills
- Sensory processing difficulties
- Self - care skills
- Participating with peers
- Organisation of self
- Self regulation
- Difficulties with sleep
After referral and following consent given by parents or carers and the young person concerned, occupational therapy sessions will take place on a weekly basis for an initial period of 4-6 weeks. This to see if the young person is happy to engage with therapy and it is thought to be of benefit. The sessions take place in a safe and supportive environment within the school.
Denise Wilson - Occupational Therapist at Huckleberry
I am an occupational therapist, play therapist and DIR Floortime specialist. I have been working with children with developmental, social and emotional challenges since 1996. I also have further training in sensory integration, sensory attachment intervention, sound therapies and neurodevelopmental therapy (e.g. primitive reflex integration). In my quest to try to understand the whole child in their bodies, emotions and interactions, I have recently started training in nutritional therapy too!
Some of the areas that I can assess and support with include:
- Self-regulation (emotional and sensory)
- Sensory processing
- Social-emotional challenges
- Play/ imagination
- Gross and fine motor skills
- Activities of daily living