I am a Paediatric Occupational Therapist with over 15 years experience in working with children in schools, social services, the NHS and now independently. I work closely with families, schools, health and outside agencies using Sensory Integration a
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What is it? Spatial awareness is the ability to be aware of oneself in space. It is an organised knowledge of objects in relation to oneself in that given space. Spatial awareness also involves understanding the relationship of these objects when there is a change of position. It can therefore be said that the awareness of spatial relationships is
We all use our mouths in different ways throughout the day. We may use them to comfort ourselves (sucking a sweet, sucking your thumb, biting nails or just touching your mouth when stressed); to regulate and organise ourselves or to help maintain attention (chewing gum, chewing the end of a pen or pencil, taking deep breaths, blowing, whistling, bi
The Asymmetrical tonic neck reflex (ATNR) is a primitive reflex that is found in new born babies and normally remains until around 6 months. It emerges in utero at around 18 weeks after conception and is usually identified and seen within the first 3 months after birth. The reflex is initiated when the head is turned to the left or the right whilst
Superstar Arts are committed to delivering high quality, meaningful, creative projects for young people and adults with learning disabilities. Their fundraising film is an appeal for help to keep the project running and to continue providing the quality of service for vulnerable young adults that they do today.
Autism It is difficult for anyone who is not on the spectrum to understand the daily barriers that affect a person with autism. These barriers are due to their perception and experience of the world which can be so extreme as to prevent them from leading a normal life. The National Autistic Society describes autism as: "Autism is a lifelong develop
The following film is part of a project run by the physiotherapy and occupational therapy departments at Hackney Ark. Their work is with teenagers who have neuro disabilities such as cerebral palsy. This film gave the teenagers an opportunity to bring awareness and explain what it's like to live with cerebral palsy. Cerebral People - Innovative fil
What is it? A child with dyspraxia can present with a wide spectrum of difficulties. The term is, however, used to describe co-ordination difficulties with evidence of significant perceptual problems in the majority of cases. Caution should be taken when using the term as it may eventually be loosely applied to every child who shows a little forget
Lauren is a brave 15 year old girl with Cerebral Palsy. In October she gave a speech at The American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. This was not an easy task for her, but she spoke clearly and bravely. Lauren's grandfather John has kindly agreed to have this video posted. Please take some time to watch this moving video. To r
Occupational therapy for children is 7 years old today! I hope to write more posts in the very near future. Keep watching this space!
What is Occupational Therapy? Dr. Frederick Covington (Occupational Therapist) Has composed and put together this video to show the diversity of the profession around the world. Occupational Therapists can be found in many different settings working towards our underlying goal of enabling individual people. The I AM OT project has brought together