Private OT (Occupational Therapy) Treatment in Somerset by our fully qualified Occupational Therapists
We provide Occupational Therapy services in Somerset for children with a wide range of needs.
Children diagnosed with conditions such as autism, aspergers, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities, Developmental and Co-ordination Disorder (i.e. dyspraxia, Sensory Integration Disorder), and specific learning difficulties benefit greatly from the combined approach of speech and language therapy and children's OT (occupational therapy).
Addressing sensory processing skills prior to and / or during feeding and communication sessions can help by:
- Increasing attention and the ability to maintain focus in an appropriate seated position.
- Improving body awareness and motor planning (which includes the muscles of the face and mouth) for increased ability to imitate actions, sequences, and sounds.
- Improving the ability to tolerate a variety of touches, textures, tastes and smells to help learning.
- Increasing or decreasing arousal levels to put a child in a more optimal state for learning.
- Providing movements (vestibular and proprioceptive input) to increase sound production.
- Providing vestibular, proprioceptive and tactile sensory input to enhance muscle tone and strength across the entire body.
- Providing appropriate oral motor stimulation to help prepare for better feeding and communication.
What is sensory processing?
Our senses shape our experience of the world: understand your sensory needs and you unlock the key to what makes us, us! Before we are even born, we are using our senses to experience the world: in the womb, we can hear sounds, in particular our mother's voice, her heartbeat, we respond to light, we are constantly moving in our little spirit-level-like sac. When we are born, our sense of smell, taste, touch, temperature all come into play. Our senses are the mechanisms that drive our prime instinct to find milk, to feel warmth, to connect with those that care for us. We use them to learn about the world: they shape our experiences, how we make meaning, our relationships and our behaviour and emotions. As adults, we use our senses all the time to make sense of the world and are constantly, consciously and sub-consciously, changing and modulating our sensory experiences depending on the context. Anyone who has paced the floor with an infant knows intuitively, but perhaps not in words, that until they are about 1 year old, babies need their senses modulated for them externally, until they have learned how to self-soothe. There are other ways we can help our children develop in tune with their sensory needs, and much of it we also do instinctively, such as rough and tumble play, messy activities, quiet time with gentle music, soothing bath, calming massage. By understanding our children's sensory personality and their associated needs, whether they are sensory seeking, averse, defensive, or have low registration, we can help our children grow to become more in tune with themselves and get the sensory inputs they need to engage fully in their daily lives.
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