Private Occupational Therapists in Gloucestershire.
Private OT (Occupational Therapy) Treatment is offered by the Owl Centre's specialist therapists in Gloucestershire.
The Occupational Therapists at The Owl Centre in Gloucestershire combine expertise and experience with a friendly and sympathetic approach to the children and parents they see. They also have links with the NHS to ensure a seamless continuity for clients who have received NHS assessments or therapy.
Anthea Bailey BA (Hons) MSc Occupational Therapy, HCPC registered, Royal College of Occupational Therapy member, Sensory Integration Practitioner
Anthea is passionate about the privileged position of working with children and young people, enabling them to reach their maximum potential. Since graduating as an Occupational Therapist in 2007, she has specialised in working with children, young people and their families. She is committed to her clients and has been told that she ‘helps children to shine’. Anthea has worked as a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Occupational Therapist in a Tier 4 in-patient and day service, as well as a Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist in paediatrics and learning disability. She has been able to draw from relevant experience from work in a women’s refuge, where an essential part of her role was to support parents and children with emotional, behavioural and developmental difficulties, as well as her work in a residential school for children with complex needs and challenging behaviour.
Anthea takes an enthusiastic, forward thinking and professional approach to work. She has been commended consistently for her strong family-centred approach and for her ability to plan and implement interventions at a high standard and with efficiency, creativity and initiative. Her sensitive and empathic nature have also been commended. Anthea has been working with children with a wide range of diagnoses and difficulties, developing and delivering Occupational Therapy within clinic, school, and home settings, through a range of group and individual therapy. Anthea works with every child in a compassion-focused and playful way, celebrating each child’s unique strengths. She also incorporates breath work and meditative movement to enhance regulation and body awareness.
Anthea is a qualified Sensory Integration Therapist from the University of Ulster. Other post registration clinical qualifications include:
- Therapeutic Listening.
- Auditory and movement treatment strategies essential for fostering orienting and adaptability within the environment – especially related to auditory defensiveness.
- Developmental and neuro-physiological links between sensory integration and the primitive reflexes that provide the foundation for sensory modulation and integration.
- Level 4 Teaching diploma (Yoga Teacher) and ‘How to be a Brain Friendly Trainer’ accredited through The Institute of Training and Occupational Learning (ITOL). As a trainer, Anthea works creatively to craft engaging multi-sensory learning environments and activities to enable learners to acquire new skills.
Anthea is able to provide OT services across many parts of Gloucestershire.
Faith Newton - BA (Hons), MSc, MRCOT, HCPC Registered.
Full name: Faith Newton
Known as: Faith
Type of therapist: Occupational Therapist
Qualifications: BA (Hons), MSc, MRCOT, HCPC Registered.
Year of qualifying: 2012 – Sheffield Hallam University
- 6 years’ experience of paediatric occupational therapy
- Worked as an Independent School Based Occupational Therapist in Glasgow. Set up and ran therapy service for over 250 children in mainstream school and Autism Unit.
- Provided training to teachers, ran workshops for parents, and treated children in groups and individually.
- Worked in NHS for 4 years, assessing and treating children with developmental co-ordination disorder, autism, Cerebral Palsy, ADHD and learning disabilities.
- Used sensory integration, cognitive, coaching, neuro-developmental and developmental approaches to treat children at home, school, nursery and clinic.
- Experience of additional challenges families can face. Was a community worker supporting families experiencing difficulties with addictions, unemployment, parenting and poor mental health.
- Cross cultural experience from working with children in Afghanistan.
- Familiar with Montessori education.
- Approach – strengths based, partners with parents and child, tailors practical solutions to work for the individual’s circumstances. Passionate about helping children reach their full potential and advocating for families.
- Post qualification training – Sensory Integration Module 1 (University of Ulster), Coaching Training, Autism Awareness.
Likes folk dancing!.
How can Occupational Therapy help you?
Occupational therapy helps children to develop the underlying skills necessary for learning and performing specific tasks, but it also addresses social and behavioural skills, and can help with a child’s self-confidence.
Occupational therapists not only work directly with the child, but also (indirectly) with the family, parents, caregivers and teachers in order to educate and reinforce specific skills and behaviours which will be used to improve and facilitate the child’s performance and functioning.
Which difficulties can be helped by Occupational Therapy?
Children diagnosed with conditions such as Autism, Aspergers, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Learning Disabilities, Developmental and Co-ordination Disorder, Sensory Integration Disorder, Dyspraxia and specific learning difficulties benefit greatly from the combined approach of speech and language therapy and children's OT.
Addressing sensory processing skills prior to and / or during sessions can help your child with everyday living skills.
Occupational Therapy (OT) can also be taken without Speech and Language Therapy at the Owl Centre. It can help with:
- Poor fine-motor skills / control and organisation (grasping, cutting, shoe-tying, utensil use)
- Poor playground skills (fear of climbing, low muscle tone, core weakness)
- Visual Perceptual problems
- Poor handwriting skills
- Problems with eye-hand co-ordination
- Dependence with daily living skills (bathing, tooth-brushing, dressing, self-feeding)
- Poor sensory processing and sensory modulation (reaction to stimulus)
- Cognitive or thinking skills, such as problem solving
- Body awareness (proprioceptive sense)
- Co-ordination of movements between the two sides of the body (“crossing the midline”)
- Motor planning
- Motor movements and co-ordination
- Gross motor coordination
- Ocular motor skills
All of these issues could be a result of:
- Learning disability
- Physical disability
- Neurodevelopmental disorders
- Sensory and auditory processing disorders
- Motor co-ordination disorders
How can an OT help children with specific diagnoses?
An occupational therapist helps children with ADHD improve certain skills such as organization, physical co-ordination, and efficiency in everyday tasks.
An occupational therapist can help children with daily living skills, such as toilet training, dressing, brushing teeth, and other grooming skills. She can help develop fine motor skills required for holding objects while handwriting or cutting with scissors; and gross motor skills used for walking, climbing stairs, or riding a bike. Sitting, posture, or perceptual skills - such as telling the difference between colours, shapes and sizes – can all benefit from OT intervention. So, too, can visual skills, and a whole range of problem-solving, communication and social skills. By working on these skills during occupational therapy, a child with autism may be able to develop peer and adult relationships; learn how to focus on tasks; learn how to delay gratification; express feelings in more appropriate ways; engage in play with peers; and learn how to self-regulate.
An occupational therapist will watch your child in different settings to identify when he or she experiences problems. For example, your child may have difficulty dressing themselves; walking to the bus stop; using a knife and fork; riding a bike; or writing. Your child’s occupational therapist can then work out ways around the problem; for example, by breaking down the action into small steps and practising individual movements.
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; and providing appropriate oral motor stimulation to help prepare for better feeding and communication.
Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)
Is the result of neurological disorganization – when a child’s nervous system has difficulty with sensory integration. A child with sensory processing disorder has difficulty with processing and acting on information received through the senses, which creates challenges in function, such as delays or difficulties with motor development, social development, and behavioral and emotional responses. Whether a child is biting into a hamburger, riding a bicycle, engaging in play activities with peers or reading a book, her successful completion of the activity requires processing sensation or “sensory integration”. Occupational therapy can help children with SPD to make sense of the world more effectively and to act and react accordingly.
Profiles of the other Owl Centre therapists to follow soon.
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