Private Occupational Therapists in Cambridgeshire.
Private OT (Occupational Therapy) Treatment is offered by the Owl Centre's specialist therapists in Cambridgeshire.
The Occupational Therapists at The Owl Centre in Cambridgeshire 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.
Alexa Sugar-Derichs BSh., (OT), British Association of Occupational Therapists, HCPC registered
Alexa is a Paediatrics Occupational Therapist who trained and initially worked in Germany before doing her Bachelor of Health in OT in the Netherlands. She has a decade of experience in various settings, delivering service within clinic, school, and home settings, through ‘one on one’ as well as group sessions. She did a number of further training courses such as the advanced training in Sensory Integration in Germany.
When developing her resourceful treatment plans and making recommendations to the clients and their families, Alexa believes it is imperative to respect the thoughts and wishes of her clients and families. She has been working with children with a wide range of diagnosis and difficulties in Germany as well as in England. She has a special interest in the role that Sensory Integration plays in the development of children, and her holistic view of body and mind underpins her work.
Alexa’s interest in play-based and relationship-based interventions, parents’ critical role in the therapy process, and the respect of the child’s unique strengths and individual differences led her to undertake an advanced training in the DIR-Floortime model, where she did the Basic Certificate in 2018 and is eager to do the next level, the DIRFloortime® Certificate of Proficiency.
Alexa is happy to deliver sessions in English, German or Spanish.
Alexa is available for in-house sessions in Cambridge, and for outreach visits to nurseries, schools and families’ homes to the following areas (amongst others):
- Bury St. Edmunds
- St Ives
- St Neots
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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