Private Occupational Therapists in Buckinghamshire.
Private OT (Occupational Therapy) Treatment is offered by the Owl Centre's specialist therapists in Buckinghamshire.
The Occupational Therapists at The Owl Centre in Buckinghamshire 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.
Jessamy Chanel, BSc (Hons) (Oxford Brookes University)
Jessamy has experience in working with children and young people with sensory processing and motor disorders across primary and secondary schools, at home and on a number of residential activity holidays.
Jessamy has direct experience of working within a special school which applied a Transdiciplinary approach within a Conductive Educational framework, and therefore understands how the complexity of a child's sensory, physical, communicative, social and medical needs impact on their access to learning. Jessamy understands how to provide therapy programmes which offer a range of functional and challenging tasks and activities to maximise a child's learning opportunities, promote independence and increase their confidence.
A special area of interest within Jessamy's current independent practice is in the use of Yoga for Sensory Processing Disorder, and as a daily sensory behavioural strategy as part of a sensory diet. Jessamy is currently incorporating Yoga poses and breathing exercises into physical programmes for children with motor and developmental disorders to provide essential sensory experiences, develop motor skills, encourage positive self-image and confidence, and to provide a coping strategy for anxiety and sleep problems. Jessamy has a Foundation level training in Sensory Processing Yoga (Mel Cambell, Occupational Therapist, Dip COT, PG Dip SI, Yoga Teacher, Course Tutor) and regularly practises Hatha and Vinyasa Flow both at a local Yoga centre and at home with her young children.
Jessamy is delighted to be a new member of The Owl Centre Team, and is available for in-house sessions in Oxford and outreach sessions in parts of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
Georgia Spooner, BSc (Hons) Coventry University
Georgia has recently qualified from Coventry University. She is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and is a registered member of the Health Care and Professions Council. Georgia is passionate about making a significant difference to children and young people, helping them to lead happy, healthy and fulfilled lives.
Georgia has experience working with preschool and school-aged children/young people, with a range of complex physical and learning difficulties, and is currently volunteering at a special needs school with their therapy team.
Georgia has experience carrying out formal and informal assessments and recognises the importance of having an open-minded approach to therapy, incorporating the child and their family in decision-making.
Georgia is excited to be a new member of The Owl Centre team and is available to provide home visits in the following areas, amongst others:
- Aston Clinton
- Leighton Buzzard
- Milton Keynes
- Newport Pagnell
- Stony Stratford
Dimitra Charalambous BSc (OT), MRCOT, PG Cert (SI)
Dimitra has been an Occupational Therapist for over 19 years, having trained and worked in South Africa for the first 3 years of her career. She has worked with children for the past 14 years, both in Cyprus and in the UK. She worked in her own private practice for 10 years and has been the lead Occupational therapist in an Ofsted Outstanding School in London and in a Specialist Mainstream school in Berkhamsted. She has worked with children who have a wide variety of difficulties such as ASD, Sensory Processing difficulties, Dyspraxia, Cerebral Palsy and genetic disorders such as William’s Syndrome, Down’s Syndrome and Angelman’s Syndrome. She has a Post Graduate Certificate in Sensory Integration, which she gained from the University of Ulster.
Dimitra prides herself on being a creative problem solver and making each therapy session client-centred, focused, specific and above all fun! In addition to working as a school-based OT, Dimitra also has a role as part of a multi-disciplinary Assessment team in a private Psychology practice, where she contributes to ASD assessments alongside Clinical and Educational Psychologists. She has a wide repertoire of approaches such as the Alert Programme, the Zones of Regulation programme, Sensory Integration Therapy and the CO-OP approach. She is currently working on gaining her qualification in Astronaut Training.
Dimitra is able to provide outreach assessments and therapy in a number of areas including:
- Leighton Buzzard
- Milton Keynes
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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