What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy is a science degree-based, health and social care profession, regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council. Occupational therapists take a whole-person approach to both mental and physical health and wellbeing, enabling individuals to achieve their full potential.
Occupational therapists provide practical support to enable people to facilitate recovery and overcome any barriers that prevent them from doing the activities (occupations) that matter to them. This helps to increase people's independence and satisfaction in all aspects of life.
Occupational therapists work with adults and children of all ages with a wide range of conditions; most commonly those who have difficulties due to a mental health illness, physical or learning disabilities.
What is Sensory Integration?
Sensory integration (SI) is the neurological process that organises sensation from one's own body and the environment. For most people, sensory integration develops in the course of ordinary childhood activities.
What is Sensory Processing Disorder?
For some people, sensory integration does not develop as efficiently as it should. This is known as sensory processing disorder (SPD) or dysfunction in sensory integration (DSI). DSI and SPD are both ways to describe the difficulty some people's nervous systems have with taking in, integrating and making use of sensory information. This changes how the person then responds to changes in their own body, the environment and how they interact with it and others around them.
Who can provide Sensory Integration?
Individual sensory integration therapy can be provided by an Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist or Speech and Language Therapist with postgraduate training in sensory integration. Specific information about the qualifications can be found here http://www.sensoryintegration.org.uk/therapist-qualifications.
What does an assessment entail?
Prior to assessments we send out questionnaires to parents and school teachers which need to be completed and returned prior to the assessment date to allow us to plan the assessment specifically around the child. The assessment normally lasts 1.5 hours and is lots of fun! We include standardised and non-standardised assessments to ensure we obtain a fully objective view. We then score and interpret the result and supply a comprehensive report.
Where are the sessions held?
The sessions usually take place in our therapy centre located in-between Burgess Hill & Ansty in West Sussex. However, we can also conduct school and home visits if preferable, although an additional fee may be applicable.
Can parents watch the sessions?
Yes, parents are more than welcome to sit in on the sessions, however, we would suggest to limit the number of adults present to two and ask that any siblings are not present in order to ensure minimum distractions during the assessments or direct therapy.
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