There are many questions asked by parents and carers who think that their child is presenting with a condition such as Sensory Processing Disorder. This section of the website aims to give you a clearer insight into what occupational therapy is and how Future Steps Consultancy utilises it in order to provide children with worthwhile treatment. Please feel free to download our “Why is My Child Here?’ PDF leaflet, which includes our occupational therapy jargon buster: Why is My Child Here_ download (click and download should begin immediately).
Below see Julie Davis, managing director of Future Steps, as she highlights the improvements and positive effects that our Occupational Therapy treatments have had on the children of Skerne Park Academy, Darlington, to their parents.
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy is the use of practical and activity based treatment, in order to develop, maintain or recover the skills necessary for daily living, working with parents and carers to help children with difficulties such as Sensory Process Disorder.
What Is Sensory Processing Disorder?
Sensory Processing Disorder refers to a difficulty in processing sensory information. Please understand that we all have difficulty processing certain sensory stimuli (a certain touch, smell, taste, sound, movement etc.) and we all have sensory preferences. It only becomes a sensory processing disorder when we are on extreme ends of the continuum or experience “disruptive, unpredictable fluctuations which significantly impact our developmental skills or everyday functioning.
What Are a Child’s Motor and Sensory Systems?The Motor System is the part of the nervous system that is involved with movement. If a child has problems, of any kind, within this area, then it is likely that their movement will be affected.
The sensory System is the area of the nervous system which is concerned with processing sensory information, i.e. understanding what are seeing (vision), hearing (auditory), tasting (gustatory), balance/movement (vestibular) and touching (somatic sensation).
What Treatment does Future Steps Consultancy Offer?
Future Steps offers intensive packages during the school holidays, as well as evenings and weekends, which allows for sensory integration, gross and fine motor skills, handwriting and perception to all be developed. Post treatment, parents and carers receive programmes to be followed upon within the home environment.
Why Training for Parents and Carers?
Training is offered to ensure that parents and carers are able to support the child and their treatment effectively. Along with parent training Future Steps offers school and home programme training, in order to continue the support and development of the child, with telephone support alongside this.
In What Areas Can Occupational Therapy Help Children With Physical/Developmental Conditions, such as Sensory Processing Disorder?
Some areas are:
Bike Riding (balance)
PE (i.e. dancing and sports, such as football)