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  • Tummy Time

    06 December 2010 ( #Development )

    Tummy Time! There is an abundance of information on the importance of Tummy Time for babies and the developmental benefits it brings. Due to this wealth of information and the escalated health campaigns, mothers are becoming more aware of the need to...

  • Sensory Integration - part 1

    20 December 2010 ( #Sensory Integration )

    Some children are sensitive, I mean really sensitive. They won’t wear their socks because the material bothers them - it's too 'scratchy' (especially the seams at the toes). They can’t get comfortable and go to sleep because their sheets feel bumpy. They...

  • Sensory Integration - part 2

    19 January 2011 ( #Sensory Integration )

    Sensory Integration Disorder The link between the way the brain works and a person's behaviour is sensory integration. This occurs naturally in most people. After receiving sensory information about things through your five senses as well as from pain...

  • Aquatic Therapy

    03 February 2011 ( #Therapeutic Tools )

    Aquatic Therapy is used as a water based therapeutic tool for many conditions. Occupational Therapists are increasingly tuning into the benefits of treatment within the water. It is different to Hydrotherapy as Hydrotherapy uses water to maintain and...

  • Handwriting

    22 February 2011 ( #Handwriting )

    “The teacher is primarily responsible for handwriting instruction. The therapist’s role is to determine underlying postural, motor, sensory integrative, or perceptual deficits that might interfere with the development of legible handwriting” (Stephens...

  • Erb's Palsy

    23 March 2011 ( #Development )

    What is it? Erb’s Palsy (also known as Brachial Plexus Paralysis) is a condition which is mainly due to birth trauma. It is a paralysis of the arm that can affect 1 or all 5 of the primary nerves that supply the movement and feeling to an arm (specifically...

  • Therapeutic Listening: Listening With The Whole Body.

    30 April 2011 ( #Therapeutic Tools )

    What is it? This is a sound based programme that combines the therapeutic benefits of music with sophisticated sound technology. It produces specific effects on listening skills and listening difficulties, i.e., the ability to perceive, process and respond...

  • Hippotherapy

    24 June 2011 ( #Therapeutic Tools )

    The word hippotherapy is derived from the Greek hippos meaning horse. Hippotherapy is therefore treatment or therapy that is aided by a horse. Throughout history horses have been used in many ways to help improve our quality of life. They have been essential...

  • Crawling

    30 September 2011 ( #Development )

    Babies learn to move around and investigate their environment as part of their natural developmental process. They begin by rolling, shuffling, sitting and finding different positions to reach objects or to move towards an object. Natural curiosity and...

  • Dyspraxia

    03 December 2011 ( #Co-ordination )

    What is it? A child with dyspraxia can present with a wide spectrum of difficulties. The term is, however, used to describe co-ordination difficulties with evidence of significant perceptual problems in the majority of cases. Caution should be taken when...

  • The Sensitivity of Autism

    20 January 2012 ( #Sensory Integration )

    Autism It is difficult for anyone who is not on the spectrum to understand the daily barriers that affect a person with autism. These barriers are due to their perception and experience of the world which can be so extreme as to prevent them from leading...

  • ATNR

    09 June 2012 ( #Development )

    The Asymmetrical tonic neck reflex (ATNR) is a primitive reflex that is found in new born babies and normally remains until around 6 months. It emerges in utero at around 18 weeks after conception and is usually identified and seen within the first 3...

  • Spatial Awareness

    04 August 2012 ( #Co-ordination )

    What is it? Spatial awareness is the ability to be aware of oneself in space. It is an organised knowledge of objects in relation to oneself in that given space. Spatial awareness also involves understanding the relationship of these objects when there...

  • Mouth Activities

    04 August 2013 ( #Sensory Integration )

    We all use our mouths in different ways throughout the day. We may use them to comfort ourselves (sucking a sweet, sucking your thumb, biting nails or just touching your mouth when stressed); to regulate and organise ourselves or to help maintain attention...

  • Working Memory

    21 May 2011 ( #Cognitive )

    What is Working Memory? Our memory is the core of our learning and ability to function successfully within our environment. We need to remember what we hear, see, feel, smell and taste in order to process, analyse and form conclusions about our experiences....

  • Lauren

    05 December 2013

    Lauren is a brave 15 year old girl with Cerebral Palsy. In October she gave a speech at The American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. This was not an easy task for her, but she spoke clearly and bravely. Lauren's grandfather John...

  • ADHD

    01 August 2011

    What is it? Children are naturally active and impulsive. They need to move around their environment freely to explore and learn about the world around them. They often become over excited, over active or display impulsive behaviour frequently. This can...

  • I AM OT

    07 April 2015

    What is Occupational Therapy? Dr. Frederick Covington (Occupational Therapist) Has composed and put together this video to show the diversity of the profession around the world. Occupational Therapists can be found in many different settings working towards...

  • Superstar Arts

    26 May 2015

    Superstar Arts are committed to delivering high quality, meaningful, creative projects for young people and adults with learning disabilities. Their fundraising film is an appeal for help to keep the project running and to continue providing the quality...

  • Cerebral People

    03 December 2015

    The following film is part of a project run by the physiotherapy and occupational therapy departments at Hackney Ark. Their work is with teenagers who have neuro disabilities such as cerebral palsy. This film gave the teenagers an opportunity to bring...

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