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Book References and useful websites

Sensory processing disorder


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“The Out of Sync Child” by Carol Stock Kranowitz

This is a fantastic starter book when you are just getting to grips with sensory processing. It relates to young children mostly but is an excellent introduction. Written by a teacher who has input from OT it is insightful and brilliant and compares normal with dysfunctional sensory processing.





 


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“The Out of Sync Child has Fun” by Carol Stock Kranowitz

This is a follow up book from the one above with loads of excellent ideas for home therapy ideas, it gives good descriptions of each of the sensory systems and checklists for parents. A really useful book. A therapy bible.





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“Sensory Integration and the Child” by A.Jean Ayre

This was written by the founder of the Theory of Sensory Integration and is invaluable to understand the basis of this amazing understanding of children with sensory processing problems. It is quite scientific so not for laymen but for therapists needing to understand more it is fantastic. wholly recommended.





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“Too loud, too bright, too fast, too tight- what to do if you are sensory defensive in an overstimulating world” by Sharon Heller

This book is fascinating when looking at the perspective of adults with sensory processing problems. They are able to describe how hard it is to function in daily life and how inhibiting it is when sensory problems persist and interfere.





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“The Sensory Sensitive Child” by Karen Smith & Karen Gouze

Wonderful and moving story related to a true story. Enlightening is one of the words to sum it up.





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“Understanding Sensory Dysfunction” by Polly Godwin Emmons & Liz McKendry Anderson

A small A5 book easy to read with lots of useful checklists and definitions. Brilliant as an introduction to sensory processing.





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“Living Sensationally” by Winnie Dunn

Written by the brilliant Winnie Dunn who designed the Sensory profile often used by therapists to identify problems. She relates how we all live sensationally and has various types of descriptors for different types of sensory processing such as seekers, avoiders and so on. very good to help understand from layman’s perspective.





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“Sensational Kids” by Dr Lucy Miller

One of the best books read yet about the subject with up to date terminology and diagnostic criteria. Extremely useful and lots of references for OTs and parents to use endlessly. A must buy in my opinion.




Dyspraxia


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“Developmental Co-ordination Disorder” by Morven F Ball

Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD) is a term used to describe children who have difficulty with movement and specific aspects of learning, and includes dyspraxia, Asperger Syndrome and associated conditions. This booklet seeks to answer commonly-asked questions about DCD and presents information to aid parents, carers and professionals in selecting the best options for their child; sometimes correcting the little things can lead to big results.





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“Dyspraxia: Developmental Co-ordination Disorder” by Dr Amanda Kirby

An excellent very readable book to start you off on your journey to understanding the condition.





 


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“Living with Dyspraxia: A Guide for Adults with Developmental Dyspraxia” by Biggs, Colley

An excellent guide for adults and lots of useful information about rights in education and employment.





 

 

Autistic Spectrum Disorder /Asperger’s Syndrome.


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“Asperger Syndrome and Sensory Issues: Practical Solutions for Making Sense of the World” by Smith Myles, Cook, Miller

This is a wonderful introduction to sensory issues with Asperger’s Syndrome. It has many useful ideas and practical solution with examples in the back of the book, brilliant for home and classroom management and understanding the source or trigger of problem.





 


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“Asperger Syndrome and Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions for Tantrums, Rage and Meltdowns” by Smith Myles, Southwick

This book is a must for any parent or teacher of a child, adult with Asperger’s or ADHD as many of the strategies for both are similar. It gives practical solutions and encourages the adults to be aware of their own behaviours and how this can exacerbate emotional blowouts. It talks about rumbling behaviours and knowing what to look out for. In my opinion this is one of the best out there for anger management strategies.





 

 


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“Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration: Therapy for Children with Autism and Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders ” by Aquilla, Sutton and Yack

This is a brilliant book with loads of photocopiable sheets, checklists, therapy ideas and masses of information to help understand autism and how it affects individuals and why sensory behaviours occur.An excellent resource for schools and therapists.





 


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“Martian in the Playground: Understanding the Schoolchild with Asperger’s Syndrome ” by Clare Sainsbury

This is an eexcellent book written by people with Asperger’s with anecdotal evidence about how it feels to have the syndrome when at school and growing up. A real eye opener, very moving to read.





 

ADHD and other neuro diverse conditions.

 


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“The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children ” by Ross Greene

A wonderful introduction to the types of behaviour children with inflexible conditions such as ADHD and other neuro diverse conditions. Very useful to understand how to manage their behaviours and how it differs to typical parenting skills.





 

 


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“Kids in the Syndrome Mix of ADHD, LD, Asperger’s, Tourette’s, Bipolar, and More!: The One Stop Guide for Parents, Teachers, and Other Professionals ” by by Martin L. Kutscher; Tony Attwood; Robert R. Wolff

This is a brilliant book giving examples of some all the neurodiverse conditions. It looks at more subtle symptoms that are not often appreciated by professionals especially relating to conditions like ADHD. A very good resource book. One of my favourites





 


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“How to Detect Developmental Delay and What to Do Next: Practical Interventions for Home and School” by Mary Mountstephen

An excellent book which looks at primitive reflexes and their effects on learning and the special education system. Lots of useful information in very readable language. Mary is a wonderful colleague whose work is invaluable.





 

Costs & Prices

Services and Costs. 

  • Full Assessment and report – £350
  • Legal /tribunal  reports £450-£600 (hourly rate applied @£75 per hour)
  • School visit £75 per hour plus travel
  • Group sessions £15 /£20 per hour
  • Training  – £150 per hour, £250 /2hr session/ £350 /3hr session.
  • Hourly therapy £60 (negotiable if child is very young)
  • Block bookings £45 per hour for 4-6 sessions booked in advance
  • mini assessment 1 1/2 hours observations and feedback (no report) £120

 

Training courses from Therapy Space

Courses can be booked at any time to suit your needs whether for a school inservice day, evening meeting or support group. I have run many courses for Social Services (fostering and adoption services), Bristol Autism Project and many in educational settings. Fees are charged by the hour.

Rates

1 hour costs £125

2 hours cost £250

3 hours cost £350

Courses offered:

  1. An introduction to Sensory Processing Disorder  (1 hour, 2 hours or more practical 3hour sessions dependent on what you need.)
  2. Sensory processing and attachment difficulties.
  3. Introduction to different conditions such as DCD, Dyspraxia, ADHD, ASperger’s ASD and more.
  4. Developing and Supporting Handwriting  : this will present why handwriting is a problem, what techniques help develop skills from a physical perspective, fine motor perspective and use of different programs, such as Handwriting without tears, Speed up program etc.

 

 

Reactive Attachment Disorder

Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) arises from a failure to form normal attachments to primary caregivers in early childhood. Such a failure could result from severe early experiences of neglect, abuse, abrupt separation from caregivers between the ages of six months and three years, frequent change of caregivers, or a lack of caregiver responsiveness to a child’s communicative efforts.

Not all, or even a majority of such experiences, result in this disorder.

Attachment disorders can be treated using an innovative new type of working with children and their carers called Sensory Attachment Intervention “SAI”. I have had specialist training with the founder of this whole practice called Eadiaone Breathnach who is truly inspiring and has given me a different way of approaching difficulties.

I am able to offer Sensory attachment intervention for children and parents and the usual course would be anything from 6 weeks to 12 weeks. Working with the child from a sensory perspective is fascinating and can help address many difficult behaviours through sensory strategies applied at home.

Please call for more information if you are a parent, adoptive parent, foster parent and require support in this matter.

 

Read about more diagnosed conditons

Adults

Adults struggle with the same issues as children but what I have found amazing working with adults is that you can articulate your problems so well and I am able to help you understand your behaviours and difficulties by putting a sensory slant on understanding.

Often parents of children with difficulties may have similar issues to their children but due to the way things were dealt with in the past your own issues were never assessed or treated.

Please do not give up hope I am able to assess and treat you as an adult in your own right.

Assessment and treatment can be similar using a sensory motor/integration approach.

If you have suffered with trauma as a child through abuse then there will be much that can be done through treatment to help you resolve feelings (both physical and psychological.) I hope to be able to help. Please call for a free consultation on the phone. 07814 633926.

see post on sensory attachment intervention.

 

Services available, assessments, reports, home / school visits

Any person may refer to Therapy Space. Following a referral to Therapy Space I am able to provide a full, detailed assessment followed up with a report.  As an OT I am able to identify and provide potential diagnoses of Dyspraxia, DCD  and Sensory Processing Disorder.  It is recommended that this is backed up by another member of a medical team. I am also able to pick up on many of the other conditions listed(home page) and can steer you in the right direction for getting support. Understanding your child’s problems helps parents move forward in gaining support for their child who is often struggling in mainstream school.

Full Assessment.(3hours). Parents and school staff are asked to complete a number of questionnaires prior to visit. Assessment will look at and consists of clinical observations, handwriting, fine and gross motor skills, sensory processing assessment. The child usually enjoys the session as there is fun equipment available to use alongside a structured task orientated session. Observation is key to understanding behaviour. During assessment I often pick up on behavioural problems and ask parents to complete questionnaires prior to visits to enable less questioning during session. Liaison with school is helpful and schools are asked to complete questionnaires prior to assessment. I also find it useful to read copies of other professionals reports prior to visit especially Educational Psychologists, OT etc.

Mini observational assessment. (1.5 hours) Parents will be asked to complete questionnaires and an informal assessment will consist of clinical observations and play in sensory integration environment. Verbal feedback is given so parents are asked to bring a pad and paper to make notes. This is often a quick and useful way to get a quick basic breakdown of strengths and difficulties but I do recommend full assessments as can cover everything in much more detail.

Reports. A report is completed ideally within a 2-4 week period and sent directly to referrer which is often the parent. Parents are then free to distribute to who they would like. Sharing information is essential if attending other health professional clinics. E.g. If any child is being seen by NHS OT services the staff should be aware of each other’s involvement and this is primarily the reponsibilty of parent to share. N.B. I am able to offer legal reports required for tribunals and have qualifications to do this.

Sessions available.

1:1 :I will see children following a basic or full assessment for individual direct OT sessions and this can be done weekly or monthly dependent on the child’s needs. It is a valuable way to update programs and parents to feel involved in helping the child. Working on “ How does your engine run- The Alert Program” is excellent in this format and I would recommend at least 6-8 weeks to cover it successfully.I am also able to work on handwriting programs such as “Handwriting without Tears.”

Groups: Children are seen in groups of 4 in approximate age bands (and ability levels). Sessions are held on Saturdays and times vary dependent on needs of families. Groups start working together on similar skills e.g hand eye coordination, eye tracking,  and then break off into action stations where the child works with the parents on different skills such as balance, gross motor control, spatial awareness, bilateral integration and postural stability. This enables parents to learn with the child and I endeavour to intervene to get the best quality actions from each child with ideas to take home to work on over the week. Practise makes perfect and ideally daily practise for at least 15 minutes makes a big difference. Parents often worry about handwriting and although we do not specifically work on writing sessions will improve handwriting as the child’s whole body awareness and spatial abilities is better.

Home/School visits. It is often vital to see a child in both home and school environment. This is important from an observational perspective to look at concentration levels, sensory behaviours and ability to socialise. Children with severe autism dislike transitions and change so need to stay in their safe place while observation and interview of parents is the best form of assessment.

 

Tribunals

When children are struggling at school and it is very hard to persuade schools to put the child forward for an assessemnt of Special Educational Needs (by which they will hopefully be then provided with special support at school), they will often seek independent assessments which are often very helpful in identifying difficulties of the child. Parents can use these reports as part of their own parental evidence towards statementing.

Sometimes these reports provide enough evidence that schools will act on the information and provide extra support to the child before a statement of SEN is received. However when not successful in supporting the child parents often seek to be represented by solicitors to assist with their fight to support their child at school.

I am often asked to provide reports for Statement tribunals and am able to do this. Fees for this type of report are slightly more as there is more work involved. Please call if you would like to talk this through. I also have names of solicitors who are helpful in this matter.

Handwriting

Handwriting at Therapy Space

Handwriting is often a major concern when parents want to come for an assessment and often between the ages of 7-10 this becomes more pertinent as workloads increase at school. There are usually problems with handwriting from a young age but parents and school staff hope the child will progress earlier. I assure you it is much better to get it checked out earlier as more effective changes are possible with a younger child. 4-5 is a great age to start.

I use a number of programs but the one I like best for children with significant difficulties forming letters and knowing which way to start writing is the Handwriting Without  Tears program written by Jan Olsen, a Canadian OT ,who was inspiring when I attended her course many years ago in 2004.

HWT uses  a sensory motor approach to letter formation and starts by teaching the child how to make letters out of wooden shapes, 4 basic shapes are all that is needed for making the alphabet in capitals. A big line, a little line, a big curve and a little curve.

They start by making the alphabet then they start to make the shapes using the WET,DRY,TRY method which encouraged fantastic tripod grasp through the use of small pieces of chalk and sponges and tissues. The child uses a chalkboard and copies the adults letters first then practises on their own. They always copy a good model so rarely make mistakes. It is very effective but best when younger as they establish bad patterns as they grow older.

Once children have mastered the capitals they move on to lower case quite quickly. If children keep making mistakes with things like reversals and remembering rules and sequences they may well need an assessment for dyslexia as this can show up early in a child too, even though many schools say you cannot test until 8!!! This is not true. It can be identified by age of 5-6 I would say.

I include aspects of HWT in my sessions and can run an individualised program for children if they want to work specifically on this.

Much of the handwriting work needs to be backed up by shoulder stability and core stability work as this is often an issue. Many children improve writing without practising writing but by doing a physical program which enables them to understand spatial awareness of themselves in relation to things around them e,g , playing skittles, jumping in and out of hoops, push ups etc. My treatment makes the best of both so a session would entail both physical and handwriting intervention strategies.

Attention levels are often low too so children need lots of breaks. Their negative emotions can also inhibit progress if pushed too much to just do handwriting so I work on getting the child regulated and happy before attempting too much.

Another program I use aspects of is the Speed Up Program is by Lois Addy OT . This offers some great warm up exercises and can be effective for children whose main concern is to be able to write more fluently and smoothly. I love the two handed activities and often get kids to do this against a door using chalk.

Groups

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Treatments and Programs

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