Occupational Therapy at Longdon Hall School is provided by the OFG Clinical Team &
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy takes a “whole-person approach” to both mental and physical health and wellbeing and enables individuals to achieve their full potential.
The goal of Occupational Therapy is to support young people’s movement skills, sensory processing abilities and to help them to function effectively in different environments. At Longdon Hall School, the Occupational Therapy Team will support students with;
- Sensory Integration
- Individual sessions and classroom sensory diets in order to support the young people’s sensory needs to help them achieve their optimum state to attend and access the classroom environment.
- Dyspraxia / Developmental Delay / Developmental Co-ordination Disorder
- Support for children’s gross and fine motor movements as well as advice within the classroom such as furniture requirements and classroom interventions.
- Visual Motor Integration / Visual Perception
- Support to interpret visual information and respond with a motor action. Visual motor skills are related to academic performance and hand-eye co-ordination skills.
- Handwriting Skills
- Development of all skills leading to functional handwriting including fine and gross motor development, strategies and appropriate equipment. Where functional handwriting cannot be established recommendations to specialist equipment can be made.
All Speakeasy therapists have substantial experience across a broad spectrum with Speakeasy Therapy having a number of long-term contracts with both local authority and independent schools working with children with high anxiety, autism spectrum condition and emotional, social and behaviour difficulties.
The Speakeasy Therapy Occupational Therapy team all hold additional qualifications in Sensory Integration ranging from Module 1 upwards, as well as formalised training for all aspects of intervention such as fine and gross motor development and handwriting development. The Occupational Therapy team is led by a Highly Specialist OT who has additional training in Sensory Integration and Attachment Sensory Integration Awareness.
All therapists are registered with the health professions council, the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy and the Royal College of Occupational Therapy. Speakeasy Therapy is also registered with the independent SALT and OT services. All therapists receive a Disclosed Barring Check which is updated every 3 years unless on the enhanced central system where regular checks can be obtained as required.