We are an independent paediatric occupational therapy practice based in Kent, near Maidstone.

We provide assessment & interventions for children aged from birth to 16 years.

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Services & support

As soon as possible after receiving a referral, a therapist from KentOT4kids will make contact with the referrer, to ascertain the exact nature of your needs and what we can offer you.

We offer the following services:

 

Assessments

We offer assessment of your child in either your home or an educational environment

As part of this, we tailor our assessment to the needs of your child. The assessment can include the use of some or all of the following –

  • Clinical observations
  • Standardised assessment tools
  • Corroborating information
  • A detailed developmental and/or sensory history

During the assessment we will consider the impact of motor skills (including handwriting), sensory processing difficulties and visual/perceptual difficulties on a child’s engagement in activities of everyday life, including play, leisure and engagement in learning opportunities (education).

Depending on the assessment package you choose, following an assessment, a detailed report or assessment can be provided.

 

Therapy

We provide a range of different therapy and support packages that are tailored around the needs of your child. These include –

  • One to one individual treatment sessions – these can be an intense block of treatment or spread over a longer period
  • A home programme tailored to your child’s specific needs
  • Implementation of education based intervention strategies or treatment sessions
  • Individual therapy sessions or home programmes, during school holidays, to supplement therapy provision through school based therapy services

Specific therapy programmes & interventions include –

  • sensory and motor based interventions
  • intervention to support regulation and self-regulation
  • sensory integration therapy
  • environmental adaptations to support implementation of interventions
  • Therapeutic Listening Programme (see what this is)
  • Wilbarger Therapressure Protocol (see what this is)
  • SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Fussy Eaters (see what this is)

All treatment packages are supplemented with clear goal setting, so that we can both ensure that the impact of the therapy & support is monitored.

 

Reports

We can provide reports on your child’s needs and the therapy & support package that we have agreed to put in place.

 

Training

We also provide education based training sessions for parents, teaching staff or combined.

We also offer training and supervision opportunities for interdisciplinary colleagues.

We welcome opportunities to work with other professionals (within the independent or NHS sectors) within the assessment or intervention process, to provide a collaborative approach, best suited to the child and family.

 

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About us

Background

Andrea qualified as an Occupational Therapist in South Africa, in 1991.

She started her career off in Acute Adult and Child & Family Mental Health, before embarking on a purely paediatric career from 1993.

Since then, she has worked in both the NHS and independently, with over 15 years experience in the NHS.

She is currently working part-time in a specialist paediatric NHS provision, whilst additionally pursuing specific independent work, under KentOT4Kids.

Training & qualifications

Andrea is fully trained in the Bobath Technique (see what this is) and has completed training in Sensory Integration (see what this is).

She has additionally completed a Masters in Early Intervention and has further qualifications in the use of additional therapeutic tools, such as –

Andrea has supplementary training in 24 hour complex postural care, including the provision of specialist equipment in the home and educational environment.

She attends regular courses, interest groups and peer supervision, to update her current knowledge and skill base.

Helping others learn

Andrea has been involved in providing training to schools and Early Years Settings, focusing on strategies to manage sensory processing difficulties and motor skill development within the educational settings.

Skills

Through her numerous work opportunities, Andrea has developed skills in engaging families in the assessment and treatment process, delivering wide-ranging assessment and treatment packages according to the child’s specific need, and working with a diverse and complex caseload.

As a Paediatric OT, Andrea works with children who have diverse and complex needs, such as –

  • learning and physical disabilities – including severe and complex physical difficulties
  • co-ordination difficulties – including Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – including Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Other information

Andrea is:

Andrea has co-authored 2 articles on:

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Contact us

Use the form below to get in touch with us to discuss your needs.

Fill out your details and outline your query and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

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View our work in action

Below are some photos of our work in action:

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[Please note: the parents of the children in these photos have given us their permission to use their photo]

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