Occupational therapists work with children and young people to identify barriers to participating in every day activities. These can include school work, playing and personal care tasks such as dressing and eating.

Children who struggle to participate in daily activities can often disengage and it can affect their emotional wellbeing.

Occupational therapists are experts in activity. We are able to identify and analyse the skills needed to complete activities, whilst also taking into account the environment and the skills and abilities of the individual child.

Occupational therapists understand that participation in activities is beneficial to our overall health and well-being, and therefore we work with your child to overcome those barriers.


At FreshStart Kids Therapy, our occupational therapists work with a range of difficulties including:

  • Sensory integration difficulties
  • Sensory sensitivity
  • Coordination
  • Balance
  • "Clumsiness"
  • Handwriting
  • Vision perception difficulties
  • Repetitive or restricted play
  • Negotiating play equipment at the park
  • Struggling to ride a bike
  • Behaviour difficulties
  • Fine motor difficulties

We work with children of all abilities and those with a range of conditions including but not limited to:

  • Autism Spectrum Condition
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder (Dyspraxia)
  • Behavioural difficulties

The OT picked up on a variety of behaviours that even I, as his mum, had missed.

Lucy Donald
parent of a 6 year old child

Why use an independent occupational therapist?

Every day counts for your child as they are growing and developing. Using an independent occupational therapist means that your child doesn't have to sit on a long waiting list. They will get a comprehensive assessment, report and therapy interventions in a timely manner.

Schools who commission private occupational therapy like to have the consistency of a regular occupational therapist and to direct the priorities within their school. 


How we can help

As independent occupational therapists, we offer a comprehensive range of assessment and therapies for your child.

  • Assessment - an assessment is gathering information, from people who know your child and through clinical assessment by the occupational therapist
  • Treatment - therapy interventions to help your child progress
  • Review - looking at the effectiveness of the interventions provided and making any adjustments required

We use a range of assessment tools to identify your child's difficulties. We explore your child's goals and needs at home and school to identify appropriate goals and treatment plans.

We can provide your child with direct therapy, or we can provide you with a programme of activities for you to complete at home with your child.

At the end of any therapy intervention we can review the goals with you and your child and make further recommendations if needed.

Learn about our assessments and therapy services

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