OT4kids in Distress
- OT4kids in Distress is based in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. We provide Occupational Therapy services for children with sensory processing difficulties, anxiety, concentration difficulties and emotional regulation problems by providing sensory support, calming techniques and thinking strategies.
- We help parents in breaking point to manage their children's aforementioned areas of needs to maximize their children's potentials and improve their quality of life so they can enjoy family life all over again
- We offer step by step guide to parents and children using individualised OT program to cater individual needs of the child.
- We give Occupational Therapy services to children with gross motor skills difficulties, fine motor skills problems, coordination struggles, weak posture, reduced core strength and poor self-care skills be as independent as possible in all areas of their lives
- We provide simple, easy to use resources, visual aids, sensory tools and thinking strategies to help in self-regulation and self-management
- We offer assessment, intervention, goal setting and treatment planning for school age children ages 5-18 who have or may have Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyper-activity Disorder, Sensory Processing Difficulties, Dyspraxia/ Developmental Coordination Disorder, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Intellectual Disability, Neurological conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Spina Bifida and Developmental Delays. We also look at visual perceptual skills, executive functioning skills and difficulties with transitioning.
- Occupational Therapy assessment consist of standardized assessment, parental interview and clinical observation. Occupational Therapy Report will be issued in 2-3 weeks.
- Occupational Therapy program is essential to support a child's home and school struggles and difficulties
- Occupational Therapy Report is required to support application for assistive technology in school.
- Occupational Therapy Report is needed to support application for Reader and Scribe for Junior and Leaving Certificate applications.
- Disability Access Route to Education (DARE)requires Occupational Therapy Report to support application for some disabilities.
- School visits/ Teachers/ Parents training available upon request
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Occupational Therapy? Occupational Therapy helps children develop the skills they need to grow into functional independent adults
- How does Occupational Therapy helps my child? We design individualized OT program catered to your child's specific needs
- Why do I need OT for my child? You as a parent is doing well. However, due to your busy schedule it is very easy to miss out on your child's Sensory Processing Difficulties, Anxiety, Concentration difficulties and Emotional Regulation needs. We are here to provide practical and effective strategies to help maximize your child's potentials.
- What is Self-Regulation? Self-Regulation can go by many names such as "self control", "self management", "anger control", and "impulse control". Self-regulation is the ability to do what needs to be done to be in the optimal state for the given situation.
- What is Sensory Processing Difficulties? Refers to a person having difficulties with receiving sensory information, processing it, and/or responding to it. Sensory input includes the following types of information: visual (sight), auditory (hearing), tactile (touch), olfactory (smell), gustatory (taste), vestibular (movement sense) and proprioception (joint and muscle sense)
- What is Executive Functioning? This is the general term that describes the cognitive process involved in the conscious control of thoughts and actions. This can be compared to a command or control centre in our brains that oversees actions and mental operations
- What is Emotional Regulation? This is the ability to control emotions. Emotional Regulation can be designed as a process that are responsible for controlling your emotional reaction. This includes monitoring, evaluating and modifying your emotional response.
- All three neurological components (sensory processing, executive functioning and emotional regulation) depend on one another. If one of these components does not function adequately, the person's ability to self-regulate will be diminished.
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Why Choose Us?
- CORU Registered Occupational Therapist
- AOTI Registered Occupational Therapist
- Over 10 years of experience
- Specalises on school age children with sensory processing difficulties, anxiety, concentration difficulties and emotional regulation problems.
- Expertise on Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyper-activity Disorder, Sensory Processing Difficulties, Dyspraxia/ Developmental Coordination Disorder, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Intellectual Disability, Neurological conditions such as Cerebral palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Spina Bifida and Developmental Delays.
- Professional competence on gross motor skills, fine motor skills, self-care and executive functioning skills
- Opens on Saturdays
- Holistic Approach- Looking at a child as a person with unique personality, character and traits.
- Reasonably priced
- Devoted and committed
- Here to Help
- Dwight really made a huge difference in the over-all development of our son, Michael. We are all trained to think in school but we are not trained to be aware. This makes a huge difference in our family's quality of life. Marie B, parent, Kildare.
- Dwight is very experienced and knowledgeable in his area of expertise. He was able to help me and my husband, John better understand the problems and conditions of our daughter, Sinead and what assessment and intervention is the best next step. Aoife C, parent, Navan.
- We are very worried with our son, Brendan, who suffers from severe anxiety and doesn't want to come out of our house. Dwight has provided us with OT programs to gently push Brendan out of his comfort zone and engage in the outside world. Dwight has given us certainty and clarity that there is light at the end of this dark tunnel. Aine B, parent, Sligo.