Conditions Treated

Babies and children with a range of conditions, including the following, are treated and supported:

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) including Asperger's Syndrome

Autism is not a single disorder, but a spectrum of closely-related disorders with a shared core of symptoms. Every individual on the autism spectrum has problems to some degree with social skills, empathy, communication, and flexible behaviour.

Asperger's Syndrome is a form of autism, which affects how a person makes sense of the world, processes information and relates to other people. Children with the condition have difficulties in three main areas that of social communication, social interaction and social imagination.

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a condition that affects muscle control and movement. It is usually caused by an injury to the brain before, during or after birth. Children with cerebral palsy have difficulties in controlling muscles and movements as they grow and develop

Developmental Delay/ Learning Difficulties

All children develop at different rates. Some children have delays in development but remain within normal limits for child development. Developmental delay is any significant lag in a child's physical, cognitive, behavioural, emotional, or social development, in comparison with their peer group.

Children with genetic conditions/syndromes

Some children are diagnosed at birth or soon after with a genetic condition/syndrome. They can often be helped to mitigate the effects.

Developmental Co-ordination Disorder / Dyspraxia

Developmental Co-ordination Disorder l dyspraxia is an impairment or immaturity of the organisation of movement. It is an immaturity in the way that the brain processes information, which results in messages not being properly or fully transmitted. The term dyspraxia comes from the word praxis, which means doing. Dyspraxia affects the planning of what to do and how to do it. It is associated with problems of perception, organisation, language and thought.

DCD can also overlap with other conditions such as dyslexia, attention deficit disorders and social communication disorders such as autism and Asperger's Syndrome.

Sensory Processing Disorder

Sensory integration (SI) is the neurological process that organises sensation from one's own body and the environment. For most people, sensory integration develops in the course of ordinary childhood activities.

For some people, sensory integration does not develop as efficiently as it should. This is known as sensory processing disorder (SPD) It encompasses the difficulty some people's nervous systems have with taking in, integrating and making use of sensory information. This changes how a person responds to changes in their own body, the environment and how they interact with it and others around them.

Whether or not children have received a formal diagnosis, therapists treat those who have some/any of the following difficulties with:

  • Fine motor skills or hand strength
  • Personal care
  • Handwriting skills
  • Organisational Skills
  • Attention and concentration
  • Coping with nursery or school life
  • Sensory Processing
  • Visual perception

Good therapists do not treat a medical condition, they treat what they see and feel. Experience tells us that children may demonstrate any of the following difficulties:

Use these examples as a check list to think about your child and the concerns you may have.

Fine Motor Difficulties:

  • Poor manual dexterity
  • Difficulty with two-handed tasks such as tying shoe laces, using cutlery, cutting with scissors
  • Poor manipulative skills e.g. handwriting difficulties, including development of grip and formation of letters
  • Lack of independence with functional skills such as dressing and other self care activities
  • Have taken a long time to decide whether to be right or left handed

Gross Motor Difficulties:

  • Poor sitting posture and always holding their head when writing.
  • Tires easily due to the effort required to complete everyday activities
  • Difficulty with ball skills.

Visual Perceptual Difficulties:

  • Have they never enjoyed jigsaw puzzles?
  • Do they find it hard to copy from the board at school?
  • Do you regularly ask them to find something and they cannot see it even if it is really obvious?

Social Skills:

  • Does your child find eye contact difficult?
  • Is turn taking an issue?
  • Do they not really cope socially with playtime at school?
  • Does your child have difficulty understanding other people's feelings, reactions, and nonverbal cues?

If in doubt call to discuss your child's needs.

"Occupational Therapists work with people of all ages, helping them to carry out the activities that they need or want to do in order to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.'

- The Royal College of Occupational Therapists.


Call now on 0775 9669 885 for free telephone consultation or meet up in person to discuss your child's needs and to establish the best way forward to address their difficulties.

Conditions We Treat Conditions We Treat

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Parents can call for:
A free telephone consultation to discuss their child's needs to establish the best way forward to address their child's difficulties.

Areas of assessment

  • Sensory processing
  • Visual perception
  • Handwriting
  • Gross motor skills
  • Fine motor skills
  • Timing and Sequencing
  • Self care skills

Contact Us

T: 0775 9669 885
E: nclayden@tiscali.co.uk

Find Us

SPOT on Therapy, Oxford OX2 6BD

Paediatric OT
Paediatric OT
SPOT on Therapy are experts at assessing & treating children aged 0 - end of primary school.
Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy
We specialise in helping children finding it difficult to control their muscles and movements.
Fine Motor Skills
Gross motor difficulties
We provide assessments for children aged 0 - end of primary school, to evaluate their requirements.
Learning Difficulties
Learning Difficulties
We help children who are cognitively, behaviourally, emotionally, or socially developing slower.