At Kingfisher we have invested time and resources in helping children with diagnosed Sensory Processing Difficulties. This will have been initially detected via Oldham’s Childrens’ Occupational Therapy Team. The team will assess the child and then create a report for both school and home to implement. It is evident when a child’s sensory system is working well as we see calm and regulated children who are ready to learn.
What are Sensory Processing Difficulties?
Sensory Processing Difficulties (SPD sometimes called Sensory Integration or SI) is a term that refers to the way the body receives and interprets messages from the senses.
Humans have a multitude of senses that help them to gather information about the world around them: hearing, seeing, touch, smell, taste, balance, and proprioception (which is knowing what the muscles are doing without looking).
A “Sensory Diet” is a carefully designed, personalised activity plan that provides children with the sensory inputs they need to remain in a calm, alert state for a majority of the time.
To help get the childrens’ ‘Sensory Diets’ right Kingfisher have employed a private Occupational Therapist to support us with this work. Some children require a more detailed sensory diet which may change over time. Together with the class team, Nic Found and Emma Tod work closely with the child to provide them with a more detailed sensory diet. This is implemented at school and parents and carers will be invited into school to learn ways in which they can support the child at home.
Emma Todd – Children’s Occupational Therapist
My name is Emma Tod and I am a Children’s Occupational Therapist. I obtained my (BSC Hons) degree in Occupational Therapy from Oxford Brookes University in 2000. I am registered with the Health Professions Council. Since this time I have worked in a variety of settings including special schools, mainstream schools, the community, child development centres, and children’s social care.
I have an interest in Sensory Integration and have completed both the Foundation module and the Clinical Observation module (2003). I have continued to use the principles of Sensory Integration throughout my career, assessing, recommending and providing sensory advice, sensory diets and some treatment.
I work holistically taking into account the whole child and how their sensory difficulties maybe impacting their wellbeing. I strive to promote their independence, their learning, and access to the curriculum in order to reach their full potential.
I currently work at Kingfisher School on a Tuesday morning.
Children’s Occupational Therapy is located in the Integrated Care Centre in Oldham. Below are a range of services they can provide.
- Home adaptations
- Sensory profiling
- Seating assessments
- Slings and hoists
- Additional equipment
This is run via a referral system, this can be actioned via your GP, consultants, paediatricians and school nurses.
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