In my work with children and families I draw from my specific training and the approaches learnt in the areas of Sensory Integration, DIRFloortime® and Music Based Listening Programmes.
I have found these approaches to be frequently useful when there are challenges associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Learning Difficulties, Difficulties with Praxis (motor planning) and/or Coordination, Generalised Anxiety, Down’s Syndrome, Global Developmental Delay, Sensory Loss or Impairment and/or where a child does not have any specific diagnosis but is experiencing challenges with sensory processing which impact on their ability to perform their childhood occupational roles i.e. being a member of the family, performing self care activities, being a student, being a player in sport and being a friend.
The approaches used are largely ‘bottom up’ meaning the focus is on making sure the foundational or pre-requisite skills are firmly established and core processing of sensory information is more efficient so that each subsequent higher level of skill or processing has a solid foundation upon which to work from and/or develop. Each higher level being dependent on the one below.
Which approach, or combination of approaches used, will be carefully selected by me in consultation with the family and will be dependent on the individual child and the family’s needs.