February 11, 2019

Our new handwriting assessment has arrived! 

It’s called the Detailed Assessment for Speed of Handwriting (DASH) Plus. This is a reliable, age-appropriate measure of handwriting speed for students aged 17-25 years in further and higher education.  It may assist in provi...

January 4, 2019

From my practice I have noted this is the most successful for adults and children with learning disabilities, ADHD, autism and sensory processing disorders. I used this relaxation technique either at the end of my therapeutic groups or when running mindfulness / relaxa...

May 7, 2018

The Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) programme was established to support local areas to review the deaths of people with learning disabilities, identify learning from those deaths, and take forward the learning into service improvement initiatives....

April 30, 2018

Take a look at your phone or iPad (other tablets are available). I bet you have a number of apps to help you with your everyday occupations such as cooking recipes, managing your banking and shopping as well as apps to support your leisure activities such as singing ap...

April 8, 2018

I recently saw a client with dementia in a nursing home. She was sitting in a chair which was too big for her, both width and depth. There was also no footplate and the arm rests were too high. I found out that the chair was specially designed for a gentleman and my cl...

March 9, 2018

As far as I am aware there are no occupational therapists working with our nursing colleagues in health liaison teams for people with learning disabilities. And it could be argued that this might creates a gap in the services we offer. Please do email if you are an occ...

March 9, 2018

Training in learning disabilities awareness to NHS trust could prevent 1200 avoidable deaths in England each year (YouGov). 

A poll by Mencap with 506 healthcare professionals found that 23% of professionals had never had receive training on how to meet the health needs...

February 20, 2018

We are offer a range of pet therapy services in North London, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. By combining occupational therapy with pet therapy, we are able to meet your recovery and rehabilitation goals.

There are a number of benefits of using pet therapy: 

•Facilitat...

February 20, 2018

Understanding relaxation techniques are ideal when working with children, people with a learning disabilities, autism, ADHD and dementia. Relaxation can be used in the classroom after break to re-focus pupils, as part of day centre programme or as part of a sensory die...

February 15, 2018

I have recently noticed a trend of people discussing the use of multi-sensory stimulation for people with dementia, but no-one has discussed the importance to why we must take a sensory approach. 

As explained in my previous blogs, professionals have recognised seven se...

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