About Us
        

Therapy Foundations is a service that provides  occupational therapy and educational  support  to enable children to become more confident and and successful with skills they need to  help them play better, perform better at home and at school and to communicate and develop social skills.
We look at children’s motor skills, sensory development , thinking and reasoning skills, self regulation and social skills .

The primary aim is to identify ,where possible, the  causes of the child’s difficulty in order to help parents and other professionals understand the needs of the child and to intervene with an appropriate programme that will relate directly to the area in which the child is having problems.
An evidence based approach to assessment and treatment is used to ensure that positive change is occurring .On going communication with parents (who are always present during assessment) and teachers is always welcomed and encouraged.

The child-focused approach begins with an initial pre assessment questionnaire and prior to assessment full discussion takes place with  the therapist  (and if requested the teacher ) to ensure parents concerns and issues are addressed.

Assessment takes the form of skill based standardised and non standardised  assessment, criteria based assessment and clinicial observation assessment. Sensory integration assessment  is undertaken  by a SIPT Certified practitioner .

The assessment is based on our BUILDING BLOCKS model of practice. The information is then written up for parents to understand better the findings of the assessment and the difficulties highlighted. Information in the form of customised handouts and advice sheets are  then given to parents.

At this point consultation will take place  with the therapist and teacher (if requested )  who will agree intervention against specific measurable goals and agreed outcomes. Intervention is guided by exsisting and current evidence. We develop skills and strategies which relate directly to the presenting difficulty and the acquisition of necessary foundation skills to support desired outcomes.

Specialist interventions include:

• Sensory Integration Therapy
• Greenspan Floor time  Intervention
• Motor development and co ordination programme
• Listening Programme

  Personal Profile……..Amanda Howard
         

My background is  in Occupational  Therapy  having worked in the NHS for 25 years. I worked in a Special School for 10 years, in Mencap ‘s nursery and early intervention unit for 10 years and in a child development  clinic for 5 years.

Laterally I have been working independently having set up  …Therapy Foundations for Education …with my husband who is a retired Primary School Principal.

I have always pursued current evidenced based practice and have continued professional development obtaining a Masters Degree in Advanced Occupational Therapy.  I am SIPT Certified (sensory integration and praxis testing) I completed  this qualification in America in 2007 and specialise in assessing and providing solutions to problems in Autism.  This intervention is neurological and based on sensory motor development and the integration of the senses.
I work independently and focus on the treatment of children and training parents and professionals.

We are currently engaged by several schools in Southern Ireland developing initiatives in Sensory Integration. This includes staff training, parental awareness sessions, presenting workshops, individual assessment and implementing therapy programmes which enable teachers to continue with interventions.

I am also an associate lecturer on the BSc. programme for Occupational Therapy in Sensory Integration and I lecture on the Master’s Programme in Autism at Queen’s University Belfast. I am trained in the Listening Programme and Auditory Processing and extend this service to schools in staff training . I  am also a registered provider of  the Listening Programme.
 
Most of our work at  Therapy Foundations  has  been working with mainstream  school children who have barriers to learning in literacy or numeracy.  Again the  focus is  on a sensory integrative approach.

 Additional  Professional  Services
         

We work closely with parent support  organisations and provide  training sessions and information events on request.
Many schools and children’s services do not have access to Sensory integration or sensory processing advice, assessment or therapy.  As an independent occupational therapist and a teacher working together, we offer a specialised  service in the training and development of teachers’ skills in the area of neurological and motor learning . 

This is a foundation to academic skills . We offer this service in relation to sensory processing difficulties, developmental co-ordination difficulties , sensory modulation and sensory integration dysfunction.
A  wide variety  of input is available ranging  from:

individual assessment to staff training days, 
introduction to sensory integration sessions
working with children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
specialist handwriting skills

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