My World Therapy

My World Therapy is a specialist Private Paediatric Occupational Therapy Practice.

About Us

My World Therapy is a specialist Private Paediatric Occupational Therapy Practice. Our Therapy service is called ‘My World Therapy’ – we chose the name because we feel that to effectively support Autistic children and children with ADHD, Dyspraxia and Developmental Delay, it is important to ‘step into their shoes’, to understand what the world feels like to them.

We provide highly specialist private Occupational Therapy for Autistic children and children with ADHD, Dyspraxia and Developmental Delay. Therapy sessions are always fun and use a range of modern approaches to help each child reach their potential.

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy helps children to reach their maximum potential with daily living skills such as dressing, feeding and toileting and school skills such as attention, handwriting and scissor skills. Occupational Therapists specifically assess for any sensory processing differences and/or motor skills differences that may be impacting upon the child’s participation at home and school. Occupational Therapists are a core member of the multi-disciplinary team for Autistic children and children with ADHD, Dyspraxia and Developmental Delay.

Does my child need Occupational Therapy?

There are a wide range of sensory processing and motor skills differences. The impact of these differ from child to child. If any of the behaviours listed below are affecting your child, they may benefit from Occupational Therapy.

SENSORY

  • I use lots of force when playing with other children

  • I deliberately bump and crash into people and objects
  • I do not like loud sounds such as hand driers

  • I am very picky about textures of food
  • I react emotionally if other people brush past me

  • I will only wear a few specific items of clothing

  • I chew on non-food objects
  • I spin around a lot and like to be upside down

MOTOR

  • Handwriting and scissor skills and tricky

  • I can’t ride my bike

  • I can’t manage buttons, zips or laces

  • It is tricky to use a knife and fork

  • I spill and drop things more than my friends

BEHAVIOUR

  • I have difficulty concentrating at school

  • I am disorganised and cannot pack my school bag

  • I become upset in busy places e.g. shopping centres

  • I do not like family gatherings such as parties or weddings

  • I avoid physical activities such as playing football with my friends

  • I take excessive risks when I am at the play park

Therapy Approaches

Children participate and learn more when they are having fun. Therapy sessions are always fun and where possible incorporate the child’s individual interests. We use a range of therapy approaches to help each child participate as fully as possible in daily life at home and at school. Therapy approaches used depend upon each individual child’s needs but may include:

  • Sensory (self-regulation, sensory diets, sensory strategies and interoceptive awareness)

  • Developmental Functional- to support the development of the child’s play, feeding, toileting, dressing and school skills

  • Environmental adaptation- to make the environment more ‘sensory friendly’ at home and school

  • Parent/Education Staff coaching- enabling parents/education staff to maximise the impact of Occupational Therapy by putting strategies into place on a daily basis

Delivery of Therapy Approaches

The amount of therapy required will depend upon the individual child’s needs. Recommendations will be made following assessment. Therapy may be delivered directly or indirectly.

  • Direct therapy – This involves the Occupational Therapist carrying out one to one sessions with the child at home or school.

  • Indirect therapy – A written activity programme is provided for home and/or school. This details activities to work on/strategies to use with the child in order to help them meet their individual goals. Occupational Therapy activity programmes maximise the impact of Occupational Therapy by enabling those supporting the child to put Occupational Therapy recommendations into practice on a daily basis.

MEET OUR TEAM

My World Therapy offers highly specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapy for Autistic children and those with ADHD, Dyspraxia and Developmental Delay.

All of our therapists:

  • Are members of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists

  • Are registered with The Health and Care Professions Council.

  • Have full DBS clearance.

  • Have extensive experience as Paediatric Occupational Therapists including post graduate training in Sensory Integration.

ANNA HAMLET
ANNA HAMLETClinical Specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapist (BSc Occupational Therapy, MSc Autism, PG Cert Sensory Integration)
Anna qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2001 at the University of Southampton, and subsequently spent a year working voluntarily in orphanages in Romania before joining the NHS. She has held specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapy posts in London, working for the Royal Free Paediatric Occupational Therapy Team, and following this, a Clinical Specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapy post for South West Essex PCT.

Anna is certified by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, as well as the Sensory Integration Network. She has an MSc in Autism and a PG Cert in Sensory Integration.

She has mainly worked with children aged 0-18 years, with a wide range of strengths and needs. Her specialism is supporting Autistic children and children with diagnosis of ADHD, Developmental Delay and Developmental Coordination Disorder/Dyspraxia.

Anna founded ‘My World Therapy’ in 2017 in order to provide individualised, timely, highly specialist, and up to date independent Occupational Therapy assessments and therapy for children with sensory and/or motor skills differences. Through thorough assessment, she can build a profile of each child’s strengths and needs. In addition, Anna recognises the importance of trying to understand what the world feels like to the child and also what motivates them (which is where the “My World” therapy name comes from). This enables an individualised therapy plan to be formulated. As a Mum of two children, Anna understands the importance of therapy being fun and of working closely with parents to understand their priorities for their child.

In addition to providing highly specialist individual therapy, Anna has had extensive experience of delivering training to parents, education staff and health professionals. Anna has also provided independent supervision and consultation to therapy services within Local Authority and Independent special schools.

JAN FORWOOD
JAN FORWOODSenior Paediatric Occupational Therapist (MSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, Dip COT Occupational Therapy)
LILY TOCKER
LILY TOCKERSenior Paediatric Occupational Therapist (BSc Occupational Therapy)

TESTIMONIALS

It was a privilege to work with Anna in her capacity as Senior Occupational Therapist. As Lead Specialist teacher for Autism in Essex I worked with her closely over a number of years. Many qualities spring to mind when I think of Anna: she is innovative, practical, calm and empathetic. Her knowledge and skill in working with children with autism was outstanding. She successfully tailored programmes for individual children and her training sessions were always informative and interesting. I would not hesitate to recommend Anna for providing therapy sessions, delivering training or supervision.
JILL HORNE Senior Learning Co-ordinator (Specialist Teacher Team), Essex County Council

I have known Anna Hamlet since 2008, when she began working with my son as his Occupational Therapist, following his diagnosis of Autism.

I soon became heavily involved, during the founding stages, of the specialist Autism and Asperger’s (STAARS) Team, as one of two ‘Autism Parent Representatives’ in Thurrock and a greater area of Essex. I support parents and children and deliver the Good Beginnings Course, when NHS resources allow me to ‘borrow’ a professional staff member for a morning, weekly for 10 weeks.

In all the time I have known Anna Hamlet – as a parent and working with her within the STAARS Team, I have found her to be enthusiastic and approachable. She is absolutely a key team member and is always up to date with recent research and findings, incorporating that into her vast area of knowledge. She can reach out to parents on their individual level and explain their child’s difficulties; moving them onto actually providing that much needed help themselves. She encourages and gives realistic hope (which we need as parents, to empower us!). She is also great to work with. During our Good Beginnings Sessions, we assign one week (one morning) to various members of Health and Education. Anna’s OT sessions are always extremely well attended and enormously welcomed; our parents look forward to meeting with her, and returning with questions later too.

ANITA GRIFFITHS, Autism Parent Representative, Essex
Anna has supervised me since May 2010. She is a dedicated and experienced individual who is always passionate about supporting me in reaching the highest potential through her supervision.
ANNA HUMENSKY, Clinical Occupational Therapist, The Priory Group

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