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Simon Worthington Occupational Therapy Services

Helping children engage in play, education and daily activities to become independent adults.

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Simon Worthington, Occupational Therapist
Kent based Occupational Therapist

Hi, I'm Simon the OT

I have extensive experience working across the NHS, private and independent sectors of health care.

As well as working with clients directly in their homes, I provide services for a number of mainstream and specialist schools, including those for children who display challenging behaviour, social communication difficulties or have experienced early trauma. For schools I offer hands on assessment and therapy as well as consultancy.

I work with clients who have a diagnosis such as neurological conditions (e.g. Cerebral Palsy, Acquired Brain Injury, Stroke), complex and severe physical and learning difficulties, sensory motor conditions (e.g. Sensory Processing Difficulties, Dyspraxia, Developmental Delay) as well as difficulties with social communication (e.g. Autism).

I strongly believe that Occupational Therapy is about promoting skills for life, whatever age or condition. Early intervention is key.

How can Simon help?

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As an Occupational Therapist I can assist in the following ways:

  • Providing strategies and support to help children who struggle with behaviour, listening or attention / concentration
  • Supporting children with handwriting difficulties
  • Supporting children with gross motor and co-ordination challenges
  • Improving skills in Activities of Daily Living e.g. dressing, self-care and play / education skills
  • Improving fine motor skills and control
  • Supporting the development of visual perceptual skills
  • Providing evidence for Education Health Care Plans to ensure your child has suitable support whilst they are at school
  • Providing evidence for suitable housing or benefits
  • Support in finding appropriate specialist equipment to maximise your child’s independence
  • Providing support and education to the family, education staff or keyworkers
Occupational therapy for children

Guiding you through the complete process from assessment and EHCP evidence to therapy programmes.

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Occupational therapy for schools

Working with a wide range of educational settings to provide teachers with the support required to meet children's needs.

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Passionate about providing a personalised, holistic approach to therapy provision

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Why Occupational Therapy?

For me, Occupational Therapy is about ensuring young people can grow into adults who can be as independent as possible, living their best life. This is done by seeing beyond any diagnoses and limitations, instead focusing in on personal achievement and success.

Everything we do from when we wake up to when we go to sleep at night is an occupation. They are the things we have to do, want to do or need to do. For children and young people this may be engaging in social / interaction opportunities, leisure activities (i.e. play, sports or hobbies), self care activities (i.e. washing, dressing and eating) or productivity (ie. school, volunteering and work).

We all have our own strengths and weaknesses; occupational therapy is about working out those strengths and finding ways to work through our weaknesses or challenges. Occupational Therapy does this by supporting the child or young person to find new ways of doing, improving existing skills and, by doing so, boosting wellbeing and self-esteem.

Occupational therapy in Kent and Medway

A consistent approach

I work in schools and with families across Kent and Medway getting to know the young people I support.

I love my job because I get the opportunity to work with individuals as they develop, from working with children a few months of age, supporting them as they get older through nursery, primary school, secondary school and college, empowering them to do the things they need to do, have to do or want to do!

In 2009 I was awarded The Isobel Elliot Award for demonstrating my in depth understanding of Person centred care through a creative medium. As well as achieving my BSc in Occupational Therapy I have completed additional post graduate training in Sensory Integration and I am a practitioner of Ayres Sensory Integration®.

Therapy works best when there is continuity. I work with my clients directly to provide a personalised, reliable and consistent service.

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