Occupational therapy that gives children the best possible start in life

Welcome!

I am an independent specialist children’s Occupational Therapist, based in Milton Keynes.  I work with children to help them overcome the barriers they face in doing the tasks they need to or want to do at home or school.  So whether your child wants to write neater, or kick a football and not fall over, I am here to help.

If you recognise some of the below difficulties and behaviours in your child, then he is likely to benefit from occupational therapy:

  • Handwriting that is messy, slow or causes pain.
  • Awkward seated posture when writing, such as resting his head in his hand.
  • Clumsy when doing buttons and zips, using cutlery or scissors.
  • Disorganised with everyday tasks such as packing a school bag.
  • Trips over his own feet when walking or running.
  • Seems to bump into others or objects deliberately.
  • Becomes overly distressed in noisy and busy places.
  • Avoids playground equipment.
  • Seems not to notice what is going on around him.
  • Short concentration span in class.
  • Aggressive behaviour.
  • Struggles with self esteem.

In treating your child I naturally adapt to his communication style, and I am comfortable working with him regardless of whether or not his difficulties are due to a known diagnosis such as Development Coordination Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder or Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

My Services

ASSESSMENT & TREATMENT

Completing an occupational therapy assessment is the first step in the process to helping your child.  This will allow me to identify the underlying sensory and motor causes for the difficulties your child is having, and to plan a bespoke therapy program for him.


TRAINING

I am in the business of empowering others, especially if you are a parent or work with children. I have seen first hand how the sharing of knowledge, experience and ideas, and how learning from each other, has had a positive and far reaching effect.  I offer courses on a range of topics, and ensure that my courses are further tailored to the needs of the various groups I train.

SUPERVISION

Are you an Occupational Therapist starting out in Independent Practice?  Do you want to build your business?  Do you work in the field of paediatrics without access to clinical supervision and support?   Well, then I am here to help you navigate your way as I understand your business and clinical needs.

About Me

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I qualified in 2000 at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and came to England in 2001 for a gap year with the idea to work and gain international experience.  That year  extended from one to seventeen and I now call England my home.

I mostly treat children from 2 - 14 years of age from various backgrounds, with a wide range of needs and with varying levels of intellectual ability.  I have a  specific interest in working with children who have high learning potential together with a special education need (Dual or Multiple Exceptionality or DME).

I strongly believe that children will thrive in an environment where everyone involved with them, works together.  As a result I regularly provide online and in-person training to parents, teachers and other relevant organisations on topics such as helping children develop sensory lifestyles, and helping teachers effectively teach handwriting and run PE groups.

I am committed to excellence in my work, and regularly engage in continuous professional development activities such as attending courses and conferences, and receiving clinical supervision.

Having run the first independent and nationwide occupational therapy supervision, mentoring and coaching service for a number of years, I remain passionate about supporting my colleagues and still provide supervision on request.

I have a current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Certificate and am a registered data controller.  I also hold memberships of the following professional bodies:

  • Health and Care Professions Council
  • Royal College of Occupational Therapists
  • Royal College of Occupational Therapists - Children Young People and Families
  • Royal College of Occupational Therapists - Independent Practice
  • National Handwriting Association

Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to find out more about the services I offer.

Best wishes

Mariza Ferreira

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