ASSESMENT & TREATMENT

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Assesment

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.

The assessment normally consists of a combination of standardised tests and questionnaires, clinical observation of how your child manages certain tasks, and speaking with those who know your child well including you as parents, your child's teacher, and of course your child himself.  If appropriate I may also observe how your child manages amongst his peers in class and during playtimes at school.

Following the assessment I will provide you with a report and my recommendations, and give you the opportunity to discuss this with me.

I have various assessment packages depending on your needs, so please get in touch and I will send you some more information.

Treatment

Once we have agreed our therapy goals, I will work with your child on a 1-to-1 basis either at my therapy room in Milton Keynes or at his school, depending on your circumstances and what I deem the most beneficial for his progress.  I normally liaise directly with schools in case of the latter.

When planning and providing therapy sessions, I use a number of therapy approaches and techniques.  This eclectic approach allows me to put your child first, and make sessions fun and engaging.  Whenever appropriate I ask you to observe the sessions, so that you can repeat some of the activities at home with your child.  If you are unable to attend sessions, I will provide you with verbal or written feedback on sessions.

Treatment sessions are normally once a week lasting between 45 minutes to an hour, in which I provide all the required equipment for an effective therapy session.   The number of sessions your child needs will depend on the underlying causes for his difficulties and whether he does the additional exercises that I provide.  However, improvements are generally seen after about eight to twelve weeks.  Please note that in some cases, such as your child having ongoing therapy needs, I may suggest therapy on a two weekly, monthly or termly basis.

Please get in touch and I will send you some more information on the treatment that I can provide.

What parents say

Claire, Mum from Hertfordshire

Mike has high learning potential, but also needed help to deal with his sensory processing difficulties. Mariza provided a personalised programme that was effective and that we continue with at home.

We received a thoroughly professional, empathetic, supportive and intuitive service. As well as being highly qualified and experienced, Mariza has a gift for truly seeing and understanding a child and how to work with him/her, and with parents.

Sue - Mum from Milton Keynes

Chloe had previously been diagnosed with sensory processing difficulties and low muscle tone, and we requested an OT assessment as we wanted an update.  From the assessment it was picked up that Chloe also needs some therapy with regards to her eye movement.  We also now have peace of mind that we are providing her with the correct support for her sensory integration and low muscle tone need.

Rachel - Mum from Milton Keynes

I am super proud of my boy! (for improvements in handwriting).  Also full of thanks for all your hard work.  It’s not exaggerating to say all the hard work has paid off and transformed his school work / life.  Thank you.

Grace - Mum from Northampton

I’d like to say a massive thank you for all your support in helping Jack.  If it weren’t for your input I wouldn’t have a clue what was going on, especially as we keep hitting dead ends in the NHS.  It’s helped to shed light on his needs and hopefully this early intervention will pay off in the future as we gain more understanding around how SPD (sensory processing disorder) affects him.

Rebecca - Mum from Milton Keynes

Catherine has Autism with developmental delay and sensory seeking behaviour, and Mariza has been working with her to improve her school readiness   Mariza keeps very good contact with us and gives us full feedback after sessions.  She has also given specific individualised exercises tailored to Catherine’s level and needs

Laura, Mum from Milton Keynes

William has complex needs. In addition to original therapy sessions, Mariza has given us tools to continue William's therapy. Mariza goes above and beyond for my family. Everything that happens for William is bespoke for him. The bond Mariza and William have - even with our youngest son, is special. The way Mariza supports us and how she helps us - I don't think she realises just how grateful we are to have found her and how special to us she is.

Lynn, Mum from Aylesbury

Charlie has problems with handwriting. Mariza's initial assessment and report on Charlie helped me understand his needs so much better. I had no idea about his muscle strength and reflex problems even though he'd seen other OTs and Paediatricians. All the exercises and concentration techniques have been really useful at home and school. Mariza has built a great relationship with Charlie. He still has a way to go but his writing is much more legible.

Nikki, Mum from Milton Keynes

Charlie has sensory processing difficulties, and received OT treatment to allow him to concentrate in order to achieve the best he can academically at school. We have also learnt how to channel his energies into positive ones so he can feel in control of what his body needs at different times of the day. Mariza has been both amazing and supportive to not only Charlie but myself as well. We have both found her techniques personalised. Mariza has such an understanding of Charlie and it has been so refreshing for someone to understand him for who he is, and make positive steps forward. As a parent I have gained so much knowledge in how to manage areas Charlie has difficulty with, and I can continue to support him at home. Thank you.

Gemma, Mum from Milton Keynes

Lewis's progress is clear to see. I couldn't be happier. Lewis has a great rapport with Mariza. I completely trust her opinion and advice. At every step Mariza has confidently answered any questions I have asked and I genuinely feel she has Lewis's best interests at heart. The tailored sessions and homework have all been set specifically for Lewis as key areas to learn/brush up on and have fully engaged him. I can see he has enjoyed learning and practising with Mariza at his own pace. I can't express how relieved I felt when we met Mariza and how grateful I am that we did. I could not have hoped to meet someone so kind, enthusiastic, understanding and motivating at such an unexpected time. Her support has made a huge change to both of our lives, possibly changing them both forever as we now know what we are facing and what steps to take in managing DCD (developmental coordination disorder). I would highly recommend Mariza to any parents, you will not regret it, she has a refreshing approach, extensive experience and is very dedicated to her work. Thank you so much for all your hard work.

Rachel, Mum from Milton Keynes

Ethan has gained a lot of confidence since meeting with Mariza as he is now able to write quicker and more legibly. He has enjoyed his sessions and has gained in strength too. He was relieved that there was a reason he was struggling and that made his "differences" in ability in comparison to his peer group easier to deal with. Mariza has been happy to adapt her sessions to Ethan's interests to get more buy in from him in the sessions. The assessment report was very thorough and the sessions have been all about helping in the areas identified.

Kerry, Mum from Leighton Buzzard

Tom needed occupational therapy to address poor handwriting and concentrating at school, and the treatment he received addressed these needs. Mariza always put our needs as a family first and worked flexibly with us.

Sophia, Mum from Kings Langley

Mariza taught Daniel ways to recognise and to deal with his behaviour so that he could start to control himself more.  She called his excitement his 'engine speed' which made it much easier for him to start to recognise that when over excited and unfocussed, his engine speed was too high, and he needed to do one of things Mariza showed him to bring himself under control which is what his teachers wanted from him.  Mariza was always available to talk through the sessions she had with Daniel, and also to talk through what she was proposing to do next. It was very personal to Daniel, and he also gained confidence in himself having someone other than me to talk to about his behaviour and how he could improve.  Mariza always made Daniel feel very valued and she understood him as a person very well.  She cared about him, and it was very important to feel that.

Angela, Mum from Hemel Hempstead

You managed to make the exercises fun so Kyle was more motivated to practice. His writing is now legible and he doesn't struggle as much with letter formation.

Claire, Mum from Redbourn

Charlie has made progress with his handwriting but advice given to school to further support him has been invaluable to him continuing with his programme of support. I've had regular updates on Charlie's progress from Mariza, she has a good understanding of his needs and how best to support him further.

Julie O’Sullivan, Inclusion Co-ordinator, Brockswood Primary School

Mariza has been working with our school for about a year now. Primarily, she has been working with children on a one-to-basis in order to improve their handwriting and core strength. She works alongside the class teachers and TAs, advising and modelling a number of methods. This allows the methods that she teaches to be transferred into the classroom ensuring maximum impact for the children. The results have been outstanding! We have also used her for staff training in our EYFS unit where we have been able to adapt the skills and methods she uses to whole class activities. The staff have been highly motivated to adopt these methods and the children love them. I would highly recommend using Mariza to support the development and improvement of handwriting for those children who require extra support, as well as developing a whole school approach to early fine and gross motor skills.

Sam, Mum from Chorleywood

Mariza has helped Steven to implement coping strategies into his every day life, and also helped us as a family to understand how best to support him. Mariza is empathetic and has professional and personal warmth that we all responded to. Steven always looked forward to his sessions with Mariza, and we highly recommend her.

Jackie, Mum from Radlett

I went to John's parents' evening this week and it was unbelievable. His behaviour has been great, his reading and writing are coming on really well, he's imaginative and full of interesting facts and he got pupil of the week! I want to hold my breath! I saw the deputy head and she said John's a changed boy. Long may it continue and thanks for all your hard work in helping him get there.

Olivia, Mum from Henley on Thames

Thank you for all your help, support and care these last few years - what a long way Poppy has come. I wish you could have seen her at Sports Day as her coordination and core strength was just superb. She ran and did the long jump just like everyone else - and better than many. Her physical awareness / bi-lateral awareness is streets ahead of where it used to be. We have YOU to thank for all this (and her Teaching Assistant for continuing the programme in the classroom). The structured programme you pulled together for Poppy has been absolutely brilliant - huge progress strides forward yet in a fun way for Poppy. Thank you for all you have done.

Cath, Mum from St Albans

Mariza worked with our daughter (aged 8) who has recently been diagnosed with dyslexia and suspected dyspraxic tendencies. At a really tough time in our daughter’s life, Mariza provided first rate professional assistance in helping her improve in her areas of weakness. The improvements in handwriting, co-ordination and organisation are more than we could have hoped for. She also built a strong bond with our daughter and was very caring towards her, which resulted in our daughter enjoying the therapy sessions even though they were, at times, for her tough.

Lisa, Mum from Northwood

Mariza started working with our then 5 year old son in January 2013. Her warm, relaxed and friendly manner connected with him immediately and he looked forward to her visits throughout the year. In that time he made great strides in all the areas in which Mariza had treated him. We as a family are so grateful to Mariza for all that she has done and would recommend her to anyone needing OT for their children. She is a hidden gem!

Sarit Tresser, Founding OT, Timocco Ltd

We contracted the services of Mariza Ferreira, OT and director of The OT Company, to raise awareness of our product and its benefits to therapists and users. During her time as clinical lead for Timocco UK, Mariza approached her work with a high level of professionalism, commitment and integrity. Part of Mariza's role was to represent Timocco UK at various national independent living and educational exhibitions. I accompanied her on one of these shows and was impressed by the way she was able to reach out to disabled people and their families, be sensitive to their feelings and needs, and actively engage them in using our product successfully despite at times having profound physical impairment. Mariza's insight into the therapeutic arena in the UK has assisted us greatly in marketing our product, and I am pleased that Timocco is starting to make significant inroads into the way paediatric occupational therapy is being provided. I have enjoyed working with Mariza and would recommend her services to clinical establishments or individual clients.

Jo, Mum from Buckingham

We have been very impressed with Mariza’s passion and determination to help our son. His core strength has improved massively with positive comments made by swimming and golf coaches. His handwriting quality has improved and more importantly the speed of getting pencil to paper as well as his concentration being so much better. Thank you so much!