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The occupational therapy service offers virtual parent/carer workshops as part of our 'targeted' offer within our tiered service. These workshops aim to provide support for children and families with difficulties in their activities of daily living. The workshops are an opportunity for families to be taught activities and ideas to use with their children, in order to maximise their potential. 
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Sensory workshop 

This parent/carer workshop aims to:

  • help parents/carers understand what the term 'sensory processing difficulties' means
  • support families to understand how sensory processing difficulties can impact on their child, and how will these difficulties be seen at home and school?  
  • provide practical advice and activity ideas to manage sensory difficulties 

The workshop is a two-hour presentation, which encourages peer support and an opportunity for parents/carers to ask questions  

Pre-reading - Virtual sensory workshop - pre-workshop information


Feeding difficulties

  • Does your child present with feeding difficulties that affects family life? 
  • Is every meantime difficult for you and your child?
  • Are you very concerned your child isn't eating enough foods and is this number of foods getting smaller? 
  • Has your child struggled with feeding since the weaning process began?

 

If you can relate to many of these questions, you may benefit from attending this workshop. 

This parent/carer workshop aims to:

  • help parents/carers understand what factors may be contributing to a child's feeding difficulties
  • explore how sensory processing difficulties can impact upon feeding 
  • provide ideas on ways to help your child develop an improved relationship with food 
  • provide lots of practical ideas to support children who present with a restricted diet
  • what is food play?
  • oral motor activities
  • be a food scientist
  • sensory based activities that can be carried out before and after mealtimes
     

This workshop is also supported and presented by other professionals:

  • speech and language therapy (from the eating and drinking team)
  • dietetics 

The workshop consists of a two-hour presentation. At the end, there will be a further 30 minutes during which parents/carers have the opportunity to ask questions specific to their child. 


Movement matters - impact on daily occupations

This parent/carer workshop aims to:

  • explore what motor coordination difficulties are and how occupational therapy can support you and your child
  • help parents/carers understand the impact motor coordination difficulties can have on skill development 
  • help parents/carers to understand how to support, teach and enable your child to develop everyday skills (for example, how do I support my child to learn to dress or ride a bike?) 
  • provide parents/carers with tips, ideas and resource ideas to support your child's motor coordination development 
  • enable parents/carers to set achievable goals for their child

The workshop is a two-hour presentation, which encourages peer support and an opportunity for parents/carers to ask questions.

Pre-reading - Movement Matters workshop - my child's goals


Building independence

This parent/carer workshop aims to:

  • explore what is occupational therapy? 
  • help families understand the stages of skills development 
  • help families to understand how to grade activities (for example, where to start if you would like your child to learn how to fasten buttons, or make a sandwich)
  • support families to learn tips and ideas to support your child's development 
  • enable parents/carers to set achievable goals for their child


The workshop is a two-hour presentation, which encourages peer support and an opportunity for parents/carers to ask questions.


What parents have said about our workshops:

"found today very helpful thank you explained things very well helped me understand some of my daughter’s behaviours"

"very insightful and practical thank you"

"very useful with many practical tips and advice"

"a really insightful workshop, lots of good links for us to look at"

"I found this workshop very useful, covered most the problems I am experiencing with my son, thank you"

"very informative, lots of fantastic ideas to try with my son"

"It has been very interesting and has gave me so many different ways of trying things"

"really helpful workshop explaining why he is doing certain things and some really helpful ideas especially for sleeping and eating"

"the sensory workshop has been very helpful, I’m hoping to use some of these strategies at home and also share with his teachers"

"really opened my eyes to why my child does things, honestly it has been brilliant, thank you so much"