At the farm we provide Animal Assisted therapy for children, young people, families and adults. One of the Animal Assisted Therapies we provide is Animal Assisted Occupational Therapy.

What is an Occupational Therapist?

Occupational Therapists are registered health professionals who work with individuals of all ages. They provide specialised assistance to people with physical, developmental, social or emotional problems to lead independent, productive and satisfying lives.

Who can they help?

Children and Adults with;

  • Anxiety and emotional difficulties
  • Recovering from injury to regain skills
  • Brain injury, chronic disease, developmental, physical and intellectual disabilities
  • Older Adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes

What is Occupational Therapy ?

Occupational Therapy therapeutically uses the “occupations” of every day living activities, such as; self care, work and leisure. This is with the aim to increase independence, enhance development and improve both physical and mental well-being.

Occupational Therapists support individuals to establish goals and then develop an intervention plan using meaningful activities. Whether an individual has a goal to manage anxiety, improve thinking skills or regain balance, carefully planned OT intervention can improve motivation and participation in developing skills.

What skills can Occupational Therapy help with?

Psycho-social skills;
values, interest, self-concept, social conduct, self-expression, coping skills, self-control and emotional regulation.

Psychological Self help skills;
Low mood and anxiety management, self-esteem and confidence.

Motor Skills:
Gross and fine motor coordination, motor control and planning, dexterity and visual motor integration.
Neuro musculoskeletal – range of movement, reflex, strength, endurance, postural alignment, dynamic and static balance.

Cognitive skills:
Attention span, sequencing, initiation and termination, spatial awareness, problem solving and multi-tasking.

Communication skills;
Expressive and receptive language, engagement, modulation and collaboration.

Sensory Skills;
Tactile, vestibular, visual auditory and proprioceptive.

How does animal assisted therapy mesh with occupational therapy?

The therapeutic use of animals is often used within occupational therapy practice and it is considered to be a sensory modulation approach. For one, animal care is an instrumental activity of daily living, secondly animals can help occupational therapy clients engage in meaningful daily activities. Finally, animal-assisted therapy (AAT) can help appropriate clients reach occupational therapy related goals.

What can I expect?

During the initial session, we will take you to meet different animals across the farm, and depending on the client’s wishes, we may focus on just a few of the animals on the farm. During this session, the OT will ask questions around needs, wishes, what you enjoy, and what you find challenging. The initial assessment takes the whole session time (50min), and will be written up in a summary report. As part of our work we work with therapeutic goals centred around clients needs, and these will be discussed in the initial assessment.
After the initial session, the client/carer/referrer may wish to book ongoing sessions. The number of sessions will depend on the reason for referral, though will usually be a minimum of 6 sessions, and can be evaluated as part of the goal based outcome evaluation.

Costs

Costs:
Initial assessment with summary/assessment report: £130 (inclusive of a report)
Animal Assisted Occupational Therapy sessions: £65

Terms and conditions:
Sessions that have been arranged need to be cancelled more than 24 hours before the session time, otherwise it will chargeable at the full rate.

You can download a copy of our Animal Assisted Occupational Therapy Leaflet HERE

This is Yvette, she is our Animal Assisted Occupational Therapy Practitioner.
You can read more about Yvette in the About Us Section