Private Occupational Therapists in Bedfordshire.
Private OT (Occupational Therapy) Treatment is offered by the Owl Centre's specialist therapists in Bedfordshire.
The Occupational Therapists at The Owl Centre in Bedfordshire combine expertise and experience with a friendly and sympathetic approach to the children and parents they see. They also have links with the NHS to ensure a seamless continuity for clients who have received NHS assessments or therapy.
Dimitra Charalambous BSc (OT), MRCOT, PG Cert (SI)
Dimitra has been an Occupational Therapist for over 19 years, having trained and worked in South Africa for the first 3 years of her career. She has worked with children for the past 14 years, both in Cyprus and in the UK. She worked in her own private practice for 10 years and has been the lead Occupational therapist in an Ofsted Outstanding School in London and in a Specialist Mainstream school in Berkhamsted. She has worked with children who have a wide variety of difficulties such as ASD, Sensory Processing difficulties, Dyspraxia, Cerebral Palsy and genetic disorders such as William’s Syndrome, Down’s Syndrome and Angelman’s Syndrome. She has a Post Graduate Certificate in Sensory Integration, which she gained from the University of Ulster.
Dimitra prides herself on being a creative problem solver and making each therapy session client-centred, focused, specific and above all fun! In addition to working as a school-based OT, Dimitra also has a role as part of a multi-disciplinary Assessment team in a private Psychology practice, where she contributes to ASD assessments alongside Clinical and Educational Psychologists. She has a wide repertoire of approaches such as the Alert Programme, the Zones of Regulation programme, Sensory Integration Therapy and the CO-OP approach. She is currently working on gaining her qualification in Astronaut Training.
Dimitra is able to provide outreach assessments and therapy in a number of areas including:
- Leighton Buzzard
- Milton Keynes
How can Occupational Therapy help you?
Occupational therapy helps children to develop the underlying skills necessary for learning and performing specific tasks, but it also addresses social and behavioural skills, and can help with a child’s self-confidence.
Occupational therapists not only work directly with the child, but also (indirectly) with the family, parents, caregivers and teachers in order to educate and reinforce specific skills and behaviours which will be used to improve and facilitate the child’s performance and functioning.
Which difficulties can be helped by Occupational Therapy?
Children diagnosed with conditions such as Autism, Aspergers, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Learning Disabilities, Developmental and Co-ordination Disorder, Sensory Integration Disorder, Dyspraxia and specific learning difficulties benefit greatly from the combined approach of speech and language therapy and children's OT