Abbey Hemming-Mitchell Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Paediatric OT experienced with toddlers to teens. Post grad training in Sensory Integration, Autism and Emotional Literacy. I am a qualified, registered and insured Paediatric Occupational Therapist (OT).

I am a member of the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT). I have over 10 years experience working with children with various needs from physical disabilities, learning disabilities and Autism to mild co-ordination problems or issues with concentration, handwriting or fussy eaters. I have worked with children with a range of diagnos

nationwidechildrens.org 12/11/2018

Container Baby Syndrome: How Equipment Can Hinder a Child's Development

I was literally talking about this very thing last week.

https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/family-resources-education/700childrens/2018/10/container-baby-syndrome

nationwidechildrens.org Products like car seats, walkers, jumpers and floor seats can lead to an issue referred to as Container Baby Syndrome due to the inability to activate important muscles. Read why babies should have time outside of these devices.

candokiddo.com 29/10/2018

Is Forward Facing Babywearing Bad For Baby?

http://www.candokiddo.com/news/babywearing-forward-facing

candokiddo.com Is forward facing your baby when babywearing bad for hips? Terrible for spines? Unsafe? How can something as simple as wearing your baby be so confusing?! Let's cut through the confusion and come up with a clear plan for wearing your baby safely.

yourot.com 12/10/2018

The silent tragedy affecting today’s children

I couldn’t agree more!

https://yourot.com/parenting-club/2017/5/24/what-are-we-doing-to-our-children

yourot.com This article has been read by 20 million people. I know that many would choose not to hear what I say in the article, but your children need you to hear this message. — Victoria Prooday

independent.co.uk 06/05/2018

The worrying reason today's four-year-olds are 'not physically ready' for school

Really interesting article about how technology is hindering the physical development of children which in turn impacts their ability to engage in education.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/school-age-four-year-old-children-not-physically-ready-experts-warn-a7220476.html

independent.co.uk A "concerning" number of today's four-year-olds are not physically ready to start school, new research has revealed, with children’s mobility levels said to be at an all-time low.

uniteforparkinsons.org 11/04/2018

Welcome

https://uniteforparkinsons.org/?utm_campaign=UK%20Unite%202018&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=w2534&utm_content=w2534#wall

uniteforparkinsons.org Millions of people across the world are living with Parkinson’s right now. But does the rest of the world know what it is?

inspiremore.com 25/03/2018

Texas Elementary School Triples Recess Time & The Results Are Incredible.

The U.K. school system has the wrong priorities in my opinion. Love the idea of extending break times if they include appropriate, regulating activities

https://www.inspiremore.com/elementary-school-triples-recess/

inspiremore.com Texas Christian University professor, Debbie Rhea, studied Finland's education system and brought back an interesting technique.

19/03/2018

The Sensory Spectrum

Love this!

https://www.facebook.com/sensoryprocessingdisorder/posts/1884487314925676

What Physical Activities Does Your Child Need? Take the Quiz!

http://www.thesensoryspectrum.com/physical-activities-child-need-take-quiz/

thesensoryspectrum.com 16/03/2018

Ultimate Guide to Sensory Toys and Tools for Kids

thesensoryspectrum.com As the mom of two sensory kids, I've seen my fair share of sensory toys. Some worked. Some didn't. And sometimes it just depends on the kid.

arktherapeutic.com 07/03/2018

Food Refusal - Is It Oral Motor or Sensory Related?

arktherapeutic.com Having a child with feeding issues is one of the hardest problems to handle both for therapists and parents, and it's stressful for the child as well.  Our lives often revolve around food!  And so does healthy growth and development.  I commend you for looking for more information on....

aota.org 06/02/2018

AOTA Members Promote Occupational Therapy During TED and TEDx Talks

aota.org Several of your colleagues have been bringing the message of occupational therapy to the TED and TEDx stage across the world. Get inspired by these AOTA members’ talks on autism, surfing, accessible toys, and more.

[01/22/18]   Available now. Will visit your home in Gosport, Alverstoke, Fareham, Lee and surrounding areas.
Experienced with children with ASD, ADHD, Dyspraxia, handwriting difficulties, emotional difficulties and more.
Get in touch for more information

[11/30/17]   I’m now offering group packages for schools. This could be to help a group of students with handwriting, organising, regulation and more. The added benefit of doing a group is the child doesn’t feel ‘different’ or like they are being separated from their friends.

[11/09/17]   Lovely feedback from just a handful of my clients:

‘I asked Abbey to help me and my daughter as she had regular tantrums and was emotional for a long period of time. After an initial consultation we decided to sign up to 6 sessions with Abbey. During these sessions Abbey helped my daughter understand why she had tantrums and how to recognise the feelings building up to the tantrum. She also helped me understand my daughters behaviour and what i could do to help. We discussed relaxation techniques and exercises that may help. Since the sessions have finished we have had almost no tantrums and my daughter is much more relaxed and happy in herself. I understand her more and realise she is not just being naughty. I am so glad we went to Abbey and can't thank her enough!’

Mrs E, daughter age 10, Difficulties managing her anger and behaviour

Abbey has been worth her weight in gold with helping my son. He has Dyspraxia, Hypertonia and hyper-mobility. He struggled so much and is now finding himself able to do things like tie his laces and writing which he previously struggled with. Abbey has built his confidence, she adapts to his moods and is very patient with him. "

Mrs M, son age 7, Hypotonia, hypermobility and Dyspraxia

‘After using abbey for a short period of time we have noticed a significant difference in many aspects of our child's behaviour and attitude. She is understanding, kind and encouraging. She uses inventive strategies and always works to get the best results in a fun and engaging manner. Highly recommended! ‘

Mrs O, son age 8, Dyslexia and difficulties managing his mood swings

‘Our daughter has finished one course of sessions with Abbey and we were so pleased with them we have just started another.
From the assessment onwards Abbey has been very professional and thorough while at the same time being sensitive and friendly. She is always thinking of new ideas to work on and provides excellent feedback as well as strategies we can use at home. We feel Abbey goes way beyond the session with the effort she puts in.
Going to her session with Abbey is one of the highlights of the week for our daughter, she finds the room very calming and has developed a wonderful bond where she can tell Abbey anything and opens up to her about her feelings which was one of the difficulties we were having at home. When she comes out of her session she is happy and you can see how much her self-esteem has grown.
I am so glad we went to Abbey as I’m not sure where else we could of got the help we needed in such a friendly manner. My daughter will miss her very much when we leave the island.’

Mrs H, daughter age 7, Social skills and managing emotions

‘Abbey was very welcoming and my son took to her immediately. She is very knowledgable about such a range of childhood issues and was able to explain each aspect of his behavioural issues to me very clearly. Abbey was able to determine possible triggers and potential solutions to help us. She made such a positive difference to us and we can't thank her enough.’

Mrs J, son age 5, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Honest and unedited written feedback from clients. Pseudonyms have been used to protect clients identity.

citizentribune.com 03/11/2017

Fidgets can enhance concentration, provide calming for special needs students

Another article I can share when I try and persuade people that fidgeting is a good thing!!

citizentribune.com SIOUX CITY | The pink putty, rubber bouncy balls and a stretchy purple centipede resting on a wooden table in occupational therapist Kristin Hightree's therapy room at Mercy Medical Center's

beta.bps.org.uk 30/10/2017

The rise of ADHD: An educational psychology perspective | BPS Beta Site

I’ve unfortunately seen this a few times. The recommendation of medication should not come before speaking to any other professionals involved or looking at behavioural strategies.

beta.bps.org.uk October has been Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Awareness Month. Past chair of our Division of Educational Psychology (DECP), Vivian Hill, gives her thoughts on rising ADHD rates and the role of educational psychologists.

independent.co.uk 18/10/2017

Decoding the mysteries of a child’s developing brain

independent.co.uk It’s back-to-school season. Parents mark their youngsters’ height on the wall and marvel at how much they’ve grown – but what’s going on just below the pencil line in that child’s brain? We know brain development continues from infancy to adulthood, but many parents underestimate how much a child’s…

29/09/2017

The Sensory Spectrum

Dr. Temple Grandin, a well-known figure for Autism, talks about what is means to have sensory issues.

http://www.thesensoryspectrum.com/dr-temple-grandin-sensory-issues-and-sensitivity/

[09/29/17]   Hi to my new likers. Please message me with any questions or enquiries. No such thing as a silly question!

31/08/2017

Nicola

Sensory sensitivities friendly shoes in clarks

I have just spent the last 10 minutes sobbing in my local clarks as they have just launched shoes for autistic / children with sensory problems, which are as light as a feather have no extra textures, Velcro fastening even for adult sizes, soft insoles etc.... for the last god knows how many years I have dreaded shoe shopping with my eldest son (11) even getting his feet measured is a complete nightmare. Today I walked in with my usual look of dread and the sales assistant who has helped us over the years put her arm around me and Said 'I think I may have the answer this year - he won't be in sketchers and will have waterproof school shoes' She brought them out and for the 1st time in my memory my son reluctantly (after a lot of persuasion) put them on and then started running and jumping around the store smiling! I broke down, my 10 year old daughter started crying too (saying that no shoe had hit my head) as did the sales assistant!!!! I can't explain how I feel but emotional is a start x Thankyou Clarks, these are the 1st correctly fitted shoe he's had in over 4 years.

lemonlimeadventures.com 15/08/2017

The Real Difference Between Tantrums and Meltdowns

http://lemonlimeadventures.com/the-real-difference-between-tantrums-and-meltdowns/

lemonlimeadventures.com Have you ever wondered the difference between tantrums and meltdowns. Not sure how you are supposed to react to your child when they start to have overwhelming behaviors? Are you baffled by what's really happening with your child? 

kidsplayspace.com.au 12/08/2017

Sensory Processing and Scissor Skills – A Surprising Link

http://www.kidsplayspace.com.au/sensory-processing-and-scissor-skills-surprising-link/

kidsplayspace.com.au Sensory Processing and Scissor Skills – A Surprising Link June 22, 2016 By Anna 16 Comments (This post contains Affiliate links) ‘Cutting’ is a highly complex activity (occupation). Being competent and confident grasping and manipulating scissors relies on many underlying skills, including fine moto...

theinspiredtreehouse.com 10/08/2017

Oral Sensory Snack Ideas for Kids - The Inspired Treehouse

Alerting foods to wake those lethargic, hard to motivate kids up!

theinspiredtreehouse.com Here are some awesome oral sensory snack ideas for kids.  These are perfect for after school or homework time, to make as a cooking activity in the classroom, or to pack as a snack or lunch option! This post contains affiliate links.  Read more. For many kids, a sure-fire way to help them regulate t...

yourtherapysource.com 07/08/2017

26 Calming Strategies for the Classroom - Your Therapy Source

Similar to the key rings I've made clients before so they can always have useful strategies to hand

yourtherapysource.com Back to school time can be a wonderful, exciting time for some students and a frustrating, new experience for other students.  School based therapists can help students develop strategies from a sensory motor perspective to remain calm when they get angry or frustrated  A new, huge collection of vis...

06/08/2017

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Managing anger appropriately is something I've worked on a lot with my clients. Sometimes it's as simple as teaching alternative ways of expression and helping children recognise and label their feelings.

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lancasteronline.com 01/08/2017

lancasteronline.com

An American article but still interesting opinions. The importance of tummy time is yet again discussed.

lancasteronline.com

besttoys4toddlers.com 27/07/2017

How Sensory Play Benefits Language Development - Best Toys 4 Toddlers

besttoys4toddlers.com One of the best things about playing through sensory exploration is the benefit to many different areas of development!

[07/17/17]   Lovely feedback from just a handful of my clients:

Honest and unedited written feedback from clients. Pseudonyms have been used to protect clients identity.

‘After using abbey for a short period of time we have noticed a significant difference in many aspects of our child's behaviour and attitude. She is understanding, kind and encouraging. She uses inventive strategies and always works to get the best results in a fun and engaging manner. Highly recommended! ‘

Mrs O, son age 8, Dyslexia and difficulties managing his mood swings

‘Our daughter has finished one course of sessions with Abbey and we were so pleased with them we have just started another.
From the assessment onwards Abbey has been very professional and thorough while at the same time being sensitive and friendly. She is always thinking of new ideas to work on and provides excellent feedback as well as strategies we can use at home. We feel Abbey goes way beyond the session with the effort she puts in.
Going to her session with Abbey is one of the highlights of the week for our daughter, she finds the room very calming and has developed a wonderful bond where she can tell Abbey anything and opens up to her about her feelings which was one of the difficulties we were having at home. When she comes out of her session she is happy and you can see how much her self-esteem has grown.
I am so glad we went to Abbey as I’m not sure where else we could of got the help we needed in such a friendly manner. My daughter will miss her very much when we leave the island.’

Mrs H, daughter age 7, Social skills and managing emotions

‘Abbey was very welcoming and my son took to her immediately. She is very knowledgable about such a range of childhood issues and was able to explain each aspect of his behavioural issues to me very clearly. Abbey was able to determine possible triggers and potential solutions to help us. She made such a positive difference to us and we can't thank her enough.’

Mrs J, son age 5, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

‘Abbey has been worth her weight in gold with helping my son. He has Dyspraxia, Hypertonia and hyper-mobility. He struggled so much and is now finding himself able to do things like tie his laces and writing which he previously struggled with. Abbey has built his confidence, she adapts to his moods and is very patient with him. "

Mrs M, son age 7, Hypotonia, hypermobility and Dyspraxia

‘I asked Abbey to help me and my daughter as she had regular tantrums and was emotional for a long period of time. After an initial consultation we decided to sign up to 6 sessions with Abbey. During these sessions Abbey helped my daughter understand why she had tantrums and how to recognise the feelings building up to the tantrum. She also helped me understand my daughters behaviour and what i could do to help. We discussed relaxation techniques and exercises that may help. Since the sessions have finished we have had almost no tantrums and my daughter is much more relaxed and happy in herself. I understand her more and realise she is not just being naughty. I am so glad we went to Abbey and can't thank her enough!’

Mrs E, daughter age 10, Difficulties managing her anger and behaviour

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