Butterflies Children's Occupational Therapy Leeds is able to support families to identify any sensory difficulties their child may having which is having a functional negative impact on their life.
Sensory difficulties can be misunderstood and hard to unpick which is why we complete a detailed assessment of sensory difficulties.
It is important to know (if you do not already) that within the UK sensory processing disorder is not classified and so we are unable to give a formal diagnosis. However, the new DSM-V definition of autism  does include sensory issues as one of the four restricted/repetitive behaviour features defined as “hyper or hypo reactivity to sensory input or unusual interest
in sensory aspects of the environment.”
We are able to complete a full sensory assessment using standardised / non standardised assessments and complete intervention using highly specialist equipment in our therapy space which is based in North Leeds.
Sensory integration therapy is designed to help children and young people develop their sensory processing abilities and to develop strategies to help them cope. The therapy is based on the idea that some people struggle to receive, process and make sense of information provided by the senses. For example, some children and young people are hyper-sensitive (over-sensitive) to some things such as loud noises but hypo-sensitive (under-sensitive) to other things such as pain. Children and young people can also have difficulties with their play, interactions, completing everyday activities due to difficulted with their sensory processing and praxis (ideation, planning and execution of a novel motor movement).
We assess a child and/or young persons sensory difficulties and then develop a personalised treatment programme in which we use the most appropriate techniques and tools to overcome those difficulties. Sensory integration therapy can involve a combination of different elements such as wearing a weighted vest, using sensory integration swings, riding a scooter board, sitting on a bouncy ball, experiencing 'crash and bump' and other similar activities.
We all have different sensory needs. Sensory integration is about how our brain receives and processes sensory information so that we can do the things we need to do in our everyday life. It is a neurological process that occurs within all of us. Children, adolescents and adults with sensory dysfunction may have have the following difficulties which are having a negative impact on their everyday life, such as:
As well as difficulties related to movement and co-ordination, children can also have other problems such as:
Most commonly a high percentage of children with autism, learning disabilities, ADHD, OCD and other developmental delays will have sensory difficulties, alongside other children who do not have a formal diagnosis.
Sensory integration therapy uses play activities in ways designed to change how the brain reacts to touch, sound, sight and movement.
We are able to assess your child using Ayres Sensory Integration approach using sensory assessment and can provide intervention within our dedicated therapy space in North Leeds.
"Jenny has been hugely instrumental in providing my 15 year old daughter with support over 1 year and 5 months. My daughter was initially assessed by Jenny at her premises and at school. The report was extremely detailed and this really opened the door to helping my daughter on how to manage her sensory issues. Jenny is very patient with me asking lots of questions as a concerned parent and extremely positive and understanding. My daughter has really built a strong bond of trust with Jenny and all the sessions have been hugely beneficial. I really believe that without the skilled help of an Occupational Therapist like Jenny, my daughter would not be in the positive position she is in today. Jenny also guided us in the right direction for an autism assessment, which I am pleased to say has recently taken place. We will still happily reach out Jenny in the future, as my daughter absolutely loves Jenny’s sessions and always leaves with a smile on her face"
Mrs R, May 2023
Ayres Sensory Integration (ASI)Therapy Studio
We are very excited to announce that we have had a recent update of equipment to continue to provide Ayres Sensory Integration Therapy.
What you need to know
We have a therapy studio based in North Leeds which is in a shared office building. We are based on the first floor with 3 steps to access the main level.
We have kitchen facilities and there are shared toilets with the rest of the building. We also have 3 parking spaces behind our space and there is plenty of street parking on Devonshire Avenue which is 2-3 minutes walk from Devonshire House where we are based.
Before accessing this space you will be asked to complete a risk assessment and complete informed consent to using the equipment. You will not be allowed to start sessions without this being completed.
When arriving you will be asked to take your shoes off (if possible please wear socks) and leave your shoes in a safe space and there is a sofa for parents / main caregivers to sit. We want you to be part of this experience as there is ongoing psycho education to you so that you are also developing your skills and knowledge of this area.
Sensory ladder / diet and emotional regulation Intervention
We use our space to support our clients to build awareness and understanding of what is happening inside their bodies, what emotions this may link to and what actions to take to self regulate. These are created as part of the ASI intervention or can be a separate piece of work which takes place over 6 weeks (dependent on the person).
Other Important Information
All sessions are 45 minutes face to face with a break in the middle for regulation (if needed) so please bring a snack and a drink. There will be time to review and ask questions.
After each session the room is cleaned with anti bacterial spray before the next client comes in.
We also complete a deep clean of the room routinely.
There may be traces of nuts within the studio and within the building - Please make sure we are informed if you or your child have a nut allergy.
'The ball pit is the biggest and deepest ever seen, my Mum liked it so much she came in too'
'The roller-slide is bumpy and fun'
N September 2022
You may of heard of Developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD). This has been suggested to be a subcomponent of praxis difficulties meaning it could be linked to a dysfunctional sensory foundation (as discussed above). In some cases there are children who have a functional sensory foundation and have difficulties with the pure motor components of completing an activity, and who would require a different approach for intervention.
Butterflies Occupational Therapy will complete a comprehensive assessment based on your young persons / adolescents everyday difficulties.
If required we have the Movement Assessment Battery for Children 2 (MABC2) which is the gold standard in testing, which would be used alongside sensory assessments (standardised and non-standardised). The MABC2 can be completed for children aged 3-16 years old. From there a formal report would be written which can be shared with relevant agencies as well as a plan of recommended intervention.
These sessions work well in school in which it is difficult to engage the pupils due to their difficulties.
This approach is blended with environment assessment, classroom observation and standardised assessment tools.
Sensory Processing Difficulties assessment is completed with the children who can engage with a more formal assessment structure.
Current research is suggesting that praxis challenges can have a detrimental affect on behaviour. If demands are too high for a student their arousal levels will increase and their behaviour can decrease. This can impact on their ability to access education, self esteem and mental health. We provide specialist input and training to schools and staff to support students with this.