About

Occupational Therapy Essex is an independent occupational therapy practice specialising in working with children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)/Dyspraxia, Hypermobility, Developmental Delay and those with handwriting difficulties.

Assessment and intervention is usually provided at schools in Essex, Havering and Thurrock or at a community venue in Brentwood.

Every family or school can expect a personalised service and individual attention.  Goals are set to meet each individual’s priorities and are worked towards within agreed timescales.  If it is felt that a child’s needs can be better met elsewhere information will be provided and alternatives will be suggested.

Fees are set according to the time, expertise and resources required to provide a professional service.  This includes face-to-face time as well as report writing, liaison with others, planning and travel.  Discounts are available for regular contracts.

For more information or a no obligation quotation please contact Lead Occupational Therapist Abi Johnson


Abi Johnson

Abi Johnson

Lead Occupational Therapist

Abi graduated in 1999 with a BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy from Brunel University, London.  Post-graduate NHS work experience includes working with adults in a variety of Mental Health settings and Orthopaedics.  She started working with children in the NHS in 2001 and a second maternity break in 2009 led to a change in direction to embark on private practice.

Areas of particular interest include working with children with coordination disorders, hypermobility, handwriting difficulties and anxiety.

Abi is Disclosure and Barring Service Checked (previously CRB), Health and Care Professions Council registered (OT30273) and Insured.

Professional affiliations include membership of the British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT) and College of Occupational Therapists specialist sections relating to Children (RCOTSS-CYPF) and Independent Practice (RCOTSS-IP).

Abi is a member of The Dyspraxia Foundation, The National Handwriting Association (NHA) and The Hypermobility Syndromes Association.  She is registered as a Handwriting Tutor with the NHA.

 

Natasha Blood

Occupational Therapist

Natasha graduated in 2013 with a BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy from the University of East Anglia.  She works part-time in the Occupational Therapy Essex team and part-time at a local school for children with communication difficulties.  She previously worked in the NHS children’s services in Kent.  Natasha enjoys working with children who have coordination and handwriting difficulties and has level 3 Sensory Integration Training.  Natasha has experience providing regular OT services to mainstream primary and secondary schools, she also sees individual children at school and at home.

Natasha is DBS Checked, Health and Care Professions Council registered and insured.  She is a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists and Sensory Integration Network.