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Many children with learning difficulties will have Sensory processing difficulties, so may struggle with everyday experiences of movement, touch, sound, vision, taste and smell. They will either over or under respond which will affect their ability to integrate or tolerate different environments and people up close. Consequently these youngsters will often be on high alert which can lead to outbursts and melt downs. Many children display sensory behaviours such as mouthing non edible objects, rocking or pacing, lying over surfaces in an effort to self-regulate.

We will design individual short 20 minute sensory programmes to target the child’s area of need and address their sensory processing problems. Working with your TA’s we will train them how to implement specific activities to engage and support the child.

With some children the programmes can be integrated into their daily routine for example soft play, PE especially if staff availability is limited.

Programmes will be reviewed regularly to ensure the child is benefitting and progressing in order to up-grade the activities.

Our therapist can use equipment available in your school and advise on the most cost effective and user friendly equipment for school to purchase.

The aim

Is to reduce inappropriate behaviours and facilitate the child’s self- regulation to access classroom activities.

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Our therapists at Tree Tops are passionate about working with educational staff to grow their knowledge and skills. School staff will be trained and supported when learning to work with children affected by sensory and motor difficulties to integrate the programmes designed for them.

Many children with learning difficulties will have sensory processing difficulties, causing them to struggle with every day experiences like movement and sound. We will assess and design individual programmes and work with teachers on how to implement these into children's routines.

Tree Tops believe all young children benefit from our therapeutic activities and interventions. Whilst we can provide programmes for developmentally delayed children, an integrated approach into the nursery environment ensures no children are overlooked.


"Through structure and pushing the boundaries each week we saw a huge change in our son’s relationships with adults and other children. Asking our son about the experience he will tell you that he loves attending Tree Tops because it’s fun and exciting and he can wrestle with the bear in Reception."

"The Think Sensory Not Behaviour Training helped me to think of the underlying cause of many of the behaviours we see in Nursery and lots of positive strategies we can use to prevent them and support individual children.”

"I feel enormously inspired and passionate about implementing strategies to support a wide range of needs for children in our school. I'm excited to work alongside the Tree Tops team!"

Children's Occupational Therapy North East

Tree Tops Occupational Therapy Ltd are an established service with an outstanding reputation for children's occupational therapy and sensory integration expertise.  

Based in County Durham and Stockton, we work in partnership with families, schools and health professionals across the North East to make a difference to children’s lives by improving their ability to achieve as well as their general happiness and wellbeing.

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Please get in touch with us if you have any queries about our services, we are always here to help.

Tel: 01325 304 411


Aycliffe Clinic
Eldon Road
Newton Aycliffe
Co Durham

Stockton Clinic
46 Durham Road
TS19 0BS

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