What is LNOTA?
LNOTA is specialist occupational therapy service providing help and intervention for people of all ages where there is a neurodevelopmental condition underlying the difficulties a person may be experiencing.
LNOTA works with the whole person and recognises that needs do not always neatly fit into boxes, so there are no upper or lower age limits.
We recognise that issues can arise at home; at school or college; in the work place; when out with friends or joining a club or a group; or just simply trying to participate in normal everyday life.
What is Occupational Therapy?
“Occupational Therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and wellbeing through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement.”
World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT) 2012
Or more simply:
“Occupational therapy enables people to achieve health, well-being and life satisfaction through participation in occupation.”
Royal College of Occupational Therapists 2004
The ‘occupation’ in occupational therapy is all about the everyday activities that people have to do to live happily, safely and allow them to learn and be productive as well as enjoy themselves and be part of their local communities.
Who can LNOTA help?
LNOTA specialises in conditions that are of a neuro-developmental nature and particularly where there are sensory integration issues.
Sensory Integration is all about
“The normal neurological process of taking information from one’s own body and from the environment through the senses, of organising and unifying this information, and using it to plan and execute adaptive responses to different challenges.”
Sensory Integration Information booklet: a resource for parents and therapists SI Network UK and Ireland 2003
When this process is disrupted or does not develop typically people can develop sensory processing difficulties or disorders.
“Sensory processing disorders (SPDs) are impairments in detecting, modulating, interpreting, or responding to sensory stimuli.”
LNOTA seeks to provide assessment, intervention and training for all those people and places that may be impacted by these life-long difficulties and the related disorders.