CASE STUDIES 2018-07-04T17:00:32+00:00


Isobel is a 40 year old lady with a diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. At the time of her referral to Occupational Therapy she had been off work for a significant period of time. She worked in middle management and had always enjoyed her work. She lives with her mother in her own home and has two pet dogs. Isobel had a history of childhood trauma which caused her PTSD. Reason for Referral Isobel was referred to Occupational Therapy by her Mental Health Nurse as she had experienced a sudden decline in her occupational functioning, had been off work [...]

April 16th, 2018|Mental Health|


Sam is a 14 year old boy with Autism and sensory processing difficulties. He lives with his mother and brother and attends a special needs school. Sam was referred to occupational therapy for assessment and support of his behaviours. He jumped and moved constantly throughout the day and had difficulty going to sleep as a result of needing to constantly move. In addition, he was unable to engage in his school work and had difficutly eating. Sam engaged in a number of assessments including formal assessments such as the sensory processing inventory and informal assessments such as interviews with family, [...]

November 1st, 2017|Education|


Ben is a 12 year old boy who lives at home with his mother and older sister.  At the time of referral Ben had been refusing to attend his mainstream secondary school for 11 weeks and had lost any previous roles, habits and routines associated with a school routine. Reason for Referral Ben was referred for an occupational therapy assessment by his mother due to concerns regarding his high levels of anxiety and non-attendance at school.  He had been assessed by the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) but not offered ongoing intervention. Occupational Therapy Assessment An initial assessment [...]

June 17th, 2017|Education|


Anna is a 45 year old lady who experienced her first episode of Psychosis in her late 30s. She lives with her teenage son and husband of 20 years. Anna held a high level position in accounting and had had several episodes off sick in recent years. She had been off work for six months with no return date planned . Reason for Referral Anna was referred to occupational therapy by her Psychiatrist due to a significant deterioration in her activities of daily living, self-care and mood. She often returned to bed for the rest of the day once she [...]

March 15th, 2017|Mental Health|


Emma is 34 years old and lives with her son and daughter aged 11 and 8. She has experienced life-long difficulties regulating her emotions and was diagnosed with a Personality Disorder. There had been a significant increase in symptoms and episodes of self-harm since her marriage ended two years previously. Emma took her role as a mother very seriously and enjoyed looking after her children cooking them a balanced meal every evening and keeping a clean and tidy home. However when her children were visiting their father she was often at her most vulnerable struggling to structure her time and [...]

September 13th, 2016|Mental Health|


Paul is a 40 year old man diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. He has always lived with his parents and remains in the family home. He had maintained an office job for over 15 years but was reliant on his 75 year old mother to drive him to and from work. He experienced intrusive thoughts that his actions have caused, or will cause, harm to others and constantly rechecked his steps or actions. Reason For Referral Paul was referred for occupational therapy by his Consultant Psychiatrist due to concerns regarding his over-reliance on his ageing parents, his limited activities in [...]

July 27th, 2016|Mental Health|


Tina is 20 years old, lives with her grandparents and attends a day centre five days a week. Tina has cerebral palsy which affects all her limbs. She has profound and multiple learning disabilities and currently has no means of consistently communicating with others or interacting with her environment. Reason For Referral Tina was referred for occupational therapy to assess her ability to process visual and auditory (sound) information. The occupational therapist was also asked to look at Tina’s ability to use switches for communication and control her environment. Occupational Therapy Assessment The occupational therapist worked in close collaboration with [...]

December 2nd, 2015|Learning Disabilities|


Mark is 52 years old with a mild learning disability. He has lived in a flat of his own for five years prior to which he lived in both shared and supported living accommodation. He had several moves due to difficulties coping with other people or aspects of the environment such as noise. During this time however he was able to hold down a full time job as a cleaner between 2000 and 2010. Mark used to enjoy listening to music and dancing. He used to meet his father in the pub on a regular basis but no longer wishes [...]

April 15th, 2015|Learning Disabilities|


Paul is a 12 year old boy who lives with his parents and attends a special needs school. He has a moderate learning disability and severe dyspraxia with good verbal communication although he often struggles to co-ordinate his breathing and speaking. Reason For Referral Paul was referred for occupational therapy due to difficulty with daily tasks such as washing, dressing, school work and playing with his peers. He also demonstrated difficult behaviour, shouting and swearing at his parents usually in frustration when asked to do something he had difficulty with. Occupational Therapy Assessment Paul underwent an initial assessment using a [...]

October 31st, 2014|Education|


Julie is 18 years old and has Down’s syndrome. She currently lives with her mother, father and younger sister and attends a special needs Sixth Form College. Reason For Referral Julie’s parents referred her for occupational therapy for support in increasing her self-care skills as she relied heavily on them for self-care tasks such as washing and dressing. Her parents wished for her to become more independent as these issues were beginning to prevent her going away on trips with friends and would be a concern when she wanted to move out of the family home. Occupational Therapy Assessment The [...]

May 27th, 2014|Education|