Plus, featuring our Spotlight On: Osteopathy & Physical Training for Children & Adults
Introducing our new services and recruits
Whole Child Therapy provide multi-disciplinary therapy under one roof. We believe this is the most effective and beneficial way to treat and support your child. We have therefore introduced some new services which are outlined below. Your therapist will be happy to advise you on the benefits of these new therapies.
Meet Harriet: our new Play Therapist
Play is vital to every child - to their social, emotional, cognitive, physical, creative and language development. It solidifies learning for all young people, including those for whom verbal communication may be difficult.
Play Therapy helps children in a variety of ways:
- Children receive emotional support and can learn to understand more about their own feelings and thoughts.
- They may re-enact or play out traumatic or difficult life experiences to make sense of their past and cope better with their future.
- Children may also learn to manage relationships and conflicts in more appropriate ways.
Play therapy can reduce anxiety and raise self-esteem, and can more specifically - change behaviour and improve relations with family and friends.
Harriet uses positive psychology to build upon your child's strengths, so maximizing their learning and helping them reach their full potential.
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Meet Tea: our new Nutritional Therapist for Children and Adults, plus pre-and post natal pregnancy
Nutritional therapy aims to detoxify the body, determine what it needs and nourish it accordingly. Tea does not focus any one single ailment, but assesses the whole body to properly understand the problems behind your difficulties. Many conditions and health complaints can be treated by dietary changes and naturopathic treatments.
Tea can treat digestive disorders, food Intolerances and allergies, skin conditions, asthma, anxiety and depression, headaches, sleep disorders, fatigue and ME.
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Meet Stephanie: our new Educational & Child Psychologist
Stephanie helps parents, teaching staff and other keys adults to understand how a child thinks, learns and communicates.
Stephie has a special interest in wellbeing and mental health, attachment, early years and gifted education. She uses positive psychology in supporting you to build upon your child's strengths, maximize their learning and help them reach their full potential.
Stephie also works part-time in the Paediatric Neuropsychology department at St Thomas Hospital, where she focuses on children with Neurological problems.
Meet Amy: our new Occupational Therapist
Amy gained her Occupational Therapy Diploma in 2015, developing her skills in a variety of practice placements, including care of the elderly, Accident and Emergency, Neurology and Paediatrics.
Since qualifying she has worked with children with varying conditions, including Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorders, Global delay, Developmental delay, Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, gross and fine motor skills and handwriting. She whole -heartedly believes in the difference Occupational Therapy can make to a young person's life.
Meet Ben: our new Office Manager
If you have recently visited, emailed or called the clinic you will have had the pleasure of meeting Ben, the latest addition to the WCT Admin team. He cycles 2 hours a day, 5 days a week to be with us - now that's commitment!
Oreo: our therapy dog
And last but not least, arguably the cutest member of the team - our Mascot Oreo. She is in a therapy dog and is the clinic three days a week. Drop by and say 'woof'.
Spotlight on Osteopathy
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment suitable for a wide range of medical conditions. It is a holistic approach, which believes that an individual's well being depends on balance and integration of the musculoskeletal, nervous and visceral (internal organs) systems as well as the more subtle cranial rhythms.
Using a range of manual techniques such as physical manipulation, stretching, massage and gentle cranial techniques, the aim of osteopathic treatment is to restore balance to the body allowing it to heal itself.
Changes in your structure - by injury, faulty posture, etc. - eventually affect your function. Equally function affects structure - poor posture over time affects the neck and back mechanics. This relationship applies to the vascular, immune, organ and neurological systems as well as your body framework.
Osteopaths commonly treat musculo-skeletal problems such as: back and neck pain; pain during pregnancy, joint problems including hip, knee, ankle, foot, shoulder, elbow and wrist; sciatica and other nerve pain. Patients have also found osteopathy helpful for conditions such as headaches, digestive issues, circulatory problems, neuralgia and problems sleeping, amongst others.
Spotlight on Paedeatric Musculoskeletal Therapy, developing strength & co-ordination
As adults, we create muscular imbalances in our daily lives through poor posture or we create problems through sudden bursts of activity like running for the bus.
Our bodies are designed to move, to be dynamic and active, and we have over 650 muscles to help us be as fit as possible.
Justin works alongside the osteopaths and occupational therapists to help children improve muscle strength, tone, flexibility, balance and endurance so they can achieve everyday tasks and better long-term functional results.
Justin will look at the muscles that help improve your child's posture and core stability, at how they move, at what muscles are being active or lazy and could create imbalance throughout the rest of the body. Sometimes all that is needed is gentle guidance to help the body work at its best.
Justin's background is personal training and his focus is on improving function and movement of the muscles and increasing range of motion around a joint. Justin will soon qualify as a chiropractor specialising in paediatrics.
Recipe of the Month by Tea Novo
Free from processed sugar, gluten and lactose
When I was a child, this used to be my favourite cake. I still get excited at the thought of biting into an indulgent combination of chocolate and coconut, so satisfying and completely addictive. I think these luscious squares are even better cold, when the chocolate penetrates the sponge, settles, and becomes firm but slightly sticky. Inside, they should remain moist but dense, with a good bite. It's a sweet heaven.
I hope I have done my Mum justice and made them taste as good gluten, sugar and lactose free.
(Makes a tray roughly A4 size, about 15 squares)
For the sponge:
- 2 eggs
- 100g gluten free self-raising flour (if you don't have this then use 100g of rice flour, with 1 TBSP of baking soda and a pinch of xanthan gum if you have it)
- 50g fine polenta flour
- 50g butter or coconut oil
- 100g desiccated coconut
- 4 TBSP maple syrup (or date syrup)
- 30ml coconut or nut milk
For the chocolate coating:
- 50g cocoa
- 50g chocolate solids
- 15ml of coconut milk
- 4 TBSP of maple (or date) syrup
- 100g of desecrated coconut
Beat the eggs with maple syrup. Combine flour, butter, coconut and nut milk, then add the eggs. Pour the mixture into a square deepish baking tray, lined with parchment paper and bake for 30 minutes on 170 degrees.
Whilst the sponge is in the oven, make the coating. Put all the ingredients together in a heatproof dish over a pan of simmering water, until melted.
Once the sponge out of the oven, let it cool for 20 minutes then cut into squares. Dip each square into the melted chocolate, and then roll in the desiccated coconut.