SERVICES WE OFFER
You can have sessions at the farm, we can visit you or a combination of the two! Through occupational therapy we help people to overcome barriers to daily living with the help of our animals. Occupational therapy is a person-centred health profession which promotes health and wellbeing through the use of meaningful and purposeful activities.
Whether you are referring yourself, someone you care for, are another service supporting people or are an educational setting looking for support for your students, we can tailor sessions to help you achieve your goals.
All our Occupational Therapists are registered with the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and Health and Care Professions Council.
We’ve helped hundreds of people to achieve their goals
"Arriving for the first time at Dedham Therapy Farm, we knew we had found something very special. The staff could not be more welcoming and friendly and the farm animals and dogs are simply lovely to be around. It is a real haven of tranquillity tucked away from the hubbub of daily life, and with the knowledge and expertise of the staff, along with their natural intuitiveness and kind, step by step approach, they offer a highly individualised therapeutic experience that helps build confidence, independence and skills for life. We would highly recommend Dedham Therapy Farm to any family needing that extra little bit of gentle support."
What is Occupational Therapy?
“It’s not what’s the matter with you, it’s what matters to you!”
Occupational therapists seem to pop-up everywhere, including hospitals, social services, schools, mental health services and even farms! So what is occupational therapy and why do OTs work in so many different places?
The word ‘occupation’ has a different meaning in OT than normal life. When OTs use it, they mean anything you do that is important to you. So occupational therapy can be better described as “doing therapy” or “therapy through doing”.
But as well as this, OTs also look at how your life situation impacts what you do. So, whilst doctors may help you heal and teachers may help you learn, OTs will look at how your health, neurodiversity or environment affect what you want to do, and help you find ways to do it.
So, OT can be described as “doing things that help people” and “helping people do things”.
Another way it’s been described is: “it’s not what’s the matter with you, it’s what matters to you!”
Dedham Therapy Farm is an exceptional and unique setting for OT because it provides endless opportunities for doing therapeutic activities, which in turn helps people do the things they want when they leave the farm.
WHO CAN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY HELP?
Anyone who has a barrier to their daily living. We currently support mental health, learning disabilities, autism, anxiety and phobias. You can self refer or refer on behalf of a family member, or be referred by social services, school teachers or senco, support worker, carer, Occupational Therapist, GP, any health professionals.
WHAT MIGHT BE INVOLVED?
We personalise every plan for the specific needs of the person. Whether it's help with communication, social cues, sensory skills, self-confidence, stress relief, empathy, teamwork or you just want to learn a new skill, we have the expertise to help you. Some of the tasks involved may include:
Feeding the animals
Animal husbandry tasks
Dog walking & training
Grooming & training the animals
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