About Learning Disability Occupational Therapist Consultants

At Learning Disability OT Consultants (LDOT) we work with children, young people and adults who have a learning disability or difficulty, across the UK. We support individuals, families, service providers, local authorities, health (including Continuing Healthcare (CHC) and legal teams through our specialist assessment process. As Specialist Occupational Therapists within the field of learning disabilities, we know how complex it can be to access the right support at the right time. Our aim is to ensure that those with learning disabilities live a fulfilling life, whilst achieving their optimum health and well-being through meaningful and purposeful occupations from being able to be supported effectively in their own home, catch a bus to go to work to ensuring that the correct equipment is prescribed and being utilised safely.

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Sensory Integration Assessment & Treatment

Referral’s for children and/or adults who may have autism or attachment-related difficulties impacting upon sensory processing will be accepted. Referrals can come directly from parents, CCG’s, NHS, schools and local authorities departments which could include: looked after children or adoption teams.

Assessment may involve: 

  • Interview and assessment history 
  • Completion of a variety of sensory profiles or measures in different environmental settings home, school clubs for comparison
  • Structured and/or un-structured clinical observations
  • Specialist Assessments e.g. Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) and/or VMI (Visual Motor Integration) testing

The outcome of the combined assessment tools will inevitably guide the treatment for the child or adult which might include:

  • ASI (Ayre’s sensory Integration) therapy 
  • Sensory based strategies
  • Sensory diet
  • Emotional regulation
  • Sensory ladders

Following assessment and/ or treatment a comprehensive report can be completed to evidence and underpin any EHCP recommendations that need to be implemented for the child.

Prices will be discussed prior to assessment.

Funding can be acquired through a variety of sources;

  • Health – CCG
  • Education – LA
  • ASF – adoption services fund
  • Looked after children – LA
  • Self-funding
  • EHCP needs – LA and CCG
  • Schools
  • Private Insurance policies
  • Some charities may subsidise
  • Using awarded PIP
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Our Services

Equipment

Sometimes due to funding restrictions individuals or providers have to purchase much needed equipment to manage their needs. We can support and advise you where to source funding and complete funding applications. Know more

Clinical Assessment
An Occupational Therapy assessment can provide you with the clinical professional opinion for evidencing equipment to manage both health and social care needs in which we are trained to complete. Know more

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Training
We offer training to support workers and teams who wish to further develop their knowledge and skills base of how best to support individuals on a day to day basis with a learning disability. Know more
We offer group Learning Disability training tailored to your company needs…
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LDOT Case Studies

Needs Analysis

I was contacted by a solicitor who was the clients deputy. Client had no family hence the decision to appoint a representative to act in their best interest. The solicitor asked me toRead More...

Replacement Equipment

We were contacted by a parent of a young learning disabled adult 20 years of age who has profound and multiple learning disabilities. Since leaving children’s services the young adult had notRead More...

Local Authorities

We have completed extensive work for a large local authority within the learning disabilities team. When the team evolved it was recognised specifically appointed LD social workers would be better placed toRead More...

Seating Assessment

We were approached by Chc, Who requested a 2nd opinion in relation to a clients seating needs. Initial assessment by Chc seating assessor identified no seating needs for client. Clients family had challenged thisRead More...

 

I have worked with Debbie Bissell for a long time Debbie has always been very professional and thorough in everything she does. It has always been a pleasure to work together and I look forward to continuing to work with Debbie for years to come.Steve Parker PearsonArea Sales Manager, Disable Aids (Cannock) Ltd
I had the pleasure of working with Debbie for 3 years recently and still regularly liaise with her for professional advice. She is the most knowledgeable and talented Occupational Therapist I have worked with. Her person centred and multi faceted approach to assessing and goal planning ensure great outcomes for all clients, particularly those with Sensory Processing Disorder. Debbie takes the time to understand the roles of her colleagues when joint working and her continued desire and drive to learn more and educate others make her the practitioner she is today: intuitive; empowering; and above all person centred. I would work alongside her again in a heartbeatKellie TimminsIndependent Senior Social Worker & Best Interest Assessor,