Can an assessment and recommendations by Thrive OT be used for my child’s Education and Health Care Plan or does the assessment need to be provided by a statutory occupational therapist?

As Independent Occupational Therapists (private) it is our professional duty to provide a fully independent and unbiased assessment and to make recommendations according to the child’s individual needs. We are regulated by the Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC) each holding a unique registration number, and members of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists. Input for an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) or statement can be provided by a private OR statutory occupational therapist. The occupational therapist, regardless of their professional setting, is required to provide recommendations based on the needs of the child and not the resources available. Please see the IPSEA website for Common Myths regarding therapy services and EHCPs.

If a child requires occupational therapy for learning (not related to a health need), it should be included in Part 2 and 3 of the EHC Plan. The responsibility for providing that service then ultimately falls on the Local Authority (LA). 

Please contact IPSEA or SOS!SEN if you have any further questions regarding therapies and the EHCP.

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy is a health profession which aims to facilitate a child’s engagement, participation and performance in every day meaningful activities. We apply theory and evidence to achieve the best outcomes for our clients. Interventions are based on psychological, cognitive, behavioural, neurological, occupational science and sensory integration theory.

For more information go to: www.rcot.co.uk

What are your rates?

Please contact us as our fees are based on the type of service you require. We have subsidised rates for parents and charities.

See current rates


Do you work in or visit my child’s school?

The following is a list of all the schools we work in (2019-2020, and 2020-2021). Our OTS are part of the school team and can be contacted through the school office or via info@thrive-ots.co.uk

Not all children in the school will be actively seen by an OT. Please speak to your class teacher or SENCO to discuss your child’s needs.

Kingsley Learning Foundation: Kingsley Special Academy and The Redkite Academy

Dorothy Goodman (including Cleveland House and The Fusion Academy)

Greenfields School and Sports College

The Redway School

Rowan Gate Primary School (Rushden and Wellingborough)

Purple Oaks Academy

Oracle Care and Education

Walnuts College

Inspire academy trust: Includes The Abbey Primary School, Standards Barn Primary School

Northampton Primary Academy Trust: Includes Ecton Brook Primary School, Lings Primary School, Weston Favel Primary School, East Hunsbury Primary School, Thorplands Primary School, Blackthorn Primary School, Headlands Primary School, Rectory Farm Primary School, Simon de Senlis Primary School, Upton Meadows Primary School.

Thrive OTS also work in many other local schools on an individual basis. SENCOS, parents, outside agencies including Educational Psychologists and Speech Therapists or your GP can contact us to assess your child.

Please get in touch and ask us how we can help:
info@thrive-ots.co.uk or 01604 644537

What our customers say

We love receiving messages like this about a member of our team.

[Also] Carly the OT who came out to [my child’s] school was amazing!!! She gave me some really useful info/knowledge and resources to research. I went away feeling like I had a little clearer understanding of how [my child’s] brain works and how I can further support her. Please pass on my thanks.

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Parent Feedback

Training on embedding The Interoception Curriculum at Red Kite Special Academy in Corby.

“Training was excellent”

“The training was marvellous, really enjoyed it! Keep up the good work”

“You were amazing! The training was so interesting, loved it and cannot wait to try it”

“Such good training, thank you both! Excited to find ways to apply this through the whole school”


Red Kite Special Needs School, Corby



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