Butterflies Children's Occupational Therapist Leeds

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Hi! My name is Jenny Stephenson, owner of Butterflies children’s occupational therapy.  Thank you for taking the time to look at my website and what l have to offer.


Some brief history of myself; I discovered occupational therapy whilst trekking for 4 days with an experienced occupational therapist through northern Thailand in 2004.  I went on to qualify as an Occupational Therapist in 2009 with a MSc. (Pre-Registration) Occupational Therapy from Leeds Metropolitan University. I live in Leeds and have a small family consisting of a husband, two small children and two cats.


I have a broad range of experience both in adult mental health and children’s occupational therapy services. I have experience of working with children and young adults who had been admitted to hospital wards, working in the community in schools, child development centres, health centres, and families homes. I am pleased to now deliver private children’s occupational therapy in Leeds.  


I work with children and young adults aged 0-19 years and with a broad range of conditions/difficulties including, cerebral palsy, developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD), autistic spectrum disorders (ASD), developmental delay, sensory needs and fine motor difficulties. 


Within mainstream schools I have experience of supporting children to access the curriculum by providing advice and support to teachers and pupils around children’s handwriting skills, meeting any sensory needs in the classroom, assessment of equipment to meet children’s needs and moving and handling advice. 


My main goal as an occupational therapist is to support families and children in anyway that l can.  I do this by being a therapist who provides a holistic, personalised and flexible approach.  I am a friendly, approachable and reliable occupational therapist who strongly believes in getting to know the children/families to make sure their needs are met.  I use problem solving skills to plan suitable therapeutic intervention (through play and activity) to meet children’s goals to enable as independent functioning as possible to ensure positive well being for all involved. 


I enjoy leaning and find it invaluable as a therapist.  I am very interested in learning about new approaches for treatment to meet the needs of the children and their families.  Recent continuing professional development (CPD) includes completion of;

· MAES therapy approach training (2018) and refresher (2019), 

· Trained to teach, Paws.b Mindfulness in school project (2018).

· Sensory Integration Network: PGCert Sensory Practitioner Status Completion of Modules 1 & 2 (of 3) (2018).

· The Chailey Approach to Postural Management (2018). 


Professional Recognition

  • 2009 - MSc (Pre Registration) Occupational Therapy.
  • Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC)–Full Registration OTN 59184.
  • British Association of Occupational Therapists and Collage of Occupational Therapists BT0239175.
  • Completion of a World Federation of Occupational Therapists Course.
  • I have a current Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate and am signed up to the update service