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Alison Harris is the lead Occupational Therapist (OT) for the Local Therapy Company Ltd based in Derby.

“I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1984 (Derby). Immediately post qualification, I worked for the NHS in community mental health. In 1993, I moved on to working with adults with learning disabilities in Amber Valley, Derbyshire. In 1996 I started working with children. I have always worked in community settings and have considerable experience in mainstream & special schools in the Midlands.

In April 2006, The Local Therapy Company was launched, providing an independent Occupational Therapy service. Our training branch also commenced and Janet Taylor now works alongside me as associate trainer, providing training days on special educational needs subjects for education staff, clinicians and parents.”

We have links with physiotherapists, speech & language therapists, teachers and & Educational Psychologists. If we are unable to assist you ourselves, we will be able to signpost you to another service.

Occupational Therapists work with people of all ages helping them to carry out activities that they need or want to do in order to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. Occupational Therapists aim to enable people to achieve as much as they can for themselves, so they so they can get the most out of life.

The Local Therapy Company offers assessments and treatment for a wide range of needs: Assessment can be carried out as a direct request from the individual or parent in the case of a child. Assessment may also be requested by a Case Manager, SENCO or Head Teacher, a GP or Paediatrician.

The Local Therapy Company is registered under data protection. All Occupational Therapy assessment and treatment is insured by specialist professional insurance cover.

Any Occupational Therapist employed with The Local Therapy Company will have an enhanced criminal records bureau check.

All Local Therapy Company Occupational Therapists are State Registered and exceed the minimum requirements for qualifications and experience for independent practice.