Frequently Asked Questions

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY BERMUDA

Frequently Asked Questions

We aim to address frequently raised inquiries about our services. Should you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to us here. Every case is unique, and our assistance is always available to support you.

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What is exactly is an occupational therapist?

An occupational therapist, or O.T., is a health professional that helps children do what they want, need or love to do. If a child has difficulty with any of their daily activities or “occupations” an O.T. will be able to help. This could mean helping a child with challenges at school such as handwriting or copying from the board, playing with friends, or being more successful with coordination for physical activity. In a nutshell, an O.T. promotes safety and independence with skills for learning and living.

Occupational therapy is a science based health and social care profession which is regulated by the Bermuda Health Council. An occupational therapist must be registered in Bermuda to be able to practice on the island. Occupational therapists in Bermuda must have a degree from an accredited university.

Do I need a referral?

No, a referral is not necessary for your child or adolescent to receive occupational therapy assessment or treatment. Referrals, however, are welcomed from doctors, learning support teachers, physiotherapists, speech therapists or other health and educational professionals.

Referrals can help to streamline the assessment process and build co ordinated care where needed. Reports from other specialists within 6 months of occupational therapy involvement are also helpful.

How do I book an appointment?

You can make contact via telephone on (441) 732 8999 or email message juliefarnsworthot@gmail.com.
I will then reach out to you to set up a Zoom call to learn more about how I may be able to help your child.

Paperwork for consent and insurance purposes will follow. An intake form will also be sent out at this time.

Is it covered by insurance?

Yes, occupational therapy is covered by insurance. ARGUS, BF & M, Colonial (CG) and GEHI all offer coverage. The rates per insurance provider vary and the rates themselves may change at the start of your insurance providers financial year.

Please reach out to your insurance provider to determine what coverage your child has. This may vary in amount covered and duration of coverage.

What does my child need to wear to a session?

Anything they will feel comfortable in for gentle physical exercise. Tee shirt, shorts, tracksuit bottoms, leggings, skirt or dress/tunic with shorts underneath.

Does JOTS do community, home or school visits?

Yes O.T. visits outside of the office are available, although the rates do increase a little to allow for travel time and cost.

Are group sessions available?

Yes. Group sessions are offered in two ways.

Firstly, bespoke groups. This is where children with similar needs can be treated together in a small group of 2 or three at JOTS. Larger groups would need to be accommodated at school or in the community.

Secondly, various themed groups are run over the course of the academic year. Please check the JOTS group sessions calendar  to scope out what is currently on offer.

You can register your interest by emailing juliefarnsworthot@gmail.bm. Groups maybe ‘open’ or ‘closed’ depending on the theme. Numbers may also be limited.

Can JOTS provide presentations?

JOTS is able to provide presentations on a range of topics to nursery school teachers, schools, doctors’ offices, multi-disciplinary teams or charities.

Presentations can contribute towards professional development hours and certificates are available.

Presentations are also available for parents, parent and tot groups and for general interest. Please check out these topics which may be of interest.

Is there a cancellation policy?

Yes. A 50 % cancellation fee will be applied for missed appointments/no shows and cancellations that are within 24 hours of a scheduled appointment.

As a child friendly business it is understood that unexpected illnesses and accidents happen. JOTS maintains the right to apply discretion to wave fees in these cases.

What is your schedule of fees?

Please email or call to enquire about rates. Assessment rates vary depending on the number of assessments carried out with your child and the length of time needed to score, interpret and write a report. Treatment rates vary depending on the location and duration of the session.

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EXPERTISE, DEDICATION & FLEXIBILITY

Why Choose Us?

  Passionate and Professional

I am passionate about what I do and keep up to date with practice through reading current literature, attending courses and participating in professional supervision.

  Empowering Young People

I love to empower children, adolescents and young adults with new and adaptive skills for learning and living.

  Experienced

I have been working as an occupational therapist for over 20 years. I work with toddlers through to teens, as well as young adults.

  Excellent Reputation

JOTS Occupational Therapy started in March 2023 and have an excellent reputation throughout Bermuda and we have been growing ever since so you know you are in safe hands.

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BENEFITS OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Who Is This For?

Children may benefit from Occupational Therapy if they have difficulties with:

Anxiety with writing – in general and in examinations.

Anxious/Picky eating

Clumsiness/Poor coordination

Concentration; attention; impulse control

Fine motor delays; dysgraphia; handwriting

Organisational skills

Sensory Processing

Self-Regulation (emotional and / or sensory)

Visual Motor and Visual Perceptual skills

Structure to day and independence with daily activities (dressing, bathing, eating)

Are you concerned about your child’s development?

Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s development.  We can help them develop or regain skills to get them doing what they want, need or love to do.

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