Connect Specialist Therapy Services

Discover more about Connect Specialist Therapy Services, an Independent Occupational Therapy Service specialising in Sensory Integration Therapy. We receive referrals from parents, carers, school, General Practitioners, Social Workers, Psychologists and any other professional such as Physiotherapist with the consent of the parent/carers.

About Connect Specialist Therapy Services

Connect is an Independent Occupational Therapy Service specialising in Sensory Integration Therapy to underpin service delivery.

We can assess and treat children and young people aged 0-25 years across the Yorkshire region. We can receive referrals from parents, carers, school, General Practitioners, Social Workers, Psychologists and any other professional such as Physiotherapist with the consent of the parent/carers.

Occupation is the central focus of therapy and hinges its belief that occupations are meaningful within the context of an individual’s life. For children and young people their primary occupations are play, school and activities of daily living [including washing, dressing and feeding]. Connect is passionate about supporting individuals who have difficulties completing these functional activities within their everyday lives and strives to provide a family centred approach to enhance the lives of children and young people. We understand how having sensory processing difficulties can impact on the whole family; therefore, we are flexible throughout service delivery to ensure needs are met to a high standard with compassion, care and autonomy.

“Creating Connections that Last a Lifetime” is our aim. We believe that by providing the most appropriate support to meet the identified needs and making positive changes in childhood can impact on the child/young person for the rest of their lives.

About Scarlett Leedham

Scarlett Leedham qualified as an Occupational Therapist BSc (Hons) from York St John University in 2009, gaining a Post-Graduate Certificate in Sensory Integration in 2012. Training includes; The Alert Programme, Is It Sensory or Is It Behaviour? Feeding Difficulties and Sensory, Intensive Interaction, SCERTS, Court Skills and Safeguarding Level 2. Scarlett holds a DSB Enhanced Enclosure and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), Sensory Integration Network, Royal College of Occupational Therapy (RCOT) and College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Sector Independent Practice (COTSS-IP). Connect is fully insured and is compliant with The General Data Protection Regulation 2018.

Scarlett is a passionate, dedicated and knowledgeable Occupational Therapist who uses the most up to date clinical evidence to ensure best practise. She is highly experienced within her specialism of Sensory Integration Therapy and disability and can use the knowledge and skills gained to be forward thinking and develop practical strategies to meet the varying needs of children and young people with sensory processing difficulties.

As part of her role within a third sector organisation Scarlett has developed and led the Sensory Integration Therapy Service for 6 years. Planning, organising and implementing assessments, treatment, sensory motor groups, school support and training. Scarlett has worked closely with Directors, Local Education Authority Commissioners, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Trustees and School Business Managers, raising the awareness of sensory processing difficulties and sensory integration to create innovative therapy services.

About Meghan O’Connor

Meghan O'Connor qualified as an Occupational Therapist (MSc) from York St John University in 2021

Meghan is currently completing her Sensory Integration Therapy Training through CLASI WISE.

Meghan holds a DBS Enhanced Enclosure and Safeguarding Level 3, and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT), and Royal College of Occupational Therapists Children Young People, and Families Specialist Section (CYPF). Connect Therapy Services is fully insured and is compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation 2018.

Meghan is passionate about working with children to support them to achieve their own potential and is committed to using the best and up-to-date evidence to support her practice.

Meghan has worked within the healthcare sector for the past 9 years. The body of her experience includes working with children and adults with complex social, emotional, physical and mental health needs.

About Pat Sweeney

Scarlett Leedham qualified as an Occupational Therapist BSc (Hons) from York St John University in 2009, gaining a Post-Graduate Certificate in Sensory Integration in 2012. Training includes; The Alert Programme, Is It Sensory or Is It Behaviour? Feeding Difficulties and Sensory, Intensive Interaction, SCERTS, Court Skills and Safeguarding Level 2. Scarlett holds a DSB Enhanced Enclosure and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), Sensory Integration Network, Royal College of Occupational Therapy (RCOT) and College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Sector Independent Practice (COTSS-IP). Connect is fully insured and is compliant with The General Data Protection Regulation 2018.

Scarlett is a passionate, dedicated and knowledgeable Occupational Therapist who uses the most up to date clinical evidence to ensure best practise. She is highly experienced within her specialism of Sensory Integration Therapy and disability and can use the knowledge and skills gained to be forward thinking and develop practical strategies to meet the varying needs of children and young people with sensory processing difficulties.

As part of her role within a third sector organisation Scarlett has developed and led the Sensory Integration Therapy Service for 6 years. Planning, organising and implementing assessments, treatment, sensory motor groups, school support and training. Scarlett has worked closely with Directors, Local Education Authority Commissioners, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Trustees and School Business Managers, raising the awareness of sensory processing difficulties and sensory integration to create innovative therapy services.