Child First Trust

Aspire Therapy

Aspire Therapy is an independent Occupational Therapy service based in Colchester run by Amy Carey (Paediatric Occupational Therapist) and associate Cath Smith (Paediatric Occupational Therapist).

Amy Carey

‘At Aspire Therapy we are passionate about working with children with additional needs to support their development and working with schools and families to ensure that every child reaches their full potential.

Occupational Therapy services include assessment and intervention in the following areas:

  • Gross Motor skills
  • Fine motor skills
  • Visual perception/processing
  • Sensory processing needs
  • Self-Regulation
  • Attention/Concentration
  • Play skills

Our therapists are happy to provide support at different levels listed below. We appreciate that not all children and schools require the same support so feel free to discuss your needs and we will do all we can to provide a bespoke service.

  • 1:1 therapy working directly with children and their teacher/LSA to develop skills and function.
  • Group work with small groups of children working on identified areas of need including self-regulation, handwriting, core strength, motor coordination and fine motor skills.
  • Indirect work supporting staff to feel confident implementing strategies and techniques such as self-regulation tools, gym trail, finger gym, sensory/movement breaks etc.

Examples of support we can offer includes a handwriting clinic to assess children’s difficulty with handwriting including legibility, fluency and speed. Intervention to improve handwriting can be undertaken individually or within a group. Support to set up a gym trail or finger gym. We can also provide periodic support to ensure that each child’s progress is maintained and built on.

Aspire Therapy is also happy to provide training for staff on any of the areas described above which can be tailored to the needs of your staff including whole staff training on key concepts such as self-regulation or sensory needs, specific training relating to a particular child or group of children. Again, we are happy to develop bespoke training packages to suit your needs so please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Costs for Child First schools

At Aspire Therapy we are very aware of the financial constraints schools face and will always work to provide excellent value for money. We are pleased to be able to offer a discounted hourly rate to Child First schools and a further discount for half or full day bookings. We understand that flexibility is key so do feel free to contact us to discuss your needs.

1 hour within school – £60

1 morning within school 9-12 – £150

1 afternoon within school 1-3pm – £100

1 full day 9am-3pm – £225

Bespoke training – POA

Half day and full day visits are useful for provision of group work, handwriting or motor skill clinics.

Child First schools looking for Occupational Therapy support should complete the Child First referral form (see link to the Referral Form page on the drop down menus) and email it directly to Amy Carey at via encrypted email or password protected using the school name in lower case.

What parents and school staff say about Aspire Therapy


‘I cannot recommend Aspire Therapy highly enough.  My child’s views were thoroughly listened to …  The report we received … was highly detailed and really captured all aspects of his complexly intertwined sensory needs including: his personality, anxieties and sensory difficulties.’ 

‘I cannot thank you enough for [your report], it’s so thorough! You are such a marvel! Particularly the recommendations will be so useful for us at home.’

‘Thank you so much for your report. It is so comprehensive and helpful, and I now feel like I have a firm basis to get support.’

‘I genuinely can’t thank you enough. The report is the missing part of the jigsaw and I now feel we can move forward’

‘Amy was so kind and thoughtful. Her detailed report was thorough, insightful and so informative. Highly recommended.’


‘As a school, we have had several children assessed by Aspire Therapy and the level of accuracy and description of the individual’s needs has provided us with an essential understanding of how each child is experiencing the world around them.  Using the recommendations, we have been able to provide specifically adapted provision to enable pupils to better self-regulate themselves in the school environment.  This has led to happier children who are more ready to learn.’

‘Amy is a valuable resource for our school, offering experience, knowledge and a high level of expertise. She has worked with many families, offering thorough and comprehensive assessments and reports. This has enabled parents and all school staff to support some of our most challenging students by helping them to stay regulated and ready to access learning. She provides a range of suggestions, recommendations and advice.  We would have no hesitation in recommending Amy to other schools.’