19/10/2017 - Published by

Blogger Pip Else – Paediatric OT

19th October 2017



We recently posted a link on our Facebook page regarding compression strategies; this link highlights that you can get compression through many different activities and not just a compression vest.


Compression based activities can be calming for the body, it can give us increased body awareness and helps us be more aware and in control of our bodies. If we feel calmer, this can often improve our attention and concentration and if we have increased body awareness we might be able to complete more functional activities.

The above link mentions compression activities like the squeeze machine, a ball pool and swimming.

In addition to this, one of the most effective ways of providing compression is to use a gym ball, massage up and down the body when lying on your stomach; you can vary the amount of pressure dependent on your child’s needs.


The gym ball is easy to store when you have an electric pump as you can put it up and down as required.



You could also use a more textured ball like the purple one shown here for increased tactile input.




I have also found that Jett proofs are a cost effective compression vest which can be worn under clothing, though this is not the only company who provide this product, I have worked with families who regularly use Jett proofs Link:

Hopefully we have given you some ideas about different activities to provide compression.

Let us know your thoughts and please do get in touch by emailing on or calling on 01664 567917

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COVID-19 Update

During these uncertain times, we are keen to keep you up-to-date with our service provision, which as you can appreciate is changing daily.

For reassurance CTS have set up a ‘Best Practice’ policy to ensure all our Occupational Therapists and Office Staff are working to the highest standard at all times; where ever we are based in the UK.

We are currently NOT seeing families at our designated CTS Clinics conforming to the recent request 23rd March 2020 @ 2030hrs from our government and NHS.

CTS are wanting to reassure you that we are highly committed to you and your child’s OT needs are cared for. We appreciate a lot of our families and service users are vulnerable and many have EHCP’s in place. As a service this requires us to ensure we continue to safeguard and meet the welfare needs of our service users effectively.

We are now providing alternative therapy to continue to support children, families and in some cases parents. We are using your appointment times and making contact via phone calls, conference calls, emails, Zoom and or Skype to support Telehealth Interventions.

Letters are being sent out to all our service users to reassure our commitment.

Please be reassured that all staff are taking every precaution to support our country in preventing the spread of this virus.

Please continue to check this site and our Facebook page for the latest updates. Alternatively call us on: 01664 567917.

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