With a special interest in paediatric occupational therapy, Melanie Ward provides treatments and therapies for a wide range of conditions in patients under 18 years of age. Melanie has a passion for helping children with Autism, Cerebral Palsy and tonal disorders better adapt to their conditions to participate more actively in life.


Our occupational therapist provides a comprehensive range of treatments to help children and young adults adapt to or overcome motor or neurodevelopmental conditions. These conditions can include:
  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Tonal disorders
  • Developmental delays in babies, toddlers and young children
  • Co-ordination disorders
  • Dyspraxia


Newcastle Paediatric Occupational Therapy provides a unique and fun therapeutic environment for treatment.

Following the assessment, individual therapy sessions may be recommended for your child. Treatment sessions of 30 minutes or 60 minutes will be structured depending on the nature of your child's treatment plan.

Individual therapy involves a block of appointments where Melanie works directly with your child on activities that are aimed at improving their skill level, building their confidence, achieving goals and having fun. During this block of treatment, home activities may be suggested that can be incorporated into your daily routine.


Melanie will often work in partnership with your child's teacher, liaising with them to ensure that home, school and therapy are all working towards a common goal. Melanie works skilfully in school settings, offering strategies for teachers and advocacy for children and families when needed.