Jess is a multi-award winning Senior Occupational Therapist who's research has been published in the Huffington Post & the Journal of Occupational Science. She has worked in a range of Paediatric clinic's in both Ireland & Australia and strives for best practice in the profession.
Innovative and creative intervention is at the core of Jess's practice, ensuring that parents feel supported & children reach their potential. Her clinical practice provides home-based intervention services to children, teens & young adults. The My OT & Me Platform was formed to improve access to resources and information for parents so positive progression can be made in the home environment.
I highly recommend Jess’s Octoboxes. These resources are really well thought out & give you everything you need along with online support. Thank you so much Jess!
Octobox - 3 Months
Farmyard Fun - Octobox
Farmyard Fun - Octobox
Kids love doing the tasks and watching videos learned so much all ready
My 4 year old son absolutely loved this,he could not wait to move on to the next session. The sense of achievement & delight when he completed sessions was really lovely to see. Thank you Jess.
excellent pack great activities and action packed
As an SEN teacher these resources have proved so helpful and beneficial to the children I am working with. The Octobox and Pre-School Packs are so appealing to the children with themes and content that engage them straight away. Jess gives such detailed, step-by-step descriptions in her videos explaining the process for each activity. In addition to this, the customer service is exceptional. I cannot recommend the Octobox and Pre-School Pack highly enough!
I have been using Octobox with my son since last October. He was immediately drawn in my Jess’s enthusiasm. He loves all of the activities and never sees them as work. Octobox is a fantastic way to include fine motor work in to my child’s day. It grounds my son and I find him calmer afterwards. It’s also a lovely way to spend some quality shared activity time with him.
It takes someone who truly understands something to explain it simply - and that is exactly what Jess does!
This is such a fantastic resource to dip in and out off, at your own pace, where you can learn or refresh the theory behind the practical OT strategies and advice. Jess mentioned in one of her videos about the importance of knowing the 'Why' behind the activities, exercises or strategies & this is your go to spot for exactly that!
I've been using the resource on & off for around 9 months now, and what is great it that there is constantly new content being added. Honestly the more I use this resource, the more I love it!!
Octobox Home Activity Kit - Space Themed Siblings Pack (Once-off Purchase)
I really cannot recommend Jess's services enough to all parents with preschoolers and especially at this time of homeschooling. I find it particularly helpful for developing my son's fine motor skills such as gripping a pencil, holding a scissors, and cutting out shapes. Jess, not only has so much to offer kids but also offers fantastic advice to parents. She gets the kids engaged, is very easy to follow, the lessons are extremely creative and age-appropriate. I think it is great value for money and Jess is always there to support you in any way she can. My son had a great week learning through play with the farmyard activities and we can't wait for more. I can already see the benefits! thank you so much Jess.
Entering a new era of distance learning here in California with our 4-year-old has been challenging, so finding something to supplement our daily routine was a must. Thank goodness we discovered Jess and the Farmyard Box - our daughter loves learning and playing with Jess! Her engaging, positive energy and creative interactive videos have made such a wonderful impact on our day. I am not one to write reviews but felt it was important to share how incredible this resource is for anyone looking to add fun, gentle, teachable moments into their child's life. Thank you, Jess!
I've been looking for something exactly like this for my 4 year old that would help with holding his pencil and cutting skills. He is absolutely loving the activities and the videos are so much fun to follow along with. AMAZING VALUE! Please bring out another :)
Lovely, fun and really helpful experience. Learning useful tools which can be used again and again. Found the games really great, as they can be used as warm ups before school work. Really enjoyed it and most of importantly my son enjoyed it. Thank you
My 2 boys have got so much fun and enjoyment out of the sibling space box. Absolutely great value for money too.
Hi Jess, Sarah and Cillian are having such great fun with the Octobox so far thanks a mill. Great idea to be able to order extra for siblings (excellent value) - they both had lots of fun colouring in the planets and then shooting the rocket, very impressed with how far it travelled! Cillian was coming up with new ways to shoot the rocket from different heights etc!. As a parent I was very impressed with the quality of the materials and how creative they are. Videos were really helpful and your enthusiasm is infectious! Looking forward to your live streaming later. Thanks again
OCTOBOX - Month to Month
My OT University has been an excellent resource as a new paediatric OT. Jess provides creative ideas to support the development of key skills in a fun, motivating way for children.
Along with the practical ideas, there are high quality videos and clear summary sheets explaining the buzz terms often discussed with parents/teachers, and relevant, up to date research to support what is being discussed.
My OT University is an excellently organised resource of benefit to not only parents and teachers but also OTs, SLTs, etc. working with children of various ages and ability.
My 5 year old son gets so much enjoyment from the octobox, sometimes I seem to struggle to find something fun that’s improving motor skills , this is easy to follow step by step , videos are fab , I feel great knowing I am helping while spending time together and having fun , it’s not even a tenner a week great value .
There is so much useful information in the videos and resources, it truly is an invaluable resource for my pre-school. We have some very experienced teachers here and new teachers but we are all finding the topics very relevant and we are learning a lot of strategies, especially when it comes to sensory and motor skills. The webinars are a great chance for us to ask Jess questions also as the OT waiting list in our area is incredibly long, so it gives us the advice we need to help certain kids. The videos are easy and enjoyable to watch and the kids can't wait to do the movement break classes during the day. I'd highly recommend this resource to anyone. Síle
This is a great product and really well thought out and the video tutorials are excellent. My son has great fun following along and keeps asking to do more. The gross motor skills videos are great fun.
We're 2 weeks into our Octobox and my 8yr old with Dyspraxia is loving it! So refreshing to have a fun purpose to the many motor skills we practise. Instead of trying to draw on the lines we are helping a seagull to fly through the sky! The videos are so easy to follow and Jess' creativity can make stretches we have done numerous times seem loads more interesting as she takes us on an underwater adventure. Would recommend to anyone
This is an amazingly well organized, accessible and understandable collection of articles and videos explaining what is going on for my child. I often feel that as a mom of an 8 year old child who lagged behind in some areas and showed some sensory issues very early on that I have spent hours combing bookstores and search engines to get information. Unfortunately a lot of that time was not productive in getting me reliable and relatable information. The MY Ot university is something I would recommend to any parent or teacher who has a child that they are concerned about in relation to how they perceive sensations. The articles just make things click, you’ll be reading or watching and the explanation from an OT perspective makes you go “oooh that’s why they do that!” It helps me make informed decisions on how to beat support my child. Thanks so much for a great resource.
Octobox is a fantastic resource that my son Charlie 7 is enjoying. His favourite is the whizz kid project and all his siblings joined in playing with the rocket launcher. Charlie is improving his fine motor skills through fun activities in the octobox. Charlie loves Jess's gross motor online videos and so do I especially for rainy days. I highly recommend octobox and Jess is a fantastic OT with great enthusiasm and experience.
I really like that the box of activities has a suggested weekly checklist. It helps my son have a sense of achievement. The theme of the box is a fun way to make the activities feel connected. When I’ve tried to get him to do similar fine motor activities without a theme he has seen them as work. This is like a present that arrives in the post. The gross motor videos have really great enthusiasm and high production value. The video is crisp and the sound is great. Overall it’s really great and what we need to make work child’s play!
The octobox is fantastic. The activities are great fun with so much learning and the videos are an added bonus, our daughter Loves it, she did one full week activity in one evening I had to tell her she had to leave the next for the following week, she’s just wants to keep going!! She listens intently to Jess reciting every word! It’s helping her gain confidence & keeping the whole family busy with activities! Thank you Jess
When I came across Octobox, I initially thought it looked like a bit fun for my 8 year old daughter, but it has proven to be so much more than just a box of activities. She loves the interaction with Jess in the videos and does the Let's Get Moving activity classes over and over again. There are hours of crafts in the box and she can't wait to get the next one.
I have found the online videos great to watch on My Ot University.
Overall, I have to say the amount of effort and time that goes into the videos with the animations and the activities within the box, it truly is a brilliant product and I'd recommend it in a heartbeat.
This resource provides access to wonderful activities and expert information. The videos are clear , informative and the children really enjoy the suggested activities.
Looking forward to the upcoming content.
Absolutely delighted we signed up to octobox.its not at all what we expected. The video s that accompanies each task are fantastic.my son 7 loves watching and following jess(always trying to beat her ). As a parent of a child with additional needs my goal is that he will be able to advocate for him self when he needs to take a break and I love how Jess has totally normalized taking movement breaks and used them through out.the quality of the products are brilliant. I'd advise everyone to sign up!!!
I really enjoy the content of this course. It's fantastic that we have access to professional advice seeing as the waiting lists for such support are so long! Practical activities and tuition on what to look out for is invaluable. The length of videos are short and concise and appeal to every type of learner and the gross motor activities are so enjoyable for kids, very simple tasks but very well explained and provide a element to focus on. They too are short and simple to complete with easy progressions. Highly recommend this course and I'm enjoying the new content each month!
We are on our 2nd week of the octobox and my son (Zach 6) loves it . He is always excited to find out the next activity. The video that Jess provides are easy to follow and help to keep thing interactive and most importantly he is having fun.
As a parent with two children awaiting OT services for varying needs, I have found this product invaluable, It builds on all the areas we need to strengthen in a fun and engaging way. The boys would like to do all 4 weeks worth of activities back to back if I l let them.
As an educator, I find it extremely informative and well researched, Each week targets a varying amount of skills and takes into account the different ages and abilities of children using the subscription
We are already looking forward to next month
Hours of Fun Farm Activities
Over 20 Interactive Videos
Videos are packed with Educational Tips & Tricks to Improve Motor Skills
Single Payment - No Ongoing Commitment
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Once Off Purchase
4+ Hours of Activities for 1/2/3 children
Access to Fun & Engaging Video Demos full of Educational Tips
Let's Get Moving Gross Motor Classes (Movement Breaks)
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Imagination, Bugs & Superhero Themes
Fun Four Week O.T led Program for 5-9 year olds with Activities & Video Demos. (More detail in FAQ)
My OT University Access - Ongoing Video Series on Child Development, Webinars & More
Develop Motor Skills in a Fun & Interactive way
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The world is in a situation never seen before. With school closures happening around the globe and affecting millions of families, we want to do what we can to help. We are offering free access to our Let's Get Moving Gross Motor Classes to keep kids moving while teaching them fundamental movements in a fun and engaging way. Downloadable motor skill development sheets are also available and these will be added to throughout the weeks ahead.
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My son Liam (5 years old) loves the crafts and Whizz Kid Projects and I really enjoyed the video series that is available to parents. It was also great to see the skills he found challenging so I could help him along the way. Jess gives great tips in the videos including ways of adjusting the activities for younger kids. Octobox box is a great resource & I think other parents will find it as helpful and enjoyable as we do.
- Deirdre Aherne
Having worked as a Paediatric OT for years, this would be a great resource for all kids and parents to work on motor skills at home from an early age. I know parents find it hard to find the time to be creative with activity ideas- this is a great solution!
- Aisling Deasy, OT
My kids, Chloe (9) and Nathan (7) really enjoyed the different activities in Octobox. They are both pretty creative and crafty but still found certain aspects challenging which was great. Also enjoyed seeing them having fun together when playing the games and making the Whizz Kid Projects. Looking forward to getting the next box!
- Joe Perrott