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    The Speech and Occupational Therapy Practice.
    We provide in-depth evidence based assessments to support children and young people
    so that they can develop, progress and achieve

About Us

The Speech and Occupational Therapy Practice is an independent practice providing speech and language therapy and occupational therapy services to children and young people. Our Speech and Language and Occupational Therapists work closely with families, nurseries, primary and secondary schools, colleges , paediatricians and other professionals to support children and young people with speech and language, fine and gross motor skills , and sensory needs that impact on developmental progress. We provide in-depth evidence based assessments to support children and young people so that they can develop, progress and achieve.

This practice is managed by The Ed Psych Practice, which was established in January 2010. The Ed Psych Practice is a multi disciplinary practice consisting of Educational Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists , Therapists and other professionals . We have been offering Speech and Language and Occupational Therapy services since we started.

Services Offered

We provide in depth assessments and have experience of supporting children and young people with the following needs:

Auditory Processing Disorders
Difficulties with organising language
Pragmatic language (social use of language)
Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Sensory Processing Disorders
Handwriting difficulties
Fine and Gross Motor Difficulties
Visual Perceptual Impairments

Information

For Schools

We currently provide speech and language therapy and occupational therapy services in independent and local authority schools. Due to a national shortage of such services, schools and other educational settings are ‘buying in’ their own therapists to support children and young people with speech and language and occupational therapy needs. We can tailor make our services to meet your school’s needs.

We have experience of working in nurseries, primary and secondary schools, special schools and colleges. Please feel free to contact us to discuss such a service.

For Parents

We offer assessments for children and young people with any type of speech, language and communication needs up to the age of 25 years. The appointment can take around 1 – 2.5 hours depending on the age of the child or young person and presenting concerns.

The assessment may include the following, depending on the age of the child

  • Parent consultation
  • Formal assessment using standardised tests
  • Informal assessments of receptive language, oral speech and expressive language
  • Informal assessment of play skills, depending on age
  • Feedback

Following the initial assessment, we will be able to recommend an appropriate course of intervention. Should speech therapy be recommended, we will do our best to find the most desirable time for the speech therapy sessions. Individual and group therapy is offered. Sometimes home programmes are appropriate and in such cases we will design a tailored therapy pack to include activities and resources designed to develop skills. In such cases we will take a monitoring role.

International

We are able to provide an international service in which a therapist or a multi-disciplinary team will be able to travel to your home and school in most places around the world.

We can provide initial assessments and then train adults who will be supporting the child with intervention in our absence. In such cases we will provide support on a regular basis to review progress and reassess targets.

Some of the services we can provide are:

  • Assessments and Support
  • Training programmes of school staff
  • Setting up therapy services in schools or hospitals
  • Specific intervention programmes in schools
Training

Training can be delivered to nurseries, schools, colleges, and parents. Training is essential for staff to be able to support children with speech, language and communication needs and occupational therapy needs. We are able to provide training that is tailored specifically to the requirements of each educational setting or group. Twilight sessions can also be offered.

Some examples of training sessions that we have provided are:

  • Supporting children in primary/secondary schools with speech, language and communication needs
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Social skills development and training
  • Interventions for children with sensory needs
  • Supporting children with fine and gross motor needs
  • Handwriting development
  • Sensory Integration
  • Supporting children with dyspraxia and motor movement disorders
  • Lego Therapy
  • Supporting bilingual learners
  • Language Development

The Team

Frequently Asked Questions

How are assessments carried out?

There are many different ways to carry out an assessment of a child’s speech, language and communication needs and occupational therapy needs. Part of the assessment process will involve gathering information from parents, carers and teachers. Depending on presenting concerns, observations and informal play based activities may be part of the assessment process which may be carried out in the home or educational setting. Formal assessments using standardised tests are also used, depending on the age of the child. We will always carry out an assessment in a sensitive manner and do our best to ensure that the process is fun and engaging for the child.

Do I need a referral from my GP?

No, you can refer your child directly to The Speech and Occupational Therapy Practice.

Where does the therapy take place?

Therapy sessions take place at our practice, in your home or at your child’s nursery or school depending on the age of the child and presenting concerns.

How many sessions will my child need and how long will they last?

The sessions will depend on your child's individual needs, response to therapy and your commitment. You may be offered a block of therapy sessions followed by a review of your child’s progress at which point next steps will be discussed. A standard therapy session lasts 45 - 60 minutes depending on the age of your child. Most of this time will be spent working directly with your child but may include time to discuss your child’s progress and new activities to work on. Sessions are charged on a pro rata basis.

What is Occupational Therapy in children and young people?

Occupational Therapy enables children and young people to participate in daily life to improve their health and wellbeing. Daily life is made up of many activities (or occupations). Occupations for children or young people may include self-care (getting ready to go out, eating a meal, using the toilet), being productive (going to nursery or school, or volunteering), and leisure (playing with friends or doing hobbies). Children who have sensory needs and weak motor skills may find it difficult to engage in activities described above.

An Occupational Therapist will need to identify and understand a child or young person’s usual occupations to discover what difficulties they face. They will support the child or young person, their family and other relevant people such as teachers, to evaluate challenges and strengths in doing occupations.

The Occupational Therapist may suggest alternative ways of doing things, providing advice on learning new approaches and techniques, or making changes to the environment, for example, through using equipment or adaptations.

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