The Process

Info about the Assessment Process and Therapy Process

The Assessment Process

A free 30 minute consultation will firstly be completed with the therapist to develop an understanding of your child’s needs and whether an assessment would be appropriate.

A referral pack including Quote, Service Delivery Specification, Consents and Initial Occupational History will be sent to you. Once these have been returned including initial payment, the therapist will arrange the assessment.

The therapist will provide a comprehensive assessment within the home, school and clinic environment, including standardised assessment if appropriate. The focus of the assessment will be to identify any sensory processing difficulties and whether these difficulties are impacting on the referring problem.

A report will be prepared. The therapist will identify and communicate any recommendations which will enable the child to access the curriculum and functional activities to their optimum ability.  Recommendations may include advice, equipment, awareness training for parents/staff, programmes including a sensory diet or sensory motor group, termly monitoring or intervention.  The therapist may also refer to other services if required including; Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Psychologist and Paediatricians.

The Therapy Process

If any additional therapy support is recommended, an individualised Quote, Service Delivery Specification, Consents and Goal Setting will be sent to you.  Once these have been returned including initial payment, the therapist will arrange the intervention.

If Ayres Sensory Integration Therapy is recommended, a 10 week block is agreed including a school visit to review progress. At the end of the 10 week block an intervention review and summary is completed, highlighting any further recommendations and whether any ongoing treatment is required.

Therapy is completed in the context of play, ensuring each activity is meaningful and purposeful to the child which drives their intrinsic motivation. The therapist skilfully scaffolds the activity to ensure a ‘just right’ challenge, enabling the child to be successful and create adaptive responses.

Parents and supporting staff will be upskilled in approaches which will support the child’s sensory processing needs within the home and school environment. The therapist will identify and communicate any recommendations which will enable the child to access the curriculum and functional activities to their optimum ability.

 

Schools

Connect can deliver be-spoke Occupational Therapy using a Sensory Integration approach within school environments. The focus will be to provide a school assessment which highlights a child’s sensory processing needs and how it is impacting on their ability to participate in functional activities within the school environment. Staff supporting will be upskilled in sensory approaches, practical solutions and the Education, Health and Care Plan process which will support the child’s needs within the school environment. The therapist will identify and communicate any recommendations which will enable the child to access the curriculum to their optimum ability.

Training and CPD Opportunities

Connect can deliver bespoke training packages in relation to sensory processing and Sensory Integration Therapy.

Training can be delivered in relation to an individual child and their identified needs following assessment. The focus of this training will be to upskill parents and all staff in relation to the child or young persons identified sensory processing difficulties. This training will also include specific practical strategies to meet the child’s identified needs.

Connect can deliver awareness training and workshops to schools, education authorities and other organisations. The training will be be-spoke to the staffing needs within the organisation for example school staff working with children with Autism. The focus of the training will be to upskill all staff within the environment in relation to sensory processing difficulties. The training package will include the theory of sensory integration and how it differs to other sensory approaches, how it impacts on function and practical activities and strategies which support sensory processing difficulties within the environment.

To discuss and arrange training packages please contact us. An individualised quote and Service Delivery Specification can then be sent to you.