We are an independent practice based in Central London, United Kingdom consisting of Educational Psychologist, Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech Therapists who work closely with Families, Nurseries, Primary and Secondary Schools, Colleges, Paediatricians and other professionals to support children and young people for whom there are concerns about learning, emotional well being, and developmental progress. . We also have other professionals such as a Specialist Teacher and an Applied Behaviour Analyst on our Team. The Ed Psych Practice was established in January 2010.
Our philosophy is to provide in-depth evidence based assessments to support children and young people with a range of developmental needs across educational and home settings so that they can achieve.
Emotional well being and emotional literacy impact significantly on a student’s academic achievement and developmental progress. These are important factors that affect our ability to reach our maximum potential. Life events such as bereavement, serious illness or parental separation can affect one’s emotional well being resulting in difficulties such as: sleep disturbances, anxiety, eating disorders, anger issues, and low self esteem.
The Ed Psych Practice offers therapeutic and counselling services to help identify and address emotional difficulties. We offer a confidential place to talk about things that might be concerning the child, young person or family with an aim to move things forward. The therapists offer a range of approaches that include:
Specific Learning Differences [SpLD] is an umbrella term that refers to a difference or difficulty with aspects of learning. A pupil may have one of these independently or they can co-exist as part of wider profile. SpLD exist on a continuum from mild to moderate through to severe. The blend of learning issues and their severity is unique for every individual, but they all are connected to the way the brain process and expresses information.
The Ed Psych Practice recognises and understands that each pupil is different, a multisensory programme is created based on the pupil's learning profile. Specialist Teachers offer a range of services including:
A range of services are available for independent and state schools including nurseries, primary and secondary schools, sixth form colleges and special schools. In order to ensure that we are able to provide a service that is tailored to your requirements, we will be happy to meet you to discuss the needs of your educational establishment.Read More
Our team of professionals are experienced and are able to deliver a high quality of services that are research and evidence based. This can range from individual work or group work with children and young people, family work, and school staff support through training. The support we offer is based on the needs of the school.Read More
The Ed Psych Practice provides an international service where a therapist or multi-disciplinary team will travel to your home or school in most places around the world. Our international service has proved to be a popular choice for parents living in countries where services for children with special needs may not be particularly well developed, or for expatriate families keen to maintain appropriate support for their child while abroad. Our therapists ensure that each child’s needs are managed in a holistic manner.Read More
Schools can commission an Educational Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Therapist, therapist or other any other professional on our team on a daily, weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis depending on needs. Alternatively, we can be commissioned to complete a one-off piece of work. We are also available to come and speak at staff meetings to talk about various topics and about the work that we do.
The following is a list of services that we could offer:
Regular termly or half-termly visits to the school for whole or half days. Work can include consultation with your SENCo or member of staff in charge of students with additional learning needs to discuss the learning, language, emotional or behavioural needs of students. Classroom observations, work with individual children or groups can also be arranged with prior parental consent. We can attend joint meetings between school staff and parents in order to discuss or review learning and developmental or behavioural support plans.
Early identification of developmental disorders and children “at risk” for school related problems can result in effective intervention at an early age. Research has provided strong evidence of the effectiveness of early intervention compared to no intervention to address developmental issues in children. Children presenting with delays in language, gross and fine motor skills development, and learning can be identified in the Foundation Years and Key Stage 1. We can provide tailor-made programmes that can be implemented to target areas to enhance development so that children can manage the school curriculum effectively. Our team of professionals work with schools and parents to support their child’s development by planning and delivering school and home programmes. Schools regularly consult with our practice to develop group intervention programmes for children with Speech and Language and Occupational Therapy needs to support the development of key skills in these areas.
We also carry out group intervention work for educational establishments targeting children and young people and parents. Group work for children may include building resilience, developing effective social and communication skills, building self esteem, developing life skills, managing anxiety, and developing appropriate study skills. Group work for parents may include parenting programmes, stress management, and activities to develop language and thinking skills. Parent coffee mornings can be offered focusing on various themes so that parents have an opportunity to work with us in an informal setting.
Training for school staff is offered on a range of topics including dyslexia, learning and memory, managing ADHD or autism, supporting social skills development, managing emotional and behavioural difficulties, language development and support for difficulties, developing study skills and metacognition. Training can be tailored to your needs; it can be delivered in a number of short sessions or as a whole or half day for staff development. Twilight sessions can be organised for parents on a range of issues such as supporting children during exams, developing study skills, balancing home life and work, and encouraging positive behaviour in children.
School policy development around bullying, supporting children with special educational needs, and monitoring student’s academic progress etc can be commissioned to The Ed Psych Practice.We can offer Staff Consultation Clinics where individual staff members can sign up for a half-hour session to discuss any issues or concerns they have. These are run in complete confidence: ‘no names of children’ and no notes are taken. Sometimes staff members might want some support on issues that arise in their classroom or in school.
Academic skills : Using active teaching and learning skills based on sound educational and psychological research to support all students; running study skills and exam preparation groups for students; and setting up whole school thinking skills programmes.
ADHD : Building personalised intervention programmes for students; training teachers and re-designing classroom layout and management.
Anxiety : Identifying ‘at risk students’; organising training and running regular group sessions.
Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome : Setting up personalised programmes and support provisions in mainstream schools, training teaching assistants and teachers.
Behaviour management : Setting up and managing consistent whole school systems for behaviour management. Individualised programmes for students with social, emotional and/or behavioural issues.
Social Skills Training : Setting up individualised, group and whole school intervention programmes aimed at developing student awareness, social understanding and social skills.
Bullying : Setting up and managing whole school anti-bullying programmes.
Dyslexia and Dyscalculia training : Setting up dyslexia friendly classrooms and providing ongoing training in identification, assessment and intervention packages.
Emotional Well-being : Completing individualised programmes and interventions for students: Setting up group, class and whole school emotional wellbeing support intervention packages.
Gifted and Talented : Choice of group based work (founded on a screening, assessment and intervention model) specifically for Gifted and Talented students or whole school work based on developing thinking and discussion skills in all students.
Underachieving students : We run exam preparation,study skills and learning groups for students who are not achieving. Besides focusing on academic attainment, we also work on issues around motivation and self esteem and explore other factors that might be affecting learning.
Group work : Running anxiety, anger management, social skills, and study skills groups.
Early Intervention : Groups for nursery, reception and Year 1 children to develop language, fine and gross motor skills.
Memory : Systems to identify students with working memory difficulties at a young age to provide appropriate intervention.
Supporting on-going casework : Including assessment, consultation, managing and evaluating interventions.
SENCo support : Preparing statutory assessment requests; supporting students with a range of needs.
Direct classroom support : Working alongside teachers in the classroom to support more challenging classes and/or to raise standards and achievement in particular subject areas..
Drop in sessions : For teachers and parents to confidentially discuss student issues.
Solution Focused Brief Therapy : We train teachers how to use this model of intervention to provide students with a target setting and problem solving methodology to develop personal independence and manage daily life.
When international schools or families contact us we have a detailed discussion on what we can offer to meet their needs and work is carefully planned so that the visit is productive. After our visit we continue to support families and schools via telephone and email communication and will re-visit on a regular basis to review, re-assess the programmes and targets, and provide additional support as required
Examples of work carried out with families:
Examples of work carried out with schools:
If your child is of nursery or school age then the first thing to do is to make an appointment to talk to their key worker or class teacher and the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) at their nursery or school about your concerns. Some SENCo’s may carry out some initial observations or assessments of your child. Depending on the outcome of these assessments they may suggest some support strategies for your child in school and may also have some ideas about how you can help your child at home. They may also suggest a referral to a professional such as a Paediatrician, Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist, or Educational Psychologist.
Depending on whether your child attends a state or independent school they may be able to access Local Authority/ Children’s Services such as Educational Psychology Service and NHS services such as Speech and Language Therapy or Occupational Therapy for support and advice. It is advisable to check with school staff whether these services are available and what the referral criteria are. These services are free but your child would need to meet the criteria for referral and you could be put on a waiting list.
You can also call The Ed Psych Practice to discuss with us your concerns and ask any questions you may have about the services we offer and the costs involved. When you decide to go ahead and book an appointment, we will link you to a relevant professional on our team who can best address your child’s presenting concerns.
A full assessment of your child will depend on the presenting concerns. If an Educational Psychologist is carrying out a learning assessment, it will include a detailed examination of their cognitive abilities, academic attainments in literacy and numeracy, and diagnostic tests where appropriate.
If your child is being seen by an Occupational Therapist, relevant assessments are carried out to assess their fine and gross motor skills and sensory profile.
For therapeutic support, an initial meeting with the parents and child or young person is carried out to explore presenting issues and to agree the goals for the intervention.
If a Speech and Language Therapist is seeing your child, relevant tests are carried out examining a child’s expressive and receptive language skills
Information is also gathered from parents and schools using pre assessment questionnaires. Other professional reports are also taken into consideration. Sometimes observations are carried out at the child’s learning environment as a starting point to the assessment depending on the presenting concerns.
It is very difficult to get an all round picture of how your child is developing socially, emotionally, and cognitively without information from people who work with your child in their learning environment. So yes, it is important that your child’s learning environment knows about your concerns and that you are consulting an independent professional for advice. However it is quite normal for parents and the school to have a slightly different view about how a child is progressing or coping in their learning environment. For various reasons you may not want to inform the school that this independent assessment is taking place. We will respect your views and it is your choice whether to inform the school or not but we hope you understand that part of our role is to ensure that your child’s well being and development is supported in their learning environment.
Children develop at different rates. Some children may find some things particularly hard such as:
For various reasons they are not reaching their full potential or struggling to keep up with their peers. If this is the case an EP Assessment might be useful to identify areas of strength and weaknesses to support your child’s development.
Children all learn to talk at different rates and some children develop more quickly than others. We do know however that there are 'typical' ages by which we expect children to have developed certain skills, and most children do. However there are some children that do struggle with learning to talk and understand and they will need extra help to support development. If you are concerned about the way your child is talking or understanding, ask for a Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) assessment. This assessment will tell you exactly how your child is getting on and if there is a reason to be concerned.
An assessment session will typically last between 30 minutes and an hour. A Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) will usually start by talking to you about your child's early history and development and gathering some information about your concerns. The assessment they do will look at how well your child's speech and language skills are developing compared to what we would expect for a child of their age.
Depending on the age of your child and the type of difficulty that they have they will do a number of different tasks and activities. For some children, particularly younger ones, the assessment may be done through the SLT or parent playing alongside your child, or watching them play. This is known as 'informal' assessment. They will be looking at the way your child understands language, how well they are talking and which sounds they are able to use in their speech.
Sometimes an SLT will carry out a 'formal' assessment. This means they work with your child using a number of published assessments, many of which are standardised. Standardised tests mean that they are able to give your child a score comparing them to other children of the same age. Doing this lets them see if a child is developing, as they should be, or if their speech and language is delayed.
The SLT will then tell you how they think your child is doing, and whether they feel your child needs to get some extra help with their speech and language development. They will usually write a report about the assessment.
A multi-disciplinary assessment means that more than one professional will assess a child or young person, and they will talk to the other people involved to help them work out where the main difficulties are.
A multi disciplinary assessment may involve an Educational Psychologist, Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist or other professional, depending on the needs of the child. We work closely with some paediatricians and psychiatrists who might be part of this assessment depending on the presenting concerns of the child or young person.
Depending on the age of your child and presenting concerns the EP will advice you on when your child should be reassessed. Some standardized assessments have a retest period of 18-24 months to reduce practice effects. Thus we carefully consider the presenting issues, developmental history and time of the previous EP assessment (if appropriate) to decide when or whether a reassessment is necessary.
Prior to the assessment we gather as much information as possible from different sources such as the school, parents and other professionals who might be involved with the child. Information gathering is through questionnaires, school reports, development history, and areas of strengths and weaknesses. On the day of the assessment, the EP will first meet parents to have a structured interview based on information shared. After that the EP will complete various assessments with the child or young person, which might include cognitive tests (IQ tests), attainment tests (literacy and numeracy), emotional tests and some diagnostic tests. The testing can vary from 1.5 – 2.5 hours depending on the age of the child and the speed they work at. After that the EP will give the parents feedback on ways forward.
The assessment can take place at the practice, in the child’s learning environment, or at the family home. We decide the best environment for the assessment to be carried out taking into account the presenting concerns. Many children feel shy or nervous about meeting someone new and this is normal. You can help to prepare your child by treating the visit as a ‘normal everyday’ event. It’s best not to talk about testing, as this can be off-putting for a child; for some children when it is viewed as a ‘test’ they feel that something is ‘wrong’ with them. Most children will respond positively to the idea of doing some fun activities that will help us to find out what they do well.
When the assessment takes place at the practice, following your arrival, the first few minutes will be spent allowing your child to relax and feel comfortable. We encourage parents to bring something along such as books to read or games to keep their child busy while the professional first explores presenting concerns with them. If your child needs to be closely supervised please bring a responsible adult along with you. After the initial discussion with parents, the professional will assess your child and after that, feedback is given on suggested ways forward. We do have a waiting area but if the assessment is long, there are a number of cafes and shops within walking distance.
If your child is coming for therapeutic support, often the child is dropped off at the practice and the professional will agree on a time when the parents can return for the child to be picked up.
A full report is sent to you within three weeks of the assessment. The report will include information about tests that were used, results, conclusions, and recommendations for supporting your child. The aim of the report is to give you, the parents, and any other adults working with your child, information and advice that will enhance the understanding of your child’s strengths and needs in order to support their ongoing development.
Having an assessment with an EP/SLT/OT should be a pleasant event in a child’s life. Here are some tips to help ensure a good assessment experience:
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 assessments in a sensitive manner and do our best to ensure that the process is fun and engaging for the child.
No, you can refer your child directly to The Ed Psych Practice
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.
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.
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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