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Email: office@theedpsych.com
Phone: 07833447356

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About

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.

Our Founder

Services

Educational Psychology
  1. Consultation, advice, and problem solving for children and young people with a range of developmental issues
  2. In-depth psychological assessment of learning needs
  3. Dyslexia Assessments
  4. Specific Learning Difficulty Assessment
  5. Disability Student Allowance (DSA) Assessments and Reports
  6. Exam access arrangement assessments
  7. Gifted and Talented, MENSA testing
  8. Managing children/young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, and Learning Difficulties.
  9. Behaviour management at home and school.
  10. Supporting and understanding emotional issues in children and young people.
  11. Parenting Education
  12. Assessments for emotional difficulties
  13. Counselling and Therapeutic support for children, young people, adults, and families.
  14. Social Skills Training for children and young people
  15. Managing anxiety in children and young people
  16. Setting up learning support systems in nurseries, schools, and colleges for students with special educational and additional needs.
  17. Bespoke training to school staff on topics such as autism, developing meta-cognitive skills and reading comprehension, developing language skills, working with children where English is a second language, supporting working memory.
  18. Supporting English and Additional Language (EAL) Learners
  19. Intelligence / Cognitive Assessments
Occupational Therapy
  1. Consultation, advice and support for children with motor and sensory processing difficulties.
  2. Handwriting Assessment
  3. Sensory Processing Assessment
  4. Gross and Fine Motor Skills Assessment
  5. Assessment and management of Dyspraxia
  6. Support and management of Hypermobility
  7. Individualised occupational therapy programmes for home and school
  8. Handwriting support at school and home
  9. Bespoke training to nurseries and schools on dyspraxia, handwriting development, and developing fine and gross motor skills.
Speech & Language Therapy
  1. Consultation, advice, and problem solving for parents, nurseries, schools, and colleges to enhance speech and language, and communication skills in children and young people.
  2. Individual Speech and Language assessments and therapy support at home and in educational settings.
  3. Speech and Language Therapy support for children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, voice problems, receptive language difficulties, expressive language difficulties, dyslexia, dyspraxia, auditory processing difficulties, attention difficulties, moderate learning difficulties, speech sounds and phonology.
  4. Advice and consultation for educational staff and families to enhance learning in children and young people who have speech and communication disorders through curriculum and instructional support.
  5. Bespoke training programmes for education staff around speech and language topics.
Counselling & Therapy

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:

  • Short Term Solution Focused Therapy
  • Long Term Psychotherapeutic Intervention
  • Parental Support
  • Art Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Psycho Education
Specialist Teaching

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:

  • Consultation, advice and support for parents and children and young people with Specific Learning Differences (SpLD)
  • Baseline assessments to assess learning needs, areas of strengths, gaps in learning and target setting.
  • Structured intervention programmes based on developing and improving literacy, numeracy, handwriting, touch typing, exam and study skills as well as supporting working memory and self-management skills.
  • A multisensory, learner-centred and cumulative approach taught in small groups and as individual sessions.
  • Tailored specialist sessions provided at home and in educational settings.
  • Supporting pupils with specific learning differences such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia. This includes children and young people with anxiety, attention difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), speech and language issues, moderate learning difficulties (MLD) and pupils with working memory issues including visual and auditory processing difficulties.
  • Support is also provided to non-SpLD pupils who require an extra boost to catch up with the curriculum and for learners who speak English as a second language (EAL).
  • We offer assessments for Examination Access Arrangements [EAA] Form 8 a part of Joint Council Qualification [JCQ] requirement for pupils with learning difficulties.
  • Online digital advice and consultation for parents and educational staff to enhance learning in children and young people who have dyslexia and dyscalculia through curriculum and instructional support.

Information for Schools

Services for Schools

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.

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Examples Of Work Carried Out

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.

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International Services

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.

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FAQs

What should I do if I am concerned about my child's progress at school?

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.

What will a full assessment by an Educational Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Counselling Therapist and Speech Therapist include?

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.

Do I need to let the school know that my child is going to see an independent professional?

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.

Why would my child need an assessment by an Educational Psychologist (EP)?

Children develop at different rates. Some children may find some things particularly hard such as:

  • Reading
  • Spelling
  • Writing
  • Maths
  • Gross and Fine Motor Co-ordination
  • Speech and language
  • Social Communication
  • Making friends
  • Attention and listening
  • Home work and school work

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.

Why would my child need an assessment by a Speech and Language Therapist?

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.

My child is due to be seen for a speech and language therapy assessment. What will the assessment involve?

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.

What is a multi disciplinary 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.

How often should an EP assessment be carried out?

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.

What does an EP assessment involve?

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.

Where will my child be assessed?

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.

What is the assessment procedure at the practice?

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.

Will I get a report?

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.

Preparing a Child for an Assessment

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:

  • Find out as much as you can about the assessment procedure in advance. The more informed you are the more relaxed you will be and this will be beneficial to the child.
  • Be as honest and frank as you can. For example tell the child why you are visiting an EP because they have some difficulty with reading, writing, spelling, maths, etc. "You find reading a bit hard and the person we are going to see is going to play some games with you to look at how you think and problem solve and to find out how we can help you at school and home to improve in reading”.
  • Explain what the EP/SLT/OT will do, i.e. they will talk to the child about school, ask questions, do certain tasks like jigsaws, finding missing parts, do some reading and spelling.
  • Be clear that this is not an exam and the child cannot fail. For example the EP will be interested in finding out how the child thinks and learns. The SLT will be interested in their play skills or how they understand visually presented information.
  • Tell your child where you are going, at what time and how long it will take.
  • Try to ensure that the child is well rested.
  • Bring a nutritious snack if necessary. We do have snacks in our office
  • If a child is reluctant to come it is okay to build in a little treat afterwards.
How are SLT and OT 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 assessments 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 for an assessment with an EP/SLT or OT?

No, you can refer your child directly to The Ed Psych Practice

Where do the ongoing SLT and OT sessions 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.

Practitioners registered with
royal college of occupational therapist
hcpc
the british psychological society
college of speech and language therapist
patoss dyslexia

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Phone: +44 (0) 78 3344 7356 / (0) 79 9053 8654
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E-mail: Office@TheEdPsych.com
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