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.