This is a brief overview for Parent Support Groups and Charities about the kinds of services The Owl Centre can offer.
The Owl Centre consists of geographical groups of motivated and diligent therapists with a vast range of experience and expertise. All are passionate about delivering an exceptional service to the local parent support groups and charities that require our help.
How the process works
If you are a member of a local parent support group or a charity for a specific condition, there are many ways in which an Owl Centre Therapist can help you. Here are some examples of things that we do or have done in the past:
- We are regularly asked to provide training for parent support groups. This has ranged from weaning to early babble work to sensory processing to practical activities for developing speech and language or hand skills, and so on.
- We have delivered both formal and informal training packages for parents and / or teaching assistants of children with Down’s Syndrome, Autism and other specific conditions.
- Nicola Lathey regularly speaks at conferences for Unique – the rare chromosome disorder charity - and therefore has an understanding of many different ‘profiles’. As a result, she can make a bespoke training package for your group.
- We have attended local coffee mornings or parents’ meetings to provide short consultations with families about ways in which they can support their child’s progress. This has been a free service.
- We regularly run an evening ‘clinic’ at the place the support group meets. This enables a Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Art Psychotherapist and/or Drama Therapist etc. to have a 10 - 15 minute consultation with a family to advise them on the kinds of activities or services that may help their child. This again is a free service.
- A Music Therapist, Art Psychotherapist and/or Drama Therapist have been employed to provide activities for children at conferences attended by their parents or helpers.
- We provide clinical support for people, such as parents or nursery support workers, who are running regular groups for children with specific conditions.
- We have an SEN Parent Support professional in our team who can provide a wealth of information about grants, benefits, form filling, and finding local information and support to help families.
Types of Appointments:
- Initial Assessments
- Follow-up Assessments (Reviews)
- Second Opinion assessments
- Tailor-made therapy programmes to meet your child's individual needs. These are generally conducted in-house or through school or home visits.
- Advice Sessions
- The Owl Centre is happy to implement a therapy programme from a current NHS report or enhance the activities written in the child’s ‘My Plan’.
Meetings we can attend:
- TAC meetings
- Case conferences
- Annual reviews
- IEP meetings
- My Plan meetings
The Owl Centre can carry out a range of training programmes for teachers, TAs, keyworkers, parents and guardians to enable them to meet the specific needs of children. Examples of training courses we have delivered in the past include:
- Practical activities for developing speech and language skills in the Early Years.
- Developing eating and drinking skills
- Practical activities for supporting sensory processing at home
- Practical activities for supporting sensory processing at school
- Introduction to Art Therapy (for teachers, TAs, keyworkers, and other professionals)
- Introduction to Music Therapy (for schools)
- Introduction to Dramatherapy (for schools)
- Providing training in the ICAN Talk Boost Programme
- Providing an overview of Autism and its current therapy interventions
- Practical activities for developing communication skills for the under 2 year olds.
- Semantic links
- Creating opportunities for communication in the classroom
A 1 hour therapy session costs from £65, but rates vary depending on the kind of visit and service offered. Please telephone for a free consultation or email us for further information.
Invoices are sent to the client by email at the end of each month. The usual method of payment is a BACS transfer but cheques can also be sent to us by post. If necessary, the client can pay the therapist in cash or by cheque on the day of the appointment.
For more information about our services, please contact us