This discipline can help to signpost families to what evidence may be needed for an EHCP application or review:
- Evidence gathering for an EHCP application.
- Understanding professionals reports and support in deciding targets and outcomes for educational settings.
- School refusal or limited attendance, supporting all stakeholders to find a way to increase engagement.
- Difficulties coping with transitions from key stages or exam preparation.
- Difficulties with communication between stakeholders.
- Low confidence and self-esteem and support in adapting educational materials to help build confidence in learning.
- Limited attention span and ability to focus and support in adapting educational materials to help build confidence in learning.
Unless the patient has already been assessed by a suitable therapist, and you are able to share with us a set of current targets or an assessment report written within the last 6 months, an initial assessment is the first step. This would last approximately 1 hour and would be comprehensive. Afterwards, you would be given feedback, targets, strategies to achieve these targets, and, if you have opted for one, a formal written report. Reports are generally requested if the findings need to be shared with other professionals. Following the assessment a review meeting would take place to assess the outcomes of the joint plan between stakeholders. For more complex issues there may be an interim meeting when the targets are agreed or additional evidence gathered.
Number of sessions
Clients are not obliged to take up therapy but, should they choose to do so, the number of therapy sessions required (and the frequency and length of each session) would be entirely dependent on the patient’s needs and age. However, it is fairly standard for a therapist to see a patient for 1 hour each week for 5 or 6 weeks, and to review progress at the end of that block.