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Barnardo's Occupational Therapy and Sensory Integration Therapy Service

Description

Sensory integration is a process that happens between the body and brain- information is sent from the senses to the brain to make sense of the environment, and then the brain initiates the appropriate response. When this process does not work as it should, it impacts upon day to day life, for instance:

  • Sensitivity to sensory input- e.g. sounds, touch, textures
  • Poor regulation- e.g. really hyperactive or flat and sleepy, poor concentration
  • Poor coordination- e.g. hard to balance, hop, jump
  • Difficulties with functional tasks- washing, dressing, using cutlery, writing,
  • Poor movement planning- poor organisation, issues problem solving, repetitive play etc.

The Barnardo’s therapy service considers how each of the different senses are working, i.e. is the child processing too much/too little, is the feedback they are getting a high enough quality to make sense of. We consider if there are sensory processing issues present, and if there are, how they are impacting upon day to day life. We speak to the family and school staff who support the young person as well as seeing them in clinic. We use standardised and non-standardised assessment tools based on the needs and abilities of the individual. Additional factors and other diagnoses are considered as part of the young person’s profile to explore the underlying reasons for the presenting difficulties.

Sensory diet programmes are developed in conjunction with the young person and those who know them best- they aim to provide the team with activities that the child can access to promote attention and effective levels of arousal- i.e. not too hyperactive, not too flat and sleepy. Sensory –motor and functional programmes are used to develop skills- the therapist will create an individualised programme that will be followed by family and school staff in order to develop skills such as writing, balance, bilateral coordination [using both sides of the body together], fine motor and gross motor skills, dressing etc.

Therapy will be a child led process; the therapist works with the child to provide intensive sensory input through play and movement; following fidelity criteria which is associated with more effective outcomes. Goals are set with the young person/family/school to measure progress throughout the therapy.

Bottom of FormBarnardo's Occupational Therapy and Sensory Integration Therapy Service offer:

  • Sensory Integration Assessments
  • Sensory Integration Therapy
  • Sensory Attachment Intervention
  • Sensory diet/ sensory-motor programmes
  • Functional programmes
  • Training packages

 

Who is this for?

  • An official diagnosis is not required for assessment- we would assess anyone who is experiencing a significant impact upon day to day life activities which may be associated with sensory processing issues.
  • In order to provide any sensory Integration intervention [direct therapy or programmes], the young person will need to have received a sensory integration assessment previously within the last 12 months- the recommendations will then be followed in terms of what provision is provided. This is to ensure that the therapist is clear of what the sensory integration difficulties are so that they can be targeted within the intervention.
  • Training can be for a family, parent/carer group, school, professional’s team or any other organisation who wishes to learn more about sensory integration theory and practice. The training packages can be individualised according to need.
Location
Barnados, Unit 5
Village Farm Business Centre
East Street
Holm-on-the-Wolds
HU17 7GA
Parking and accessibility
Street parking nearby to the Sensory Integration Clinic. Two steps into the room. Outreach services available across the East Riding.
Registered service and regulatory body

Short Breaks serviced is regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC)

The therapists are all registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered and the College of Occupational Therapists (COT).

Staff training and experience

The Sensory Integration Therapists are qualified registered Occupational Therapists with additional qualifications in Sensory Integration Therapy from the Sensory Integration Network, led by an Advanced Practitioner in Sensory Integration

  • Safeguarding (Adult & child)
  • Mental Capacity Act
  • Personal/Intimate Care
  • Emergency First-Aid at Work with Paediatric and Disability Modules
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Health and Safety
  • Information sharing and  DPA.

Staff also undergo child-specific training (where needed) in administering medication, moving and handling, behaviour management, speak and sign language communication, epilepsy and any identified individual needs, such as gastro feeding.

Contact
(08000) 121129 - (01430) 810139
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Description

Sensory integration is a process that happens between the body and brain- information is sent from the senses to the brain to make sense of the environment, and then the brain initiates the appropriate response. When this process does not work as it should, it impacts upon day to day life, for instance:

  • Sensitivity to sensory input- e.g. sounds, touch, textures
  • Poor regulation- e.g. really hyperactive or flat and sleepy, poor concentration
  • Poor coordination- e.g. hard to balance, hop, jump
  • Difficulties with functional tasks- washing, dressing, using cutlery, writing,
  • Poor movement planning- poor organisation, issues problem solving, repetitive play etc.

The Barnardo’s therapy service considers how each of the different senses are working, i.e. is the child processing too much/too little, is the feedback they are getting a high enough quality to make sense of. We consider if there are sensory processing issues present, and if there are, how they are impacting upon day to day life. We speak to the family and school staff who support the young person as well as seeing them in clinic. We use standardised and non-standardised assessment tools based on the needs and abilities of the individual. Additional factors and other diagnoses are considered as part of the young person’s profile to explore the underlying reasons for the presenting difficulties.

Sensory diet programmes are developed in conjunction with the young person and those who know them best- they aim to provide the team with activities that the child can access to promote attention and effective levels of arousal- i.e. not too hyperactive, not too flat and sleepy. Sensory –motor and functional programmes are used to develop skills- the therapist will create an individualised programme that will be followed by family and school staff in order to develop skills such as writing, balance, bilateral coordination [using both sides of the body together], fine motor and gross motor skills, dressing etc.

Therapy will be a child led process; the therapist works with the child to provide intensive sensory input through play and movement; following fidelity criteria which is associated with more effective outcomes. Goals are set with the young person/family/school to measure progress throughout the therapy.

Bottom of FormBarnardo's Occupational Therapy and Sensory Integration Therapy Service offer:

  • Sensory Integration Assessments
  • Sensory Integration Therapy
  • Sensory Attachment Intervention
  • Sensory diet/ sensory-motor programmes
  • Functional programmes
  • Training packages

 

Who is this for?

  • An official diagnosis is not required for assessment- we would assess anyone who is experiencing a significant impact upon day to day life activities which may be associated with sensory processing issues.
  • In order to provide any sensory Integration intervention [direct therapy or programmes], the young person will need to have received a sensory integration assessment previously within the last 12 months- the recommendations will then be followed in terms of what provision is provided. This is to ensure that the therapist is clear of what the sensory integration difficulties are so that they can be targeted within the intervention.
  • Training can be for a family, parent/carer group, school, professional’s team or any other organisation who wishes to learn more about sensory integration theory and practice. The training packages can be individualised according to need.
Costs
We cannot accept direct payments for this service. There is a cost for assessment, training and subsequent intervention. Quotes can be provided on request and payment plans are available.
Age
0-25
How to access
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Who is this for?
  • Anyone with a sensory disability
  • Anyone with a disability or SEN, diagnosis not needed.