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Barnardo's Occupational Therapy and Sensory Integration Therapy Service

Description

Our therapy and intervention is based on Sensory Integration (SI) theory. SI is defined as the neurological process that organises sensation from one's own body and from the environment and makes it possible to use the body effectively within the environment (Ayres 1972 cited in Bundy, Lane et al 2002). When difficulties occur with SI, the brain does not process sensory information effectively and therefore the individual does not receive precise information about himself or the world (Ayres 2005).

Difficulties with SI can impact on occupational performance and engagement of every day tasks and activities; it can also impact on an individual's behaviour, attention, learning and emotion. Early identification of sensory integration difficulties can enable a child to develop more effectively through therapy intervention.

Some children may have no other diagnosis but may present with difficulties during schoolwork, catching a ball or personal care. Other children may have a diagnosis such as autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyspraxia or developmental coordination disorder.

The service offers assessment, training and intervention

Our team of therapists qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy and have further developed their skills through a post graduate certificate in Sensory Integration Therapy.

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 to at least level 3. Two staff are trained to level 4 with additional training in: The Alert Programme, 'Is it Sensory or Is It Behaviour' and Intensive Interaction. Mandatory training for all staff includes:

  • 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.

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Description

Our therapy and intervention is based on Sensory Integration (SI) theory. SI is defined as the neurological process that organises sensation from one's own body and from the environment and makes it possible to use the body effectively within the environment (Ayres 1972 cited in Bundy, Lane et al 2002). When difficulties occur with SI, the brain does not process sensory information effectively and therefore the individual does not receive precise information about himself or the world (Ayres 2005).

Difficulties with SI can impact on occupational performance and engagement of every day tasks and activities; it can also impact on an individual's behaviour, attention, learning and emotion. Early identification of sensory integration difficulties can enable a child to develop more effectively through therapy intervention.

Some children may have no other diagnosis but may present with difficulties during schoolwork, catching a ball or personal care. Other children may have a diagnosis such as autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyspraxia or developmental coordination disorder.

The service offers assessment, training and intervention

Our team of therapists qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy and have further developed their skills through a post graduate certificate in Sensory Integration Therapy.

Costs
We cannot accept direct payments for this service. There is a cost for assessment, training and subsequent intervention.
Age
0-25
How to access
  • Your GP or health worker can refer you
  • You will need to have an assessment
Who is this for?
  • Anyone with a sensory disability
  • Anyone with a disability or SEN, diagnosis not needed.