This is a brief overview for Academies, Schools and Nurseries about the kinds of services The Owl Centre can offer.
The Owl Centre is proud of its motivated and diligent therapists who have a vast range of experience and expertise. All are passionate about delivering an exceptional service to the Academies, Schools and Nurseries that need our support.
The educational establishments we work in, past and present, have benefited extensively from the services we have provided. Please contact us to discuss what your needs are and how we can help.
How the process works
The Owl Centre is regularly asked by schools to top up the service they receive from the NHS or to develop a tailor-made service specifically for the needs of their children.
In general, schools book a therapist for a day or half a day per week for the whole school term. There are a number of interventions that the therapists use, and they ‘train’ a TA / Learning Support Assistant or SENCo / Inclusion Support Teacher to be able to continue the programme when the therapist is not present or when the therapist’s intervention has ended.
The therapist can provide a whole class or whole school screening to determine need in the first instance. Alternatively, the school can refer whomever they feel needs the support of the Owl Centre. The child does not already need to be known to the NHS. But if the child is known, the therapist is happy to implement a therapy programme from the current NHS report or to enhance the activities written in the child’s ‘My Plan’. We aim to work seamlessly and in communication with the NHS (unless the client requests otherwise).
Examples of types of service – Groups
Below is merely a handful of examples of ways in which we might be able to help. For more information about how a discipline can help target a child’s needs, click on the link or go to the Services tab.
- Our Occupational Therapist has created a bespoke package for children starting the Foundation Stage with poor movement and motor development.
- A child may need support with their emotional regulation in so far as they have frequent outbursts at school.
- Our Speech and Language Therapists regularly carry out whole school screening assessments to help the school to analyze its children’s needs. They subsequently create packages of intervention for various groups of children; for example, social skills, speech sounds, language delay, grammar groups for bilingual children, or specific evidence-based language programmes such as Talk Boost, or Narrative groups.
- Art therapy can help children who cannot form good social relationships with their peers, or whose parents have split up, causing a trauma and subsequent suffering that the child can’t understand and articulate verbally.
- Dramatherapy might help a group of children who need confidence boosting and self-esteem building.
Examples of types of service – Individuals
Again, below is merely a handful of examples of ways in which we might be able to help. For more information about how a discipline can help target a child’s needs, click on the link or go to the Services tab.
- A child who cannot sit still, or who is refusing to go to the bathroom because they are afraid of the hand dryer, may benefit from a sensory processing profile carried out by an Occupational Therapist.
- A child who has complex needs and developmental delay, and the teacher needs advice and support on the kinds of activities that he will benefit from.
- The teacher may need support to bring a paper-based NHS report to life. The therapist will be able to model a range of activities that will help the child.
- A child with ‘school refusal’ may benefit from intervention by a Drama Therapist or family support worker.
- A child with selective mutism may benefit from Art Therapy, Clinical Psychology or Speech and Language Therapy.
- A child whom you think might be dyslexic can be assessed by our Dyslexia Tutor. She can also provide detailed literacy and learning assessments with reports that can be used by teachers, TAs and parents. These can also be used to get extra time in SATS.
- A Family Therapist to help when communication between a family and the school has broken down, and the family are no longer engaging with your school.
- A child or young person who has experienced trauma, abuse or bullying, or who presents with challenging behaviour, self-harm or is hearing voices could work therapeutically with our mental health nurse.
Working with Parents
We try to include parents in the therapy programmes by inviting them into school to observe or participate in the therapy session, if appropriate, by sending letters home with activities to back up the school-based intervention, by attending Parents’ Evening meetings, or by making contact by ‘phone.
We also have a fabulous SEN support service which can advise a school or parent whether they are receiving everything that they are entitled to from the government, can help to fill out forms, or can apply for charitable grants for the school or for an individual. This service can help families understand how the SEN service works from a parent’s perspective and can help parents access local support services.
Types of Appointments:
- Whole class / group screening
- Initial Assessments (for individuals)
- 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’.
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
- Understanding voice hearing and other unusual experiences
- Other approaches to mental distress – making sense of complex emotions in children and young people without diagnosis
Meetings we can attend:
- TAC meetings
- Case conferences
- Annual reviews
- IEP meetings
- My Plan meetings
Our day rate (9.30am – 3pm) costs £300 (for speech therapy; other disciplines may vary). Alternatively, we offer a fixed fee of £70 p.h.
(Fees are inclusive of VAT, admin, and resources*).
* With regards to travel, for half a day of therapy or more, there is no fee unless here the educational setting is over a 15 mile round trip for the therapist. In this case, a charge of 40p per mile will be incurred to cover extra travel costs and time. For less than half a day of therapy, this travel charge applies.
We find that schools often pay for our therapeutic intervention by using Pupil Premium funding. There are other times when the school and the parents share the cost.
For more information or to book a service, please email: or visit us at www.theowltherapycentre.co.uk
Invoices are sent out to the school 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.
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For more information about our services, please contact us