We encourage parents, carers and teachers to watch a child’s therapy session to better understand what is being worked on. In any given treatment session you may see a number of the following techniques being used purposefully by our therapists who have specifically designed that session to meet certain goals in the child’s treatment plan.
Focussed Psychological Strategies are specific mental health care management strategies, derived from evidence-based psychological therapies that have been shown to integrate the best research evidence of clinical effectiveness with general practice clinical expertise.
Uses the neurological process of integrating sensory information from the body and the environment that contribute to emotional regulation, learning, behaviour, and participation in daily life. It was developed by Dr Jean Ayres who was both an OT and a psychologist.
Efficient sensory modulation is the ability to effectively regulate the degree to which one is influenced by various sensory inputs. Sensory modulation can be impacted by both external environmental conditions and/ or internal variants.
Remedial Massage is the systematic assessment and treatment of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues of the body to assist in rehabilitation, pain and injury management. The deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).
Bobathfollow the normal developmental patterns as a treatment approach for children affected by Cerebral Palsy, to improve range of movement and to enable the active, practical and functional use of the limbs in play and daily activities, to reduce/ limit the advancement of contractures and to maintain and enhance all possible levels of function.
Behaviour management skills are of particular importance to teachers in the educational system as well as for parents at home. Behaviour management includes all of the actions and conscious inactions to enhance the child's choice of behaviours, which are personally fulfilling, productive, and socially acceptable.
An evidence-based approach to supporting people with intellectual disabilities who use challenging behaviour. Being an evidenced based practice means that Positive Behaviour Support has been proven to be successful.
The process of growth and change in intellectual/mental abilities such as thinking, choices, reasoning and understanding
Types of visual perceptual skills:
Fine motor & gross motor developmentFine motor skills are small movements that use the small muscles of the fingers, toes, wrists, lips, and tongue. Gross motor skills are the bigger movements that use the large muscles in the arms, legs, torso, and feet for activities like climbing and running
A direct intervention that encourages you to follow your child's lead, challenge their creativity and optimise moments of sensory, motor and emotional motivators. The DIR model is based on the assumption that the core developmental foundations for thinking, relating, and communicating can be favourably influenced by working with children’s emotions and the effects on their behaviour, through play.
A form of counselling or psychotherapy in which play is used as means of helping children express or communicate their feelings.
Play Attention - is a computer-based attention training system that measures brain activity using an armband and biofeedback. It is designed to create awareness and ability to train active attention skill development through self-monitoring techniques.
A form of FPS in which children are taught how to use relaxation as a means to manage their stress/ anxiety, it can also be used for sleep training
We use these skills to communicate and interact with each other, both verbally and non-verbally, through gestures, body language and our personal appearance. They include the ability to identify and ‘read’ emotion, greet one another, take turns, wait for a turn, ask and answer questions, respect others personal space, share toys etc. Social skills for older children involve making and keeping friends, bullying, conflict resolution and cyber safety etc. which are also part of our programme development.
Assessment for and prescription of reasonable and necessary equipment/devices to enhance a child’s developmental or educational skills. These can be anything from trampolines, climbing frames & wheelchairs to computers, toilet/sleep aids and much more.
Sensory SMART strongly believes that feedback, including complaints, suggestions and compliments, is crucial to ensuring effective and high-quality service delivery and the continual improvement of services and systems. We rely on our clients to assist us with this.
Ways to help us improve our service
Alternatively, your phone calls, letters, emails or a facsimile are also welcome.
Yes, absolutely - You can choose a support person to assist you with your complaint or feedback. This person can be a friend, family member, staff member or an advocate from another organisation.
Sensory SMART is committed to resolving complaints in an ethical, confidential, timely, transparent and fair way.
We view feedback as a positive opportunity to improve the quality of our services and operations and to strengthen relationships with our clients and with our community.Complaints are treated confidentially. Only the people who need to help find a resolution will be involved. Sensory SMART also provides an opportunity for feedback on our Annual Quality Review Survey, which is provided to all stakeholders and current clients each year in May.