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Interoception Curriculum

Kelly is coming back next year to train yet more OTs, physios, SLTs, teachers and psychologists in the art of listening to our bodies. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/interoception-assessment-and-intervention-with-kelly-mahler-tickets-80669164643 Feedback from this year’s course: She (Kelly) was a fantastic presenter , mixed up the learning styles to keep me focussed I really enjoyed it (the course) and think it will be so useful in my setting (Primary SEMH and ASD) plus for the other OTs I supervise in other settings. And in answer to…

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Meet The Team

Last week during our two day intensive with the wonderful Kelly Mahler www.kelly-mahler.com we took the opportunity to grab a quick photo of the entire team. So here we are all 12 occupational therapists and Kerry, our office manager. We are a close knit team of like minded OTs who share a vision: to work alongside class teachers, parents and carers, to help children participate in learning and developing. We are passionate about the positive influence we have on the…

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OT Week 2019

This year for OT week we are reflecting how far we have come as a company from an idea that sparked our beginnings to the team of 13 we have today. Alison and I (Jennifer) as owners and directors of the company have worked with a business coaching company, Building Business Consultancy based in Milton Malsor, Northamptonshire to push ourselves and our business to grow. We have reflected a lot during these coaching sessions and we are proud of the…

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What is the role of Sensory Integration in Attachment Disorders?

For most people sensory integration develops in the course of everyday childhood activities. When a person has good sensory integration then they can process information automatically and efficiently. But for some people, sensory integration does not develop as proficiently as it should and can affect activities of daily living, academic achievement, behaviour or social participation. Sensory integration is a subconscious and automatic neurological process. Information is received from our senses of touch, sight, taste, smell, movement, body position, hearing and…

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Sensory Rooms – why ask us?

Take for example the soft play room- the room where all children long to be! Oh and I’ll let you into a little trade secret- it’s where most children’s therapists long to be too! It is an OT’s paradise when set up properly.. as it allows children to explore movement through space and offers tactile, vestibular and proprioceptive input. Ideally this room should be full all the time! This is a self regulation room for our sensory seekers, an alerting…

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

So sings the crooner Andy Williams. And it can be with some careful planning. Here’s a little list of things we have found useful over the years. Introduce decorations, presents, cards, Santa and the story of Christmas slowly through books and social stories. Buy your tree early, go at a quiet time and choose together. Put it outside and discuss where to place it inside. Place a few decorations on each day. Choose lights with different settings. If you need…

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Reducing Restraint and Behaviours that Challenge; through the senses- professionals

This 2-day Weekend Workshop for health, social care and special education professionals is brought t you by the team at Sensory Project. The workshop will provide an opportunity to develop individualised sensory strategies using Chain Analysis and personalised Sensory Ladders to understand and support communication and self-regulation. This course is suitable for those working with people with all levels of cognitive ability. Over the two days you will explore using the theory of Sensory Integration to understand and analyse behaviours…

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Autism Study Day with Thrive OT and Target Autism

Improving Attention and Learning Potential for Children with ASD- A day course for teachers, support assistants, SENCos and parents. LIMITED SPACES REMAINING This course provides a wide range of practical ideas and strategies to support and improve learning outcomes, all based on insight into the unique learning style and challenges experienced by children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders), social communication disorders and associated difficulties. The course is suitable for anyone working or living with a child with ASD or similar…

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Out of the box thinking

Applying to a local charity to fund for training is a different way to engage our services. This is what a parent in Market Harborough did when she realised that school staff couldn’t access sensory processing training any other way. The Market Harborough and Bowden’s Charity agreed to fund a half day interactive workshop for staff at a Market Harborough primary school. Opportunities were provided to explore sensory preferences, to experience sensory overload and to try out sensory equipment- including sour…

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Introducing our new director

Jennifer Barrow, who has been an associate with Thrive for the last 5 years, has become our new director. Jennifer qualified as an occupational therapist in 1991 from Trinity College, Dublin and has recently completed the advanced practitioner training in Ayres Sensory Integration as part of her MSc pathway. She has worked within the UK and Guernsey, Channel Islands, supporting families and children in improving health and well-being. Jennifer joins Alison Barrett, Director, and together they hope to continue growing the business to match…

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What our customers say

Feedback from recent training on embedding The Interoception Curriculum at Red Kite Special Academy in Corby, July 2020

“Training was excellent”

“The training was marvellous, really enjoyed it! Keep up the good work”

“You were amazing! The training was so interesting, loved it and cannot wait to try it”

“Such good training, thank you both! Excited to find ways to apply this through the whole school”

“Amazing”

Red Kite Special Needs School, Corby

Sensory Circuit training at Lings Primary School, February 2020

“Brilliant, thank you. So much useful information to take back to the SLG”

“Thank you for the tips and hints on how to use everyday school equipment”

“Fabulous, I can now group children by ability not age. And i have the confidence to explain to staff and children why I am doing that”

“Loved, loved, loved playing with the equipment and learning my sensory preferences.”

Sensory Circuits, Lings Primary School, Northampton

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