Early Years SEN - What can I offer you?
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What Can I offer You?
 
 
 
 
Little MeerKat's Big Panic - a theatre piece to support children with anxiety.
Little MeerKat's Big Panic - a theatre piece to support children with anxiety.
Based on Jane Evan's wonderful book, Jane being one of the leading UK trainers on trauma with primary aged and younger children, and led by Julia Collar of Collar And Cuffs who is a theatre producer and drama therapy leader, this theatre production is now being created with support from MK Soup and will be available to book in primary schools and preschool settings in Milton Keynes from Autumn this year. It will be a musical and sensory production to help children learn first aid strategies for difficult feelings particularly aimed for children who have experienced trauma and dysregulation affecting their learning, and it will come in conjunction with a workbook for staff, and a training package available.
Handwriting and Early Literacy Assessments for children year 1- 7.
Handwriting and Early Literacy Assessments for children year 1- 7.
Successful handwriting, spelling and reading, require good foundations in a wide range of early developmental component areas including visual skills, motor skills, memory skills and organisational skills. In particular these rely on the achievement and integration of the underlying learning and movement skills that enable children to be ready for structured learning. Children who benefit from this assessment are often not making good progress in response to school interventions, may appear to have some dyslexia or dyspraxia type difficulties yet often not enough to diagnose, and often have no identified SEN, but are underachieving. I offer in depth assessments for individual children and lighter touch assessment to support with identifying needs for groups of children, and provide tailored intervention programmes using a range of strategies including Rhythmic Movement Training to develop the underlying areas of difficulty and make a real impact on progress.
Rhythmic Movement Training
Rhythmic Movement Training
I am a provider with Rhythmic Movement Training International, and use this powerful system within much of my work with excellent effect for children of all ages and with adults too.

Retained infant reflexes play a large part in difficulties with reading, writing, spelling, co ordination, organisation, attention, behaviour, emotional resilience and readiness for learning. These simple, gentle movements are usually enjoyed by children and help to integrate these reflexes and enable hands and eyes to start to work together and children to find learning, reading and writing less physically high effort and tiring, to become more organised and able to cope with the classroom environment and to have 'availability' for learning instead of struggling to keep up. It can also support children who are withdrawn, 'explosive' or struggling with behaviour needs. I work with small groups for schools as well as individually with children at home, and these techniques are of great benefit to adults too!
The Foundation Stage Project
The Foundation Stage Project
A Foundation Stage leader said to me 'Wouldn't it be good if we could identify and support children in the early years before they began to struggle with literacy later on in school?'

Yes it would!

I offer a package for school Foundation Stage departments, including a play assessment for all Foundation Stage children that allow us to identify the children needing support to reach their developmental potential to school level in a number of areas crucial to success in literacy, and then supporting Foundation Stage staff through training and materials to develop their play environment and planning to guide that developmental progress more effectively through learning through play, and to tailor provision effectively to the individual children who most need it, with the aim being to support as many children as possible to be ready for successful, confident learning at the beginning of year 1.
Developmental Profile Assessment
Developmental Profile Assessment
Children not progressing as expected almost always display an uneven developmental profile which can make effective teaching and learning very difficult. Intended for children whose development is within the 0-5 year stage, or who are working at below expected Key Stage One levels in one or more areas of their development, I offer a detailed play assessment that is low stress for the child, and which enables me to give you a report that details exactly where your child is in each learning area across their early development, and to provide you with specific advice on the next stage in each facet of their development, to help delayed areas to be identified and helped to catch up.
Training
Training
I am able to provide training for individuals and groups from any agency on a range of topics around SEN needs and Early Development, and practical strategies, particularly focused on raising achievement for children whose early development is below expected levels. Please see the 'about me' page for the list of areas I can offer training in: I am also happy to design a training pack specifically to meet your needs.
Home Visits
Home Visits
Specifically for parents who would like support to address their child's additional needs at home, these programmes are as unique as the families requesting them. I will plan with you to meet your areas of concern and work with you to create the right programme for you and your child, whether you would like a one off visit or regular visits.
 Play interaction sessions incorporating techniques from Theraplay (R) to develop emotional and behaviour skills
Play interaction sessions incorporating techniques from Theraplay (R) to develop emotional and behaviour skills
Many behaviour issues for young children are rooted in regulating and managing their emotions and attention and in relating to adults and peers, which are skills based in the earliest stages of brain development, and strongly connected to the development of early reflexes and movement skills. Designed to address difficulties in accepting boundaries, regulating emotions, building social confidence and emotional wellbeing, and enjoying trusting and positive relationships, this is a fun and play based approach for actively developing children's social, emotional and behaviour skills and helping them develop organisation in those early brain structures which are essential for readiness for learning. The sessions incorporate strategies from circle time approaches, Rhythmic Movement Training (R) strategies, Sensory Integration, early developmental play, Intensive Interaction strategies and principles and strategies from Theraplay (R). Sessions can be based on a Boxhall Profile assessment to identify the right goals for the child and to measure progress. These sessions are available both to schools and to parents who would like to support their children at home.
Consultations and Advice for SEN and Additional Needs
Consultations and Advice for SEN and Additional Needs
I offer observations, consultation and tailored advice for an action plan to address the additional needs of a child or group, liaison and support to class teams and SENCos, support with planning individual programmes, or identifying further sources of outside support.
Bespoke Programmes of Work
Bespoke Programmes of Work
If you have identified a group of low achievers with specific need, or a particular area of need within a cohort, I will be glad to work with you to plan a specific intervention programme.
Nurture Group Sessions
Nurture Group Sessions
Would you love to have access to a Nurture Group for some of your children that actively addresses emotional, behavioural and developmental needs, but don't have the staff or the facilities?
I can offer Nurture Group sessions on site based on the Nurture Group
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