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Our Early Intervention Group

Our Early Intervention Group is for children with social communication difficulties, including suspected or confirmed diagnoses of an Autistic Spectrum Condition. The group is led by Ruth Lo, Speech and Language Therapist, alongside an Occupational Therapist and support staff.  It aims to provide small group therapy for pre-school children aged rising 3-5 years focusing on the development of communication, social interaction, play, sensory and motor skills, within a positive environment where the children and their families feel safe, respected and understood.


Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy intervention will be integrated across the session, alongside other relationship focused developmental play based approaches, including Early Start Denver Model, and Attention Autism. The team also have a thorough knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and are therefore able to link our approach with this in discussion with parents and other professionals. The morning will consist of a range of both adult and child led play based therapeutic activities, linked to a weekly topic, and delivered within a small group. These will include circle time, snack, indoor and outdoor play and soft play sessions.


Prior to joining the group, we would like to chat with you about your child’s needs, and ideally meet you both in person. We will then ask that you complete some forms, and will set targets for your child based on these, discussion with you, and our observations in the initial groups. Alternatively, if you would like us to complete an individual assessment of your child, with a report, prior to starting the group, information about the costs of these can be found here. Following the above each child will be provided with a holistic set of therapeutic targets which will then be addressed across the session, updated continually, and reviewed with parents on a termly basis in the format of a summary report.


The group currently runs on Tuesdays 10-12am in six week blocks during term times. Parents are welcome to attend the group with their child but this is not compulsory. It may be possible to link group attendance with individual therapy sessions if desired. 


Some parents and other professionals have also found attendance at our groups to be helpful in terms of providing an opportunity for an extended assessment of a child’s needs, in a more naturalistic setting and over a longer period than can typically be achieved in a clinic. Our reports have then been helpful towards decision making with the wider team, for example with regard to the possibility of a neurodevelopmental disorder. Recommendations are also made for further assessments and possible interventions needed following attendance at the group. 


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