Outreach Therapy Services

Therapy Outreach Services
We offer a range of services including speech and language therapy and occupational therapy to help your organisation become more inclusive and supportive of children and young people with complex needs. 

Our occupational therapy team can be commissioned to support individuals to participate more fully in daily life, improving their health and wellbeing.  Seashell Trust’s speech and language therapists are experts in using Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) to support individuals to communicate more effectively.

Who We Help
We work with families, local authorities, schools, colleges, nurseries, social care services and clinical commissioning groups to support children and young people with a range of complex needs.  These include autism, Multi-sensory impairment, profound and multiple learning disabilities and behavioural, emotional and social difficulties.

We are experienced in supporting individuals in education, community settings and at home and work closely with parents, teachers, and other health professionals to develop a personalised and bespoke package for individuals.

Our Team
We offer speech and language therapy and occupational therapy delivered by Health & Care Professions Council registered staff who are highly skilled in supporting the needs of children and young people with a range of needs. Our occupational therapists are sensory integration practitioners who have additional training in the Wilbarger Protocol (brushing therapy for sensory integration) as well as yoga and mindfulness for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Our speech and language therapists are dysphagia trained and are able to support with a wide range of communication approaches including intensive interaction, PECS, objects of reference, high and low tech AAC and social stories. We are also able to offer the full range of accredited Elklan and Makaton training packages.

Occupational Therapy Services
Occupational therapy enables people to participate in daily life to improve their health and wellbeing. Daily life is made up of many activities (or occupations). Occupations for children or young people may include self-care (getting ready to go out, eating a meal, using the toilet), being productive (going to nursery or school, or volunteering) and leisure - playing with friends or doing hobbies. – RCOT, 2018.

Our Occupational Therapy (OT) focuses on enabling those with complex needs to access meaningful activities and participate in their life to the fullest.

OT work closely with each individual and those around them to help identify their individual needs and develop bespoke packages of intervention to enable their development and achievement of personalised goals.

Alongside our comprehensive training packages which run throughout the year, we also offer the following packages of support, including:

* A full Sensory Integration Assessment and report with recommendations and follow support and guidance.

* Sensory diet recommendations and follow up support in the home and education.

* Packages of assessment and support in relation to independence skills for individuals with complex needs.

* 1:1 and group sessions of yoga for children and young people with Autism and ADHD to support with self-regulation.

* Assessment and support to use Assistive technology to increase independence.

We also offer highly personalised and bespoke packages which can be adapted, should you feel you require a service that is not currently offered.

Speech and Language Therapy
Seashell Trust’s speech and language therapists assess and support speech, language and communication difficulties in children and young people to help them communicate more effectively. They also assess, treat and develop personalised plans to support people who have eating and swallowing problems known as dysphagia.

Our Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) support enables those with communication difficulties to experience opportunities for meaningful communication with the people in their lives.

The SALT team work closely with the individual and those around them to help clearly identify their needs and develop bespoke packages of intervention to enable their development/ achievement of personalised goals.

Alongside our comprehensive training packages which run throughout the year, we offer the following packages of support, including:

* Full communication assessment with recommendations for supporting communication

* Support when an individual is transitioning from one setting to another

* Assessment of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for those with Multi-sensory Impairment, Autism, Challenging Behaviour or Learning Disability (including Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities) and support with implementation

* Intervention to support the development of early symbol use with children with complex needs

* Intervention supporting the use of eye gaze and eye pointing with students unable to physically point to symbols to communicate

* Support for schools with implementing the Autism Education Trust (AET) competencies and standards

* Support and training to enable schools to become Elklan Communication Friendly Settings

* Support and training to enable settings to become ‘Makaton Friendly’

We also offer highly personalised and bespoke packages which can be adapted, should you feel you require a service that is not currently offered.