Pioneering services for children with learning, developmental, motor and behavioural challenges

Your child’s journey with Starjumpz

Having made an appointment, you and your child will be seen by one of our specialists. Before you come in you will need to record all the issues you feel your child has including specific examples and any observations from yourself, other family members of friends. You will need to think about how your child behaves, how they communicate and socialise, their physical capabilities as well as any difficulties you perceive or know about at nursery or school.

Before your appointment we ask you to complete a Parent Questionnaire and Sensory Profile Form also a Teacher Comment Form, which your child’s teachers should complete. There maybe different questionnaires depending on which specialist you are seeing. The information you give prior to the appointment is very valuable.

During your initial appointment we will discuss the information you have brought in and will assess your child using a variety of different assessment tools as appropriate. This may include assessment of your child whilst moving, working at a desk, through conversation and observation when given instructions.

The first consultation and assessment will take longer than a normal appointment and you will be advised how long to allow for this.  After the appointment we will synthesise all the information we have and write a report. It may be necessary for you and your child to meet with other specialists in order to gain a more comprehensive view of their strengths and difficulties.

On receipt of your initial assessment report you will be invited to return to the centre to discuss the findings and recommendations and put together a treatment plan(if appropriate) that both meets your child’s needs and is workable given your family situation.

For Occupational Therapy and Sensory Integration therapy we would normally recommend a block of sessions in our centre where the child would receive direct one on one treatment for a minimum of 50 minutes once or twice a week.

Sessions with Speech and Language and Physiotherapy can be arranged and integrated into the child’s progamme. We will also give you a plan to follow at home and can visit your child’s school to discuss how to best implement our recommendations in the school environment.

We will organise a follow up meeting after an agreed number of therapy sessions to assess progress and fine tune your child’s programme according to their needs. Further therapy sessions will be discussed and agreed as appropriate. Whilst it is difficult to say at the outset how many hour sessions an individual child might need we generally would recommend a minimum of 15 in order to see tangible improvement.

You may find your child requires top up sessions at a later date once they have finished their initial block of treatment. We are always happy to speak to you about any concerns and will guide you in the most appropriate course of action.

We may also recommend you look into additional services that address areas we feel are of relevance but that we do not as a centre currently cater for. We will in this case refer you to our Associate Specialists who specialise in areas such as Osteopathy, Nutrition, Biomedical approach, Homeopathy and Kinesiology.

Many of our clients stay in contact with us for some months or years just to keep us up to date with progress. We are always interested to hear how our children are progressing, how they have overcome their initial difficulties, what new skills they have mastered and how they are getting on in general.

We look forward to being of service to you and in helping your child overcome their challenges and realise their true potential.