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

Born Naughty? Diagnostic Assessment for Children with ASD, ADHD in Kent, East Sussex & The South East

Channel 4’s programme, Born Naughty has raised awareness of the need for Diagnostic Assessment for children with ASD, ADHD and other conditions. At Starjumpz we offer Diagnostic Assessment within a few weeks, and parents can refer directly without the need for a doctor’s referral.

Many children are on waiting lists for Diagnostic Assessment and cannot access the help they need. Waiting lists on the NHS can be up to two years long. Often when diagnosed, limited resources on the NHS will mean that the therapeutic and specialist help is limited or not available.

Early intervention is vital, so much more can be done if help is provided early in a child’s development.

Starjumpz benefit from Acorn Stairlifts generosity

A recent move into a larger premises provided more space for Starjumpz Children’s Centre to support local children and families with conditions such as autism, dyspraxia, ADHD and learning difficulties as well as physical difficulties including cerebral palsy. The larger space allows Starjumpz to hold events to help train parents and teachers on the best practices to support their children – but no lift access meant the centre’s upper floor facilities were not easily accessible for those physically less able.

Jo Brett, occupational therapist and director at Starjumpz, said: “Starjumpz is about making children feel more independent by providing them with the facilities and confidence to overcome challenges. Thanks to the stairlift donation from Acorn Stairlifts, children who are not able to use stairs independently are now able to access therapy services’.

“With the stairlift in place, the centre’s facilities are fully accessible for everyone. Starjumpz is now able to offer it’s holistic range of services and support to more children and families.”

The centre has an expanding team of professionals specialising in paediatrics who support the children on a daily basis.

“I can’t thank Acorn Stairlifts enough for their kind donation – it’s opened up a world of possibilities for our offering here at Starjumpz Children’s Centre, and to see the children gain back a sense of independence when using the stairlift is just wonderful,” added Jo.

NEW Starjumpz Club starts January 2015

Starjumpz is launching The Starjumpz Club in the new year.

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/tunbridge-wells/news/new-childrens-club-to-open-28632/

Offering occupational and behavioural therapy on a group basis to children who face sensory, co-ordination and social skill challenges.

The group is available to children aged five – 12, living with ASD, ADHD, Aspergers, Sensory Processing Disorder, developmental delay, social, communication or behavioural difficulties.

The objective of the ten week programme is to enhance social interaction, attention spans, motor and language skills, as well as helping to improve self-esteem of those involved.

Starjumpz hopes to attract children who are home schooled. The centre has seen a rise in the number of children attending the centre who are due to their personal challenges making school life difficult, overwhelming and in some cases unbearable.

Commencing on January, 14 the weekly sessions taking place on Wednesdays from 09.30 – 11.30 will be run by the Starjumpz’s Behavioural Therapist, Athene Burdge, as well as an Occupational Therapist and assistant.

Using a variety of renowned techniques and practices  their focus will be on sensory and social skill development and supporting and improving the children’s adaptive behaviour.

Director of Starjumpz, Jo Brett said: “We have a very progressive approach at the centre. Individual therapies has always been the main focus for us, but by talking to parents, we could really see how group therapies could also benefit children.

“If they are also being home educated, then it is a great environment for them to mix with same aged children with similar issues.”

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