Project Description

Training – 

Training sessions can be provided to parents, education staff or other professionals. Training sessions equip those attending to address the impact of sensory and motor skills difficulties upon the child’s daily functioning.

We are able to create specific training packages including practical group sessions or seminar style training days. The focus of the training sessions is to equip those attending to address the impact of sensory and motor skills difficulties upon the child’s daily functioning.

Parent Training

Parent training is delivered using an interactive style, enabling parents to ask lots of questions and take away ideas appropriate for their child’s individual needs. Sessions aim make the life of the child with challenging sensory and motor needs easier, therefore improving family life. Problems with daily living skills such as toileting, eating, dressing and sleeping are addressed in addition to challenging sensory behaviours.

Education Staff Training

For education staff, we can provide specialist training on how best to minimise a child’s difficulties within a school environment and how to maximise their ability to learn, socialise and play. Ultimately enabling staff to find ways to overcome any problems a child or young person is experiencing in participating in activities. We provide guidance and recommendations on minor classroom adaptation and specialist equipment.

Other Professionals

We have lots of experience of providing training to other groups of professionals such as Health Visitors, Speech and Language Therapists, Physiotherapists, Paediatricians and Portage Workers. Training increases attendees’ awareness of sensory and motor skills difficulties and provides strategies that can be integrated into daily practice. Following the training, participants will be clear on basic difficulties that they can address and more complex issues that require a referral to Occupational Therapy.

TESTIMONIALS

It was a privilege to work with Anna in her capacity as Senior Occupational Therapist. As Lead Specialist teacher for Autism in Essex I worked with her closely over a number of years. Many qualities spring to mind when I think of Anna: she is innovative, practical, calm and empathetic. Her knowledge and skill in working with children with autism was outstanding. She successfully tailored programmes for individual children and her training sessions were always informative and interesting. I would not hesitate to recommend Anna for providing therapy sessions, delivering training or supervision.

JILL HORNE Senior Learning Co-ordinator (Specialist Teacher Team), Essex County Council

I have known Anna Hamlet since 2008, when she began working with my son as his Occupational Therapist, following his diagnosis of Autism.
I soon became heavily involved, during the founding stages, of the specialist Autism and Asperger’s (STAARS) Team, as one of two ‘Autism Parent Representatives’ in Thurrock and a greater area of Essex. I support parents and children and deliver the Good Beginnings Course, when NHS resources allow me to ‘borrow’ a professional staff member for a morning, weekly for 10 weeks.

In all the time I have known Anna Hamlet – as a parent and working with her within the STAARS Team, I have found her to be enthusiastic and approachable. She is absolutely a key team member and is always up to date with recent research and findings, incorporating that into her vast area of knowledge. She can reach out to parents on their individual level and explain their child’s difficulties; moving them onto actually providing that much needed help themselves. She encourages and gives realistic hope (which we need as parents, to empower us!). She is also great to work with. During our Good Beginnings Sessions, we assign one week (one morning) to various members of Health and Education. Anna’s OT sessions are always extremely well attended and enormously welcomed; our parents look forward to meeting with her, and returning with questions later too.

ANITA GRIFFITHS, Autism Parent Representative, Essex
Anna has supervised me since May 2010. She is a dedicated and experienced individual who is always passionate about supporting me in reaching the highest potential through her supervision.
ANNA HUMENSKY, Clinical Occupational Therapist, The Priory Group

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