Based in Hitchin, this service runs from Catherine's home and sessions are held there. Parents are asked to attend therapy sessions so they fully understand what we are working on and how, are a valued part of therapy and can have a go for themselves and support at home. Therapy sessions run year round with regular breaks for consolidation and holidays.
Held at Catherine's clinic during school hours, after school and during some school holidays. Sessions last about 45 minutes. Parents are asked to join us so that they are fully involved in the therapeutic process, understand any recommended home activities and feel equipped to support ongoing skill development outside of therapy sessions.
Children are given an assessment before any therapy is provided so we understand better their strengths and weakness and what to focus on.
Following assessment if therapy is required a therapy plan will be drawn up and shared with those working with a child.
Therapy sessions are usually for individuals so that bespoke interventions can be delivered tailored to your child's needs.
However, DLD groups can be a great way for children to meet others who experience similar difficulties, socialise together and learn from one another. I try to offer a DLD group during the summer holidays.
Courses of therapy are followed by consolidation breaks to allow for normal maturation and development as well as breaks for the whole family.
It isn't easy being the parent of a child experiencing difficulties. It can be really painful and tough. It can be confusing to know where to get accurate information from and who to turn to. It can be distressing explaining the situation to friends or extended family and uncomfortable seeing your child alongside his or her peers. It can be really hard knowing what to say to your child or his/her siblings. Parenting is never easy - knowing when to fight his/her corner; when to enable him/her to manage and develop strategies; when to argue for additional support at school; when to step back and trust - it's difficult. and of course there are also the wonderful moments of sheer joy when your child does something incredible and you want o share that with others who really appreciate how special it is.
I run a parent support group that enables you to meet other parents in similar situations, to tell your story and be heard, to share information, resources and recommendations and to be supported. These sessions take place at my home where you can feel at home, relaxed and nurtured with company, friendship, and refreshments.