Early intervention that works through Stay and Play

Seashell Trust set up a weekly Stay and Play scheme in May 2017 as part of the Trust’s early intervention and prevention services. Research has shown that early intervention for children with complex needs has a positive impact on improving both their life outcomes and those of their families.

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Occupational Therapy Week 2019, 4-10 November, Jake

Occupational therapists work with individuals and groups to develop skills and abilities including:

Sensory awareness and promoting sensory processing skills

Hand function

Ability to control toys and equipment through switch controls

Ability to problem solving in daily life

Activities of daily living

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Occupational Therapy Week 2019, 4-10 November, Jenny

Occupational therapy supports the activities which a person needs or wants to do in their everyday life

Self-Care - personal care, eating and drinking skills

Productivity - school and work skills, household management skills

Leisure - sports, creativity and  relaxation

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Occupational Therapy Week 2019, 4-10 November, Henry

For many of our students sensory processing difficulties present barriers to participation in activities, through sensory profiling, sensory assessment and by embedding sensory strategies and sensory diets into the curriculum students are able to lead more meaningful lives.

Occupational therapy provision includes:

Providing advice and support in adapting activities for a variety of skill level e.g. using cooking as a way to explore the senses improve hand function or develop independence skills.

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Occupational Therapy Week 2019, 4-10 November, Julie

For many of our students sensory processing difficulties present barriers to participation in activities, through sensory profiling, sensory assessment and by embedding sensory strategies and sensory diets into the curriculum students are able to lead more meaningful lives.

Occupational therapy provision includes:

Assessing for and providing adapted equipment to enable increased levels of independence e.g. angled spoon.

Assessing and treating sensory difficulties.

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Occupational Therapy Week 2019, 4-10 November

The Occupational Therapy Team at Seashell assists students to participate effectively in all areas of everyday life.  They work within a multi-disciplinary team and support and train staff to facilitate student involvement in all activities that are important to the students.

This week we celebrate Occupational Therapy Week 2019 with a focus on the theme: Small Change, Big Impact.  The aim of this theme is to celebrate and champion the impact of occupational therapy on the lives of service users and the communities they live in. 

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Occupational Therapy Week 2019, 4-10 November, Toby

Occupational Therapists assist students to participate effectively in all areas of everyday life.  They work within the multi-disciplinary team and support and train staff to facilitate student involvement in all activities that are important to the student, including:

Enjoyment, satisfaction and a sense of achievement in taking part in activities leads to learning and mastering new skills and developing positive self esteem.

Physical wellbeing, for example improved stamina may be achieved through taking part in an enjoyable activity such as gardening.

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World Mental Health Day: yoga can help mental health for those with complex needs

As a charity our key priority is our young people, children and staff’s wellbeing. Today marks world mental health day so we’re sharing our key yoga and breathing tips for supporting mental health for children with disabilities and communication needs.

Yoga and mindfulness techniques can be introduced to reduce the stress and anxiety associated with sensory processing and communication difficulties, therefore, promoting a better mental health and wellbeing.

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Deafblind Awareness Week: Calendar Systems

A calendar system provides a way to support DB learners to develop communication, provide emotional support and power, as well as teaching abstract time concepts and vocabulary.

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Deafblind Awareness Week: Objects of Reference

“The role of the tangible object is central for the deafblind child’s communication and language learning, supporting a multi-modal approach using speech and co-active sign. If the bib is always put on for feeding, it becomes a key part of the child’s mental representation of feeding and the feeding process. After experiencing the routine over and over, just the touch of the bib will trigger the excitement, or relief, that the feed is coming.

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Deafblind Awareness Week: Object Cues

As part of deafblind week June 24th  our MSI Outreach Services Team have put some information on supporting deafblind learners with their communication needs.  Individuals who are deafblind use touch to access their world and those who have some functional vision and hearing it suppots making sense of those interactions.  They develop their understanding of the relationship of these objects to their environment, to anticipate and then to use them to communicate.  There are many tactile communication methods to support deafblind to interact with their world.

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Deafblind Awareness Week: Hand Under Hand

Learners who are deafblind, who cannot use their hearing to compensate for their hearing loss and cannot compensate their vision loss through hearing are truly deprived off information unless they learn to use their sense of touch.

These learners need a way to compensate for the missing information that vision and hearing provide.  Barbara Miles in her article The Importance of Hands for the Person Who is Deafblind writes:

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