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Speech and Language Therapy

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Speech and Language Therapy refers to providing support, care and treatment to people who have difficulty communicating or with feeding and swallowing.
People with communication difficulties can find it difficult to form words, talk clearly, express their ideas or understand spoken language. Communication difficulties can also relate to knowing how to use language appropriately and diffiuclties interacting with other people. This can make it more diffiuclt to form positive relationships with others.
The Speech and Language Therapy service at Mind Institute aims to provide a personalized and holistic package of care for each child, which reflects their individual strengths and needs and is in line with their aims and aspirations, and the aims of those who care for them.

Speech and Language Therapy includes:

  • Language evaluation using informal observation, structured tasks along with standardized tests and norm-referenced materials. Choosing the assessment tools depends on the age of the child, their cooperation level and current level of functioning.
  • Language intervention activities: In these exercises, the therapist interacts with the child by playing and talking. The therapist may use pictures, books, objects, or ongoing events to stimulate language development. The therapist may also model correct grammatical structures, rich vocabulary and use repetition exercises to build speech and language skills.
  • Articulation Therapy: Articulation, or sound production, exercises involve having the therapist model correct sounds and syllables for a child, often during play or structured activities. The level of activities is age-appropriate and related to the child’s specific needs. The therapist usually physically shows the child how to make certain sounds, such as the “r” sound, and may demonstrate how to move the tongue to produce specific sounds.
  • Social skills intervention: this is often carried out in a small group (2-6 children) and involves the therapist modelling, explicitly teaching and providing children with opportunities to practice and develop their social interaction skills with other children
  • Working with parents, carers and teachers to help make sure a child’s environment at home and/or school is set up to support any communication difficulties and to facilitate the development of the child’s communication skills

Who can benefit from Speech and Language Therapy?

  • Speech and Language Therapy can help children presenting with a range of communication, feeding and swallowing or learning challenges.
  • Speech and Lanaguge Therapy can help children to improve their communication skills, enhance learning potential, develop independence and boost confidence and self esteem.
  • Speech and Langage Therapy can also help parents, carers and professionals to underastand communication challenges and how best to support children’s communication skills development.
  • Speech and Lanaguge Therapy services can support organisations to create communication friendly environments that maximize communication and interaction opportunities and effectively support those interactions.

At what age can a child start receiving Speech and Language Therapy?

  • Evidence shows that early intervention is really important for supporting communication difficulties. Therapy should begin as soon as a lag or difficulty in the child’s speech, language and/or communication skills is identified by a parent or teacher and later confirmed by a speech and language therapist. Early intervention leads to better outcomes for children.
  • Communication difficulties can impact negatively on academic attainment, social interactions and self-esteem. It is important to make sure children with communication difficulties receive the right support and help to build on the things they do really well and to help them with the things they find difficult.
  • Children enrolled in Therapy early in their development tend to have better outcomes than those who begin Therapy later. Older children can still have good outcomes following Therapy, but they may progress at a slower rate and may need more support.
  • The ability of a child to overcome their language difficulties depends on several factors, among which are the age of diagnosis, the regularity and intensity of effective intervention, and the child’s intellectual abilities.

At Mind Institute the following speech and language services are provided by a team of highly qualified speech and language therapists:

Assessing, treating and supporting speech, language and communication diffiuclties in children who present with:

  • Language delay including cases where children have global developmental delay and/ or cognitive difficulties
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Communication impairments related to other neurodevelopmental disorders e.g. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Selective mutism
  • Specific Language impairment
  • Hearing difficulties (peripheral hearing impairment & central auditory processing disorders)
  • Social-communication disorders / semantic pragmatic disorders
  • Dysfluency (stuttering / stammering & cluttering)
  • Resonance disorders, nasality & cleft palate
  • Articulation disorders
  • Voice disorders
  • Swallowing disorders & oral motor difficulties
  • Drooling
  • Apraxia / dyspraxia (problems with programming of speech act); verbal (speech) or oral
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Language-based learning disabilities (language problems in children can commonly be associated with other learning difficulties such as dyslexia, comprehension difficulties and/or difficulties expressing ideas on paper i.e. composition difficulties)
  • Communication support for children who use assistive and augmentative communication systems
  • Aquired communication diffiuclties

Types of Therapy sessions:

  • Individual 1:1 sessions
  • Group Therapy (to help enhance social communication skills; initiation, interaction, turn-taking, etc.)

Additional services offered by the Speech and Language Therapy service

  • Tailored training and support packages for parents and carers
  • Providing schools with advice and strategies on how to meet the communication needs of individual pupils
  • School based assessment
  • Comprehensive training packages for schools and other educational provisions
  • Joint planning and support for the delivery of education sessions at Mind Institute
  • Advice and recommendations on the management and support of communication impairments
  • Tailored training programmes for professionals and other staff working with children up to 19 years

II- Auditory-verbal techniques for children with hearing impairments
II-Language-related pre-academic transition services to prepare children for preschool and early kindergarten years

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Occupational Therapy

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Occupational Therapy provides interventions for children who have or are at risk of having developmental delays. They may be experiencing difficulties functioning in one or more areas of their lives.

Occupational Therapy will facilitate the child’s performance of co-ordinated gross and fine motor skills, promote listening skills, social play and interaction skills, self regulation skills, executive functioning as well as self-care skills. Other focus areas may include helping children to develop sensory coping strategies, improve their memory, perceptual skills, abstract reasoning, problem solving, motor planning and developing effective sleep hygiene routines.

The Occupational Therapy service at Mind Institute aims to provide a personalized and holistic package of care for each child, which reflects their individual strengths and needs and is in line with their aims and aspirations, and the aims of those who care for them.

Occupational Therapy includes:

  • Comprehensive Observations and Assessments:
  • Assessment reports
  • Progress reports
  • Parent / Carer consultation
  • Customized Treatment Programs aim at improving Childs ability to perform daily activities
  • Provision of in-home and in-school programs as appropriate
  • Adaptive equipment recommendation and usage training as appropriate
  • Family / Carer and Teacher training, guidance and support.
  • Working with parents and teachers to set up the provision at home and in school programs as appropriate and to facilitate the development of the child through family, carer and teacher training, guidance and support.

Who can benefit from Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy will benefit children with a wide variety of abilities who experience difficulties in functioning to their full potential. For example Children diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Learning Disabilities (LD), Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy.

We enjoy working with children who require extra support and utilizes play Therapy as a common framework in order to develop effective therapeutic relationships in order to achieve set goals.

At what age can a child start receiving Occupational Therapy?

  • Occupational Therapy can be provided to support children 0-18 years.
  • The first 3 years of life are a critical time for brain development, especially if a child is delayed or restricted in development. If a child needs support to develop optimally, Occupational Therapy can help.
  • Evidence shows that early intervention is really important for supporting developmental delays. Therapy should begin as soon as a lag or difficulty in the child’s functioning skills is identified by a parent or teacher and later confirmed by an occupational therapist.

At Mind Institute the following Occupational Therapy services are provided by a team of highly qualified occupational therapists:
Assessing, treating and supporting children with:

  • Sensory Processing Dysfunction
  • Sensorimotor Skills
  • Visual Perceptual Skills
  • Visual-Motor Integration
  • Fine Motor Control
  • Gross Motor Control
  • Balance & Co-ordination
  • Self-Care Skills
  • Sleep Hygiene
  • Social and Play interaction Skills
  • Executive Functioning Skills
  • Handwriting
  • DCD (dyspraxia)



Types of Therapy sessions:

Following a functional assessment and family consultation a treatment plan will be developed towards their goals.

This could include:

    • 1:1 Treatment sessions: Intensive Therapy sessions focusing on specific skill development at home or in school. Normally delivered in blocks of 8 sessions where the aim is to address child’s difficulties, help boost confidence and self esteem.
    • Group sessions: Small groups working interprofessionally with speech and language therapists / physical therapists depending on the child’s needs and set goals.
    • Home and / or school sessions: This program uses child’s strengths to build on their weakness incorporating activities throughout their day whilst increasing opportunities to practice and develop their target skills. Some individual 1:1 sessions can also be provided to support the program implementation.
    • Techniques and Strategies: These are provided as part of a child’s report and include practical advice to improve the child’s skills. This could be for teachers as well as for use in the home environment in order to maximize child’s independence and management of daily challenges.
    • Progress reviews: These are provided as part of a child’s report and include practical advice to improve the child’s skills.

Additional services offered by the Occupational Therapy service:

    • Early childhood intervention and family support
    • Sensory diet and Sensory management planning
    • Physical activities to develop coordination/ body awareness
    • Adaptive strategies, including coping with transitions
    • Play activities to help with communication and interaction / developing self esteem and confidence
    • School based assessments
    • Comprehensive training packages for schools and other educational provisions
    • Joint planning and support for the delivery of education sessions at Mind Institute
    • Advice and recommendations for the management and support of developmental delays.
    • Tailored training programs for professionals and other staff working with children up to 18 years
    • Providing Management strategies for other mental health conditions such as OCD, PTSD, anxiety.
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Physical Therapy

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What is Physical Therapy?
Physical Therapy uses specific exercises and equipment to help children maintain , regain and improve their physical abilities while promoting participation at home, in school, and other daily life activities.

Physical Therapy helps to facilitate the child’s performance of developmental milestones such as crawling and walking, flexibility (increasing their range of motion), balance and coordination, and adaptive play.

Physical Therapy includes:

  • Comprehensive observations and assessments
  • Progress reports
  • Parent/ carer consultations
  • Customized treatment program
  • Teaching and practice of functional developmental, motor, and mobility skills
  • Therapeutic exercise for strengthening, endurance, and joint mobility
  • Balance and coordination activities
  • Support for recreation, play, and leisure
  • Adaptation of daily care activities and routines
  • Use of assistive technology
  • Home activity recommendations

Who can benefit from Physical Therapy?
Physical Therapy will benefit children who have difficulty moving in such a way that it limits their ability to carry out daily and nescessary activities. This includes children with Cerebral Palsy, heart and lung conditions, and birth defects such as Spina Bifida.

We work extensively with children who need treatment to improve mobility, motion and support to reduce pain.

At what age can a child start receiving Physical Therapy?
Physical Therapy can be provided to support children 0-18 years.

At Mind Institute the following Therapy services are provided by a team of highly qualified physical therapists:
We deliver the highest quality care through assessment, treatment and exercise prescription. Our focus is on enhancing core stability, lower extremity function and gross motor ability.

By creating individualized therapeutic programs based on evaluation and evidence-based practices, we support children with:

  • Developmental delays
  • Coordination and balance disorders
  • Neurological impairments
  • Genetic disorders
  • Orthopaedic disabilities
  • Post trauma and lower extremity surgery
  • Sports injuries
  • Muscle coordination concerns

Types of Therapy sessions:

  • Treatment sessions: Intensive one on one Therapy sessions focusing on specific skill development at home or in school such as: motor control and motor learning, neurodevelopmental treatment, manual Therapy, strengthening and neuromuscular reeducation, electrical stimulation and gait training.

Additional services offered by the Physical Therapy service:

  • Early childhood intervention and family support
  • A wide variety of equipment to enhance the treatment program
  • Personally designed treatment plans according to each child’s unique situation, needs and goals
  • School based assessments
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Child and Adolescent Psychology Department

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Our child and adolescent psychology services is a group of highly-trained and experienced psychologists offering face to face individual Therapy to children and adolescents up to aged eighteen.

The diverse skills and theoretical orientations offered by the therapists enable us to assess, provide psychological explanations and to deliver Therapy that is tailored to your individual needs.

Many children and adolescents feel anxious, depressed, overwhelmed, or homesick at some point during their college experience, and need help dealing with their feelings or problems. Common concerns are family stress, concerns about alcohol and substance use, struggles in relationships, difficulties in making friends, academic challenges, among others.

Therapy includes:

  • Identifying troubling situations or conditions in your life.
  • Promoting self-compassion and understanding of thoughts, emotions and beliefs about difficulties experienced.
  • Identifying your existing coping strategies and resilience.
  • Learning and practicing techniques such as relaxation, coping, resilience, stress management and assertiveness.
  • Promoting positive change in your life.
  • Identifying and working on unhelpful thoughts, feelings and behaviors.

Who can benefit from our psychology services?
Many children and adolescents can benefit from Child and Adolescent Psychology services. They may suffer from different difficulties such as :

  • Depression
  • Stress and anxiety
  • College adjustment issues such as homesickness, academic problems
  • Interpersonal issues-friendship and romantic relationship difficulties
  • Bereavement and loss issues
  • Questions/confusion about identity, sexuality, gender, or religious concerns
  • Concerns about body image, food, eating , or weight
  • Experiences of sexual assault, relationship violence, or abuse
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Behaviors that can be harmful to you, like drug or alcohol abuse or cutting

At what age can a child start receiving Therapy?
A child can start receiving Therapy from age of 4.

At Mind Institute the following Therapy services are provided by a team of a highly qualified psychologists:

  • Cognitive-behavioral Therapy (CBT) has two main aspects. The cognitive part works to develop helpful beliefs about your life. The behavioral side helps you learn to take healthier actions. CBT often works well for depression, anxiety and phobia, but it can also be used for other difficulties. CBT works on the here and now and is a ‘doing’ Therapy.
  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy helps people develop a better understanding about their unconscious emotions and motivations derived from the past that can affect their thoughts and actions. It is a longer term Therapy that focuses on promoting positive change in relationships with others.
  • Person-centred counselling is a non-directive form of counseling that helps promote change through the client-therapist relationship.

Types of Therapy sessions:
The first few sessions are spent clarifying the problem. This helps you and your therapist identify which therapeutic approach will be most helpful. Then, you and your therapist will decide on goals for your work together.
Additional services offered by the mental health service:

In certain situations the therapist may suggest further support which may lead to a specific diagnosis.

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Dance & Music Therapy

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Dance and Music Therapy at Mind Institute will form part of the intervention plan offered to your child dependent upon your child’s individual needs.

The use of Dance and Music Therapy addresses the development of social skills and interaction, communication and cognition. It will also provide multi-sensory stimulation (auditory, visual, proprioceptive, vestibular and tactile), adding improvement to the child’s body awareness, movement, co-ordination and balance. Music and Dance Therapy will allow for appropriate expression of emotions whilst enhancing self-regulation skills. It gives the child a new way of communicating feelings and emotions.

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Home Therapy

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Home based therapy takes place in our client’s homes rather than in our therapy center, for those who have difficulty accessing our services. Home based therapy provides one on one support tailored to the client’s needs and can be used intermittently or as a primary approach.
 
Treatment provided in the home allows the relationship between therapist and client to develop rapidly as the client is more relaxed, therefore growth can often occur more readily.
 
If you feel home based therapy is for you please contact our intake team.

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