Our Early Access Physical and Sensory Team facilitates the early identification and intervention of social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs within children and young people who have a primary area of need related to physical and sensory conditions.
EHP's Early Access Physical and Sensory Team improves the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people with physical and sensory needs through taking a holistic approach. Supporting wellbeing and reducing the likelihood of further problems occurring happens through our early intervention and preventative measures. Increasing awareness of co-occurring needs supports an inclusive environment which in turn prevents future SEMH problems.
Children with physical health problems also need their mental wellbeing and health supported.
Future in Mind, 2015
When referring to physical and sensory needs, we include all levels of physical and sensory needs including, but not restricted to:
Physical and sensory needs may cause secondary SEMH needs, or they may occur independently. It is important to account for the primary area of needs when assessing or delivering interventions for SEMH needs. The primary area of need does not necessarily need to have received a diagnosis for our Early Access Physical and Sensory Team to provide input.
People who have physical and sensory needs are likely to have:
SEMH assessments and interventions are carried out in an inclusive nature to maximise the impact of our Early Access Physical and Sensory Team's input.
Our specialist services can be accessed by education, health and other professions working with children and young people.
Some children and young people require special educational provision because they have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of the educational facilities generally provided. These difficulties can be age related and may fluctuate over time. Many children and young people with vision impairment (VI), hearing impairment (HI) or a multi-sensory impairment (MSI) will require specialist support and/or equipment to access their learning, or habilitation support. Children and young people with an MSI have a combination of vision and hearing difficulties....
Some children and young people with a physical disability (PD) require additional ongoing support and equipment to access all the opportunities available to their peers.
SEND Code of Practice, 2015
Our Early Access Physical and Sensory Team consists of the following EHP professionals:
Using a combination of specialities allows us to offer a broad range of services to suit the SEMH needs of children and young people with physical and sensory needs. Our Early Access Physical and Sensory Team works alongside all EHP professionals to facilitate timely internal referrals and recommendations.
EHP is registered with all major professional memberships.
All the professionals you meet should treat you as a whole person, considering your physical and mental health needs together.
Future in Mind, 2015
Our Early Access Physical and Sensory Team provide screening and assessments to identify a broad range of SEMH needs. To deliver a cost effective service we also offer training related to carrying out and interpreting specific screening relevant to education settings prior to deciding whether a specialist assessment would be beneficial. Our specialist team may need to adapt screening and assessments to make them accessible without losing reliability. Screening and assessments provide information related to whether SEMH needs are a result of primary physical and sensory needs, or unrelated.
Early SEMH needs identification, and intervention, is important within children and young people who have physical and sensory needs because those needs could intensify SEMH needs. Accurate identification, followed by swift intervention, enables children and young people to overcome these secondary needs and maximise their potential. In the case where a child or young person has a physical disability which places them under Section 17 (a child in need) then there is more responsibility on the education setting to accurately and swiftly identify and address needs.
Interventions delivered by our Early Access Physical and Sensory Team will be adapted or bespoke to accommodate existing physical and sensory needs. Common types of interventions we deliver include:
Overcoming SEMH needs with our Early Access Physical and Sensory Team facilitates the opportunity to repeat the success in the future. If you have an intervention in mind which you would like us to provide then please get in touch to see how we can help.
Our Early Access Physical and Sensory Team provide a broad range of services on a whole school level to support the SEMH needs of children and young people with physical and sensory needs. A selection of the services we offer include:
There are many opportunities available for the implementation of a whole school approach in relation to physical, sensory and SEMH needs. Our specialist Early Access Physical and Sensory Team are flexible and adaptable to the needs within your education setting.
Our Early Access Physical and Sensory Team provide bespoke training in addition to set training. Set training topics include:
Bespoke training provides information tailored to the needs within your setting. Training is available as twilight sessions, INSET days and workshops. Our training can be provided onsite and offsite.
The best learning occurred in all types of provision when teachers or other lead adults had a thorough and detailed knowledge of the children and young people; a thorough knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning strategies and techniques, as well as the subject or areas of learning being taught; and a sound understanding of child development and how different learning difficulties and disabilities influence this.
Ofsted 2010 - a statement is not enough, 2010
There are many reasons to use EHP's Early Access Physical and Sensory Team. We maximise potential and wellbeing through:
Through supporting primary areas of need alongside SEMH needs, our Early Access Physical and Sensory Team offer a holistic service.
Our services can be funded through a variety of ways.
EHP's Early Access Physical and Sensory Team provides cost effective specialist services to support the SEMH of children and young people with physical and sensory needs. Our holistic approach to identifying needs and interventions is effective in overcoming barriers to learning.
Our specialist multidisciplinary services can be commissioned through a service level agreement and as standalone input.
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