It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

So sings the crooner Andy Williams. And it can be with some careful planning. Here’s a little list of things we have found useful over the years. Introduce decorations, presents, cards, Santa and the story of Christmas slowly through books and social stories. Buy your tree early, go at a quiet time and choose together. Put it outside and discuss where to place it inside. Place a few decorations on each day. Choose lights with different settings. If you need to have two trees, one for you and one that your child can decorate. Avoid the temptation of moving their…

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Reducing Restraint and Behaviours that Challenge; through the senses- professionals

This 2-day Weekend Workshop for health, social care and special education professionals is brought t you by the team at Sensory Project. The workshop will provide an opportunity to develop individualised sensory strategies using Chain Analysis and personalised Sensory Ladders to understand and support communication and self-regulation. This course is suitable for those working with people with all levels of cognitive ability. Over the two days you will explore using the theory of Sensory Integration to understand and analyse behaviours that can be challenging to health and social care professionals and care teams. You will consider how sensory integration difficulties…

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Autism Study Day with Thrive OT and Target Autism

Improving Attention and Learning Potential for Children with ASD- A day course for teachers, support assistants, SENCos and parents. This course provides a wide range of practical ideas and strategies to support and improve learning outcomes, all based on insight into the unique learning style and challenges experienced by children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders), social communication disorders and associated difficulties. The course is suitable for anyone working or living with a child with ASD or similar difficulties; whether new to the field or seeking to broaden their understanding and skills. Tuesday 23rd January or Wednesday 25th April 2018 Malcolm…

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Out of the box thinking

Applying to a local charity to fund for training is a different way to engage our services. This is what a parent in Market Harborough did when she realised that school staff couldn’t access sensory processing training any other way. The Market Harborough and Bowden’s Charity agreed to fund a half day interactive workshop for staff at a Market Harborough primary school. Opportunities were provided to explore sensory preferences, to experience sensory overload and to try out sensory equipment- including sour sweets and a vibrating pillow! Discussions included strategies to help children stay calm and alert, accommodations to the environment for…

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Introducing our new director

Jennifer Barrow, who has been an associate with Thrive for the last 5 years, has become our new director. Jennifer qualified as an occupational therapist in 1991 from Trinity College, Dublin and has recently completed the advanced practitioner training in Ayres Sensory Integration as part of her MSc pathway. She has worked within the UK and Guernsey, Channel Islands, supporting families and children in improving health and well-being. Jennifer joins Alison Barrett, Director, and together they hope to continue growing the business to match the needs of children and families.

Auguri (Best Wishes)

We start with a farewell to our founding director, Brenda McDonald. The enterprise she started in September 2010 with a vision to improve occupational therapy services offered to local children, has grown into a thriving (excuse the pun) company offering support, training and intervention packages to schools and parents in Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Leicestershire and Warwickshire. Brenda you will be missed and best of luck on your new adventures.