Assessment and Intervention Breaks for Families

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Specialist breaks are offered for families with children at various ages and stages and for children with a suspected or confirmed dual diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Intensive breaks take place over 2 days, they are about the whole family and include support, activities and advice for parents and siblings, all shared with other families taking part in the break at Dickley Court in Kent.

Families have valuable opportunities to meet and spend time with other families with children with Down syndrome of the same age. Parents tell us that this is an enjoyable, supportive and sociable aspect to these breaks, which, combined with the highly skilled intervention of the practitioner team results in a life enhancing experience.

Therapeutic breaks are charged at £350 per family including two night’s accommodation (one before and one between the 2 days), food and all activities, a contribution of £30 is requested for additional siblings.

Intensive Assessment and Consultation

2 Day intensive consultations, including two night’s accommodation for:

Children between the ages of 1 and 5: Early Years Intensive Assessment and intervention;

The focus is on the development of speech and language skills as well as general development and wellbeing, delivered by our highly specialist team.

The 2 day programme is tailored to the needs and concerns of families attending each course. This includes group sessions for parents/relatives and children, workshops for families, and assessment and discussion time for individual families with one of our speech and language therapists, as well as free time for families to relax and chat with other families. Siblings are very welcome and our staff team provide fun activities while parents are in sessions. Reiki sessions and horse riding can be booked at additional cost.

 

Education Support: Children entering school or at primary stage

Two days of intensive consultation for children with Down syndrome entering school or within the primary stage of education. Highly specialist therapists focus on the development of speech and language skills as well as general development and well-being.

The two-day programme can include assessment and discussion time for individual families with one of our speech and language therapists, workshops for families, and sessions where our therapists work directly with the children in individual sessions and/or in group sessions. Siblings are welcome and our staff team provide fun activities while parents are in sessions. Reiki sessions and horse-riding can be booked at additional cost.

 

Secondary Transfer: Children at or transferring to secondary education

These two day intensive assessment and intervention consultations focus on the development of speech, language and communication skills, as well as general development and well being, with a specific focus on the social and organisational skills required in adolescence and secondary education. The course is delivered by our highly specialist therapists.

The 2-day programme can include sessions where our therapists work directly with young people within groups or individually, workshops for families and young people, and discussion time with individual families with one of our speech and language therapists. Siblings are welcome and our staff team provide fun activities while parents are in sessions. Reiki sessions and horse riding can be booked at additional cost.

 

Transitions: Young people leaving secondary education

These 2 day intensive consultations are designed for young people with Down syndrome who are leaving school and moving into college or adult services. Young people attend together with their families.

Staying, at Dickley Court, with other families with young adults with Down syndrome of the same age is a very positive addition to the specialist therapeutic input which focuses on the particular challenges and opportunities available to young people leaving school.

 

Children with a dual diagnosis of Down Syndrome and Autistic Spectrum Disorder

New to our range of Intensive Assessment and Intervention Breaks this year are 2 day breaks to support families of children with Down Syndrome who have a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Lead by our specialist team, including Francis Harvey, Consultant Clinical Psychologist for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders, specialist speech and language therapists and Judith Reep, our Consultant Occupational Therapist. The 2 days are about the whole family and so there is support, advice and activities for parents and siblings, all shared with other families taking part in the break. Families have opportunities to discuss how a diagnosis of ASD helps in understanding issues and support needs for their child and to explore strategies and interventions that can help the child/young person and their family move forward with interaction and communication skills, as well as finding practical solutions for challenges in every day life.