Transforming lives with developmental therapy
At bibic we look at every child holistically and focus on all concerns, difficulties and symptoms, and link them together if we can.
We work with the family as a whole to find techniques that will fit into busy lives and support the family unit as much as the individual child and listen to everyone. At bibic, our developmental therapists are good listeners and take on board all concerns and struggles; they are very understanding and do not judge. They recognise that everybody is doing the best they can. The assessment takes place over a two day period which concludes with an individualised therapy programme that is demonstrated and given to the family on the second day.
After the assessment, we offer families six months of key work support to help them with their home-based therapy programme. bibic is here for as long as families need our help and can come back for as many reassessments as a child needs.
bibic developmental therapy – how it works
bibic’s developmental therapy programme is based upon neuroplasticity, or brain plasticity, which refers to the brain’s ability to undergo alterations in response to internal and external environmental changes (May, Hajak et al 2007). Implemented on a daily basis at home, the individualised therapy plan helps to develop new pathways within the child’s brain. Through daily practice, a child is encouraged to exercise their body and mind and learn how to cope more effectively with the daily demands placed upon them. Parents learn how to communicate and interact with their child more effectively, so that the whole family benefits.
Every person’s brain is unique, which is why our plans and strategies are individualised to each child and their family. We tailor everything we do to the child’s needs and to support the family.
The assessment process – what to expect
When a child visits for an assessment, a family will work with one of our developmental therapists, discuss relevant history and decide with the parents/carers the best course of action to take.
The bibic assessment consists of a comprehensive testing process using a wide range of recognised and standardised tests. These tests are considered highly reliable and valid and enable us to compare a child’s ability to their peer group and accurately measure progress.
We look at development as a whole and may cover the following areas of development as part of the assessment process:
• Underlying ability (IQ and non-verbal reasoning skills)
• Language comprehension (understanding)
• Expressive language (speech)
• Working memory (the ability to hold information in your mind whilst carrying out an activity e.g. listening to someone talk whilst taking notes)
• Visual perception skills (the way your brain interprets visual information)
• Motor skills (movement – for example balance, coordination and handwriting)
• Visual motor integration (the ability to use visual and motor skills together)
• Academic skills (reading, spelling, math’s, sentence reading comprehension)
• Sensory processing (this refers to how the brain registers, interprets and uses information from the sensory systems – these include sight, hearing, touch, smell, body awareness and balance)
A therapist will use their professional judgement to identify the specific tests to use, dependent on a child’s abilities, presenting difficulties and their parents’/carers’ main concerns. Upon completion of the assessment parents/carers are given a full verbal explanation of the test results and how this may be impacting upon their child’s development.
We also look at sensory processing to assess whether a child is typical, under responsive or over responsive. If required, the therapist will then put together a sensory programme that suits the family and address the child’s difficulties.
Individualised developmental therapy programme
After an assessment, the therapists meet to discuss each case; this way every child is getting as much knowledge and experience across disciplines that bibic can offer. An extensive therapy programme is then put together for the child to address their needs and parents/carers are provided with a detailed therapeutic programme for implementation at home and school to support their child with the difficulties identified during assessment.
Results are included in a comprehensive report following the assessment which clearly identify the developmental levels a child has reached. The therapist will also give a full verbal explanation of the results during the assessment.
In this plan strategies and interventions are detailed that are needed to support the child. These strategies fit into the following categories:
• Sensory processing interventions
• Communication interventions
• Support for the school/learning environment; and
• additional interventions such as sleep solutions, auditory stimulation and behaviour support and other areas as required.
The sensory processing interventions are carefully constructed strategies to help the child better regulate themselves and to help them process sensory information more effectively. The other parts of the therapy plan are specifically designed to enable the child to become more independent and to be more settled on a day to day basis. As part of the detailed report, we provide strategies for schools to support the child within a classroom and how to empower the child with their learning.
We make sure that parents/carers are given training by our therapists to enable them to do the techniques effectively at home and each family is provided with a file of information to help support their child at home; this information is specifically tailored for the child’s needs and no two programmes are the same. The information is devised by our bibic trained therapists and has been developed over many years of experience.
For happier, more rewarding lives
bibic’s individualised therapy strategies make a positive difference to everyday life, enabling greater independence, increasing confidence and self-esteem and importantly, improve life choices helping a child achieve their full potential.
As a result of bibic’s integrated approach, many parents say they are more aware, confident and able to make informed choices about issues affecting their child’s life:
“Better understanding and strategies have changed all our lives, I now recognise warning signs, when Josh is struggling with life, and how to pre-empt a melt down and head it off”.
“The bibic report meant school could implement the recommendations and our son is now more likely to engage in education”.
“Jade is less isolated in school and more able to have positive relationships with peers and teachers”.
“We’re now able to do normal family things. Her academic skills have improved, she now sees to her own personal care, and gets herself about at school”.