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General

Are you the British Institute for Brain Injured Children?

We started out as the British Institute for Brain Injured Children but are now known as bibic as our former name did not reflect the wide range of conditions we now work with.

Do you provide respite care?

Unfortunately, we do not currently have the facilities to provide respite care.

Is the assessment suitable for your child?

What conditions can bibic work with?

We can work with children with a wide range of conditions including cerebral palsy, dyslexia, Down’s syndrome, developmental delay, Asperger syndrome, autism, ADHD and many more. We also work with children with no diagnoses.

Are there any conditions that you can’t work with?

We are unable to work with children with degenerative conditions or mental health issues.

Does my child need a diagnosis to have an assessment?

You do not need a diagnosis as we aim to treat your child’s difficulties rather than their condition. To discuss your individual needs, please call our National Assessment Centre or complete an Enquiry Form

Does my child have to be a certain age before we can visit bibic?

At bibic we work with children and young people from the ages of six months and up.

Assessment and therapies

What does an assessment entail?

Please see our information on the types of bibic assessment.

What difference will the bibic programme make to my child’s life?

The degree of impact varies for each child. bibic works with your child to reach their full potential whatever that may be. Life for your child can be happier and less stressful and their behaviour can improve.

How does the bibic programme work?

The bibic programme, which is based on the ‘theory of neuroplasticity’ consists of a series of techniques and strategies to work to strengthen your child’s existing skills. Through daily practice your child will be encouraged to exercise their body and mind and learn how to cope more effectively with the daily demands placed upon them. As parents, you will learn how to communicate and interact with your child more effectively, so that the whole family benefits.

How is the individual programme designed?

Following the assessment our therapists work as part of a team to design a structured daily programme, which is specifically developed for your child. This programme is fully explained and demonstrated so you can learn how to carry out the exercises properly and in the correct order. This is to ensure you have full understanding of how to continue to help your child develop.

How long will the programme take?

The bibic programme is designed to be manageable within daily family life and therefore the length of each programme varies to suit each individual family. On average a programme lasts 30 minutes per day. However, this does not have to be achieved in one session, it can be broken down throughout the day.

What impact will the bibic programme have on my family?

How the bibic programme will impact on your family life varies depending on your child’s needs, condition and the family dynamics. bibic aims to help you understand your child and how life is for them, but overall the impact on the family is positive. For example, we will suggest strategies to improve communication, reduce negative behaviour, promote independence and encourage your family to work together successfully. Your whole family can enjoy watching your child’s achievements.

Will I need special equipment to carry out the programme at home?

Some aspects of the programme may require equipment. Your therapist will be able to advise you on where this can be obtained and wherever possible they will advise you on low cost alternatives.

Can other family members attend my child’s assessment?

We are a family driven organisation and encourage immediate and extended families as well as other people involved in a child’s development to attend together.  It is important to point out, however, that as parents you need to be responsible for any siblings that may attend.  Whenever possible we try to involve the siblings and other family members in the learning and delivery of parts of the programme.

Can you diagnose?

We do not diagnose at bibic, however there are times when it may be relevant to carry out a screening within the assessment for a particular condition. This screening will not provide a diagnosis, but it will give an indicator of the likelihood of the condition being present, and may therefore provide some insight into a child’s difficulties. This may support parents/carers to gain additional investigation into their child’s condition.

The screeners currently used at bibic cover the following areas:

  • Autistic spectrum disorder
  • Asperger’s syndrome
  • Dyslexia
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

What qualifications do bibic therapists have?

Our therapists come from a range of backgrounds, including education, home education, care services, as well as vast experience of working with children and adults with learning difficulties.  All new therapists are trained in house for 6 months before they assess on their own and are also required to complete CCET training through the British Psychological Society, which usually takes a year to attain.

Our in-house training covers all areas of development including sensory processing, communication, social development, gross and fine motor skills, and behaviour as well as 40 years’ worth of experience passed on from previous bibic therapists.

They are also trained in communications techniques such as PECs and undergo Johansen Individualised auditory stimulation provide training allowing them to deliver this programme.

Do you work with other professionals already involved with my child?

We encourage collaborative working and are more than happy to work alongside any other professional currently involved with your child. We are also able to undertake joint assessments and can arrange for other professionals (for example speech and language therapists, nutritionists, and more) to attend the assessment if you feel this may be of benefit.

If you have copies of recent reports from other professionals, you may like to share them with your bibic therapist either during the assessment or by sending them to us prior to the assessment.

How often will I need to come back?

Approximately every six months, depending on the child’s individual needs. This is discussed with your keyworker during the 6 months post the assessment.

Can I have more than one of my children assessed?

Yes, we have many siblings on programme. Each child would be seen by an individual therapist. If you would like to bring more than one child for an assessment at the same time, we ask that you ensure there is a responsible adult with each child for the duration of the assessment.

What happens if I need help after my assessment?

You will be allocated a keyworker. This will be the therapist you see on your child’s initial assessment. You will have unlimited access to them by telephone or email for 6 months following your assessment to help with any questions you may have.

Will I always see the same therapist?

At your first re-assessment in most cases you will see the same therapist you saw for your initial assessment to keep the continuity. From assessment three onwards we encourage children and families to use the expertise of the whole therapy team, so would normally book you in with another therapist.

Costs, enquiries and booking an assessment

How long will it take to get a response to my enquiry?

We aim to respond to all enquiries within two working days, however in exceptional circumstances this may be longer.

How can my child be referred for an assessment?

You can self-refer by phoning our National Assessment Centre on 01458 253344 or complete our online enquiry form. It is possible for professionals to refer a child with the parents’/carers’ permission.

How do I book an appointment?

Please phone our National Assessment Centre on 01458 253344 or complete our online enquiry form.

How much will it cost for an assessment?

We ask families to pay £450 for a two-day assessment. This can be paid by cheque, card, cash or can be paid in instalments. Please phone our Family Services Co-Ordinator on 01458 253344 to find out more about payment options.

Is there a waiting list?

Our waiting list varies.  We aim to book you in for your 2-day assessment with 6 months of your enquiring, however in exceptional circumstances this may be longer.  Please ask about being placed on our cancellation list as occasionally appointments become available at short notice due to family illness.

Are you open during school holidays?

We are, although these tend to be our busiest times, so it’s wise to book in advance if you need to have an assessment during this time.

Do you provide funding/grants to children?

We do not provide direct funding or grants to individual families, but we can provide details of other organisations that may be able to help. Families who cannot afford to pay for the bibic programme will never be turned away due to financial hardship and should contact us to discuss the various ways we can help.

Do you work with all children no matter where they live?

Yes, we assess all children and young people at our National Assessment Centre.

School related questions

Will my child’s school let them have time off to attend their assessment?

Schools’ individual policies on this will vary, however most are generally accommodating if they understand the nature of the appointment and the potential benefits for the child. We will provide you with a written confirmation letter if you need proof of your child’s appointment.

Can you advise us on which school to send our child to?

Unfortunately not, as we see children from all over the UK and do not have specialised knowledge of schools across the entire country.

Can you help me talk to my child’s school?

We aim to help you understand your child’s strengths and areas of difficulty better so you feel able to communicate more effectively with their school.  We are happy to talk with teachers, support workers and SENCO’s if permission is received and in certain circumstances our assessment can be carried out in the school, although this may incur some additional cost.

Alternatively, following the assessment the techniques and strategies we teach you can be shared between the school and home environments. In addition, a detailed written report is provided after your child’s assessment which you may like to share with their school.

Practicalities

Do you provide refreshments during our visit?

We provide tea, coffee, water and kitchen facilities, which include a microwave and fridge. We advise you to bring a packed lunch, though there are several cafes and shops in the surrounding area.

We need somewhere to stay overnight, can you help?

Somerset is a well-known tourist destination and Langport is a lovely village with plenty of amenities. We can provide families who have booked an assessment with the names of local bed and breakfasts, self-catering accommodation and hotels.  We do advise that you contact these facilities directly to identify if they suit your specific needs.

What should my child wear to their assessment?

Comfortable loose clothing and sensible shoes would be best, as there may be some physical activities during the day.

My child needs a sleep during the day, will this be ok?

Yes of course, please let us know and we will work the timings of the assessment around your child’s needs.

My child uses special equipment, should I bring it?

Please bring any equipment that your child uses regularly, such as splints, communication aids etc as long as it is practical to do so.

Will my child need their glasses?

Please bring these with you for the child to wear during their assessment.

Do I need to bring any toys?

We have plenty of toys and equipment here at bibic, however you may like to bring some of your child’s favourite things.

We have plenty of toys and equipment here at bibic, however you may like to bring some of your child’s favourite things.

Is there parking at the National Assessment Centre?

We have ample free parking and two disabled spaces set aside specifically for bibic families.

What time does the day start and finish?

We aim to keep the day within school hours, please arrive at 9.15am for a 9.30am start. The day usually finishes around 2.30pm – 3pm.

What happens if my child is ill and cannot attend?

Please ring us as soon as you know your child is ill. Provided you let us know and your reason for not attending the assessment is genuine there will be no charge to reschedule the assessment.

Questions about the report

How long will the report take to arrive?

We aim to send the report to you within three weeks, however in exceptional circumstances this may take longer.

Who do you send the report to?

We only send the report to the parents/carers, who are welcome to make copies and share it with whoever they wish.

Can I use the bibic report to help my child access further support
around special educational needs?

The bibic report is not designed specifically with this in mind, but rather as a clear indication of what difficulties your child is experiencing and a range of practical and effective methods to help them address those.  We find that special needs services in schools will certainly consider our report when deciding what further services and support they can offer, as will health services when making diagnoses.
If we have not been able to answer your question and you would like to speak to us, please do not hesitate to us a call on 01458 253344. We are always happy to answer your questions.

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