Speech and Language Therapist – Job Vacancy

9 August 2022

Boy in Speech and Language Therapy

Come and be part of something innovative and exciting at a leading disability charity in north London.

  • £37,998 – £46,545 FTE, including Outer London Weighting. 27 days annual leave (pro rata if applicable)
  • Permanent, flexible – part-time/sessional. Full time considered
  • Flexible hours, with occasional evening/weekend/bank holiday working, and intensive blocks during school holidays
  • Based at CPotential, 143 Coppetts Road, London N10 1JP.

Working within our vibrant integrated multidisciplinary team, you will set up and establish a brand-new Speech & Language Therapy Service at CPotential, being responsible for your own clinical supervision and caseload and supervising more junior staff, students, and therapy assistants.

Download the full Job Pack – Speech & Language Therapist

You will be an experienced clinician with a recognised Speech & Language Therapy degree qualification, be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and have experience of providing assessment, management, and intervention for a wide range of communication needs for children with complex neurological and genetic conditions.

Boy with Elmo toy and switchWe are looking for someone professional and confident to be part of driving the strategy forward, and keen to make recommendations for innovations and be responsible for the implementation of such change.

You will manage a caseload of children and their families with varied and sometimes complex needs, undertaking appropriate assessment, intervention, and evaluation through programmes of therapy and support.

You will be a clear communicator and liaise with a wide range of people to include clients and their families, education, local authority, NHS services as well as independent and voluntary sector partners.

This role requires an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

If you are keen to get on board at a very exciting time in the charity’s almost 60-year history, please get in touch as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Meet the team at CPotential.

How to apply

Email us with your CV and Cover Letter, explaining how you best suit the criteria outlined in the full Job Pack – Speech & Language Therapist

We look forward to hearing from you.

Watch our video to find out more about CPotential and the families we’ve helped along the way.

£98 Mollii Suit Assessments

1 August 2022

Father with daughter in Mollii Suit

We are currently offering a 30% discount off EXOPULSE Mollii Suit Assessments at our Centre in Muswell Hill N10 1JP.

Book an assessment for £98 instead of the usual price of £140.

What is Mollii?

Boy standing in Mollii Suit with TherapistDeveloped by a chiropractor and researchers at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, Mollii is a breakthrough in relieving spasticity and improving muscle control. The suit stimulates muscles that are underactive or have low tone and relaxes spasticity in muscle groups. This leads to greater strength and flexibility, and can also help relieve chronic pain.

Who is Mollii suitable for?

Mollii is suitable for children (from 98cm) or adults with a variety of neurological conditions, including cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury, stroke, or multiple sclerosis.

How does Mollii help?

With regular use, Mollii can help a person gain more independence in daily life, by:

  • improving the range of movements in arms and legs
  • improving fine motor control, such as better hand control
  • helping them learn new movement patterns so they can execute movements correctly
  • helping with chronic pain.

How do I book a Mollii Suit Assessment?

Please complete our Mollii Suit Assessment form below:

50% off LEGO Therapy for August

1 August 2022

Girl building in LEGO Therapy

We would like to announce a special discount of 50% off LEGO Therapy over the following dates in August:

  • 8th August to 12th August
  • 15th August to 19th August

What is LEGO Therapy?

LEGO Therapy is an evidence-based intervention supporting language and communication development and many aspects of social skills using LEGO activities.

It was first developed in the mid-1990s by US paediatric neuropsychologist Daniel LeGoff, and can benefit children and adults with a variety of communication and social developmental difficulties.

At CPotential we use LEGO Therapy not only to develop social communication skills but also fine motor skills and coordination. We have a wide range of blocks to suit children with physical disabilities or complex fine motor skill manipulation difficulties. Our Occupational Therapist advises on appropriate resources and fine motor manipulation strategies when necessary.

Child playing with LEGO - LEGO Therapy at CPotentialWhat are the benefits of LEGO Therapy?

  • Social interactions – improves understanding of turn-taking, and teamwork, increases confidence in social situations, and overall social skills
  • Language and communication – improves communication and interaction, increases vocabulary, instructional language, correct use of prepositions, and listening skills
  • Cognition and learning – reinforces knowledge of shapes and colours, counting, sequencing, fosters creative thinking and problem solving, improves focus and concentration
  • Motor skills and coordination – improves motor skills and general coordination skills
  • Mental health – increases confidence and self-esteem, and lowers anxiety and stress.

Who is LEGO Therapy suitable for?

Any child who is able to verbally communicate and/or follow simple instructions, able to participate in a small group setting, and is motivated by LEGO activities.

Children in LEGO TherapyWhat happens in a LEGO Therapy session?

During a LEGO Therapy session, three or four children of similar ages and abilities work together to build a LEGO model.

Each child takes on one of four specific roles to do this:

  • The Engineer oversees reading and relaying the instructions. The Engineer must tell the Supplier what pieces to retrieve and tell the Builder how to build the model
  • The Supplier oversees finding the correct LEGO pieces. The Supplier must listen to the Engineer and figure out what piece to retrieve, and then give these pieces to the Builder
  • The Builder oversees the physical building of the model. The Builder must listen to instructions provided by the Engineer and receive the pieces that are retrieved by the Supplier
  • The Foreman makes sure everyone is doing what they need to do. They provide help to other roles when needed and look out for social challenges that may need problem-solving by the group.

Using this format provides each child with an opportunity to practice and develop a wide range of skills, including language skills (in both giving and receiving instructions) turn-taking, negotiating, sharing, and collaborative social problem-solving. It also encourages children to reflect on their own actions and skills as well as give constructive feedback to their peers.

The session is led by Dasha Conolly – a highly skilled SENCO and Conductive Assistant. Click here to Meet the Team.

How much is LEGO Therapy?

**Special August Offer – 50% discount **

We believe that no child or young person should go without treatment due to financial circumstances.

As a not-for-profit organisation, CPotential is committed to fundraising for bursary support so we can provide the very best tailored integrated rehabilitation programmes for children and young people with movement disorders, at a vastly reduced rate.

Our prices vary per session across our core suite of services, depending on personal circumstances, bursary availability, and eligibility criteria. To help us gauge eligibility for a Therapy Plan Bursary, we do require a household income range that best represents your current financial status. E.g. £0 to £25,000, £26,000 to £50,000, £51,000 to £75,000 or £76,000 to £100,000+. See baseline fees here.

There is a one-off fee of £20 for an initial assessment to access all CPotential services.

How do I book LEGO Therapy?

Please complete our form below and we’ll be in touch soon.

FREE Immersive Story Therapy – August

1 August 2022

Children in tent during Immersive Story Therapy

National Lottery Awards for All logoWe are absolutely delighted to receive some funding from the National Lottery Awards for All to run a limited number of FREE Immersive Story Therapy Blocks, as of August 2022. (Please note, a block = 5 daily sessions)

What is Immersive Story Therapy?

Stories hold magic for children as well as for adults. Their symbolic language can convey meaning more powerfully than thought out by rational discussion or explanation.

At CPotential we deliver Immersive Story Therapy with a multisensory approach. By using words, sounds, movement, art and cooking, we create the opportunity for children to express their internal world through story metaphors, characters and plots, and to express their feelings, worries, happiness and joy.

Stories provide a way for a child to explore who they are and what they feel, and by immersing themselves in a story – everyone is the creator.

Immersive Story Therapy at CPotential is delivered by highly experienced Dasha Conolly, SENCO and Conductive Educator Assistant.

Benefits of Immersive Story Therapy

  • Girl sitting in a foil tent with balloons in Immersive Story Therapy

    Enables the child to express their emotions and thoughts in a safe environment

  • Further develops language and communication skills
  • Helps to formulate thoughts and identify feelings through the character in the story
  • Improves confidence
  • Parents/carers benefit from connecting with other parents in the group environment and can share their common parenting experiences.

Immersive story therapy is not designed to be analysed and interpreted, it is to enable children (and adults) to express and note their feelings, resulting in a therapeutic effect.

Who is Immersive Story Therapy suitable for?

All aged children, and adults too.

The programme is suitable for children who may be struggling with their emotions, confidence, abilities to make friends, or express their needs in a positive way and feel accepted.

Children often struggle with their life stories which may be painful or complicated. Stories can lend them language (verbal or non-verbal) to express their worries, and anxieties but also joy and happiness – and knowing the difference between the different emotions.

What happens in an Immersive Story Therapy session?

Children preparing their story in Immersive Story Therapy

During August, Immersive Story Therapy will be delivered in a small group format as a block of 5 x 1 hour daily sessions. (Please note that to receive the sessions for free, the full block of 5 sessions will need to be booked). 

During each session, there will be a specific theme and function. Parent carers and children are equal participants in the whole programme and will not be supporting their own child through the process.

The program will consist of the following:

  • A story will be experienced through words, sounds movement and practical activities
  • The group will be split into 2 groups; each group creating its own story
  • The story will be finalised and performed/recorded/written – depending on what the group decides
  • Children and adults will be split into separate groups for half of the session and brought back for the second part when the parent/carer will be invited to create a memory journal with their child.

When are the upcoming dates for Immersive Story Therapy?

  • 8th August to 12th August
  • 15th August to 19th August 

How do I book Immersive Story Therapy?

Please complete our form below and we’ll be in touch soon.

Tiny Tim Casting – The Old Vic

30 June 2022

Lanterns from A Christmas Carol - TIny TIm Casting

Could you be a Tiny Tim?

The Old Vic Theatre is looking for a child aged 9+ (and under 4’6”) to play one of our Tiny Tims in the 2022/2023 revival of A Christmas Carol.

Please note that this one role will be shared between four children. In this production, the role of Tiny Tim is played by a disabled child so applicants without a disability will not be considered. Please note that any access requirements will be discussed at the point of submission.

Tiny Tim is nine years old and has the extraordinary power to melt Scrooge’s (and the audience’s) heart.

Requirements

Must be available for rehearsals and performances from Monday 03 October 2022 to Saturday 07 January 2023 inclusive. It would be preferable if you reside within an hour’s commute of The Old Vic.

Auditions will take place over the next few weeks — please apply as soon as possible. Please also share this with anyone who might know suitable children for this exciting project.

How to apply

  • Please email saffeya.shebli@oldvictheatre.com to apply, with TINY TIM in the subject line
  • Please give the child’s name, the name and contact details of a parent or guardian, a recent photograph or headshot of the child, and tell us a little bit about the child and their interests
  • Please specify at the point of application if the child has any access needs that we need to be aware of, in order to facilitate an audition.

Deadline to apply

8 July 2022

Tiny Tim Old Vic Casting Poster

LEGO Therapy has landed

22 June 2022

Child playing with LEGO - LEGO Therapy at CPotential

We are excited to announce the introduction of LEGO Therapy as part of the wide range of CPotential services.

LEGO Therapy is an evidence-based intervention supporting language and communication development and many aspects of social skills using LEGO activities.

Children in LEGO TherapyIt was first developed in the mid-1990s by US paediatric neuropsychologist Daniel LeGoff, and can benefit children and adults with a variety of communication and social developmental difficulties.

At CPotential, we use LEGO Therapy not only to develop social communication skills but also fine motor skills and coordination. We have a wide range of blocks to suit children with physical disabilities or complex fine motor skill manipulation difficulties. Our Occupational Therapist advises on appropriate resources and fine motor manipulation strategies when necessary.

LEGO Therapy brings plenty of benefits for children and young people, such as;

  • Social interactions – improves understanding of turn-taking, and teamwork, increases confidence in social situations, and overall social skills
  • Language and communication – improves communication and interaction, increases vocabulary, instructional language, correct use of prepositions, and listening skills
  • Cognition and learning – reinforces knowledge of shapes and colours, counting, sequencing, fosters creative thinking and problem solving, improves focus and concentration
  • Motor skills and coordination – improves motor skills and general coordination skills
  • Mental health – increases confidence and self-esteem, and lowers anxiety and stress.

Click here to find out more and to book an initial assessment or session.

We look forward to seeing all of the wonderful building projects soon!

Girl building in LEGO Therapy

Have your say on reforming SEND services

22 June 2022

Our SEND rights matter banner

Take action by 22 July!

We have to demand a fairer and more just system of support for disabled children and families.

The government is looking to reform disabled children’s services through a set of proposed policies in the ‘SEND Green Paper’. SENDABetterMessage-Campaign-Briefing

However, the government’s plans contain several worrying proposals that could further weaken the rights of families with disabled children and make it even harder for them to access support.

We need to ensure the government knows how these policies could impact families.

The government’s official consultation contains 22 long, quite complicated questions. As part of the #SENDABetterMessage campaign, with the help of parent carers and charities, the Disabled Children’s Partnership (DCP) have simplified the consultation into 6 simple questions on the most urgent points.

Take this action by 22 July to anonymously and directly share your experiences of navigating disabled children’s services with the government.

Click here to answer the 6 simple questions on reforming SEND services

Free Online Legal Sessions – Tuesday 5 July

14 June 2022

Dad holding son in arms

Free Legal Sessions Poster - 5 July In proud partnership with Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, they are offering free online legal drop-in advice sessions to families.

This is a great opportunity to discuss any legal, financial, or educational concerns or questions you may have.

When are the free sessions?

Tuesday 5 July 2022 – 10am to 2pm

How do I book a free online legal drop-in advice session?

To book a session for an informal chat with one of the Irwin Mitchell team, please get in touch with:

  • Alexandra Highfield 
  • Email: Alexandra.Highfield@IrwinMitchell.com 
  • Telephone: 020 7421 3961

Please note that Alexandra recently changed her surname from Evans to Highfield, so any previous correspondence email addresses you may have will still be received.

Click here to find out more about how Irwin Mitchell can help.

Please share with other families living with disabled children.

 

Carers Week 6-12 June

10 June 2022

What is Carers Week?

Carers Week is an annual campaign by Carersweek.org to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face, and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.

The campaign is brought to life by thousands of individuals and organisations who come together to provide support for carers, run activities, highlight the vital role carers play in our communities and draw attention to just how important caring is.

About Carers Week

The COVID-19 pandemic had a monumental impact on unpaid carers’ lives – not only because of the increased amount of care that many provided but because of the far-reaching effect that providing this level of care has had on unpaid carers. Many people also took on new caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill, or older and who need support.

They need to be recognised for the difficulties they are experiencing, respected for all they are doing, provided with information, and given the support they need to care safely. So during Carers Week, we are coming together to make caring Visible, Valued and Supported.

A carer is anyone who looks after a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness, addiction, or who needs extra help as they grow older. Caring’s impact on all aspects of life from relationships and health to finances and work can be significant. Whilst many feel that caring is one of the most important things they do, its challenges should not be underestimated. Caring without the right information and support can be tough. It is vitally important that we recognise the contribution carers make to their families and local communities, workplaces, and society, and that they get the support they need.

Join the Carers Week campaign here

Special needs family

 

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