Chattersense is a new community interest company (CIC) – developed and facilitated by a qualified Occupational therapist with a post graduate certificate in Ayres Sensory Integration and a Communication specialist with A Regional Makaton Training Qualification. It is dedicated to working with children who have difficulties with their communication skills and sensory processing issues.

Chattersense has been established with the objective of promoting all aspects of communication and sensory needs and will provide the opportunity for parents to learn basic skills to promote communication in its most natural format – through play, songs and fun activities!

Its work is aimed at those children who are delayed in their communication and their sensory issues are causing concerns.

In their work, they have identified that sensory differences can have a significant impact on a child’s ability to communicate effectively and have developed these groups to address this area of difficulty. Children who attend their groups do not have to have any kind of formal diagnosis and although they are advertised as general age groups, Chattersense will assess the child’s stage of development to ensure they are in the most suitable group to meet their individual needs.

All children have a very important job to do. They have to grow, learn, socialise and play. Children do this every day by exploring the boundaries of their abilities. When they are successful, children develop and thrive and this sense of achievement makes them happy.

“As an Occupational Therapist it is necessary to keep this at the forefront of intervention and should be in bedded into every aspect of treatment. However, if children have learning, emotional, psychological or physical difficulties, this can hinder their ability to grow, learn, socialise and play, resulting in them not coping with basic activities such as getting dressed or brushing their teeth. Equally at school, children may have difficulty concentrating in class or lack the confidence to take part in playground games such as playing catch. This will affect their ability to learn, participate in school activities and make friends, which can be difficult, because ‘fitting in’ is so important to a child’s self-esteem and happiness. Occupational therapists work with the child, parents and teachers to find solutions to minimise the difficulties children face, helping them get the most from life.”

College of Occupational Therapy


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