07496 528506 ¦ Growing Hope - Free therapy clinics for children and their families

FAQs

1. Making a referral

How long will I have to wait for my child’s referral to be processed?

We will try to process your child’s referral within one working week. If you have not heard from us after this time, please contact us.

How do I know if the referral I made has been accepted?

If your referral has been accepted, you will receive an email from us with confirmation and with information either about our waiting list process or with an appointment date and time for your child’s assessment.

Will you make referrals to other services?

If the therapist feels that your child would benefit from another service that is offered by Growing Hope, they will refer you directly to the appropriate therapist. If a referral outside of Growing Hope is needed, you will be asked to take your child’s report and recommendations to your GP.

I’m not a Christian – can I still refer a child or young person to Growing Hope?

Absolutely, we welcome any children or young people living in the local area who have additional needs that impact their everyday activities. We accept referrals from anyone who has discussed the referral with and gained consent from the child’s primary caregiver.

2. Attending clinic

Will I get a therapy report for my child?

Following assessment you will receive a short report of the findings. If your child or young person receives a block of intervention, you will be given a brief summary of the progress they have made with their therapy goals.

Can my child come back for another block of therapy sessions?

Yes, children are able to be re-referred to the service if they have new or ongoing areas of difficulty that still need to be addressed. Growing Hope’s policy is that there must be a six-week gap between the end of the last therapy block and the re-referral.

Will you always offer to pray for me? What if I say no?

Yes, our therapists will always offer to pray for you and your child each session as we believe that Jesus brings hope into everyone’s lives. You are very welcome to say no if you do not want prayer at any point. We want all the families who attend Growing Hope clinics to feel welcome and comfortable; if you feel uncomfortable at any point, please let the therapist know.

Can I bring my child’s sibling to their appointment?

Yes, you can bring your child’s sibling to their appointment. However, the therapist will expect you to be able to actively participate in the session so that you can learn strategies to take home with you. If your child’s sibling will prevent you from being able to participate in the session, please arrange for alternative childcare.

Can you visit me at home?

Unfortunately, no. In order that Growing Hope can help as many children and young people and their families as possible we are a clinic-based service. This means we can see more children each day.

Can you visit my child’s school?

Unfortunately no, Growing Hope therapists don’t visit children’s schools as part of therapy. It is really important to Growing Hope that each child’s parent or carer is involved in the therapy sessions in order that they have strategies to continue at home.

3. Attending church

Can I go to see what church is like even if I’m not a Christian?

Absolutely; churches often have visitors who are not Christians. Anyone is welcome to go along to a church service and see what it is like. You do not have to participate in anything that you do not want to.

Can I just show up at the local church?

Yes, you can go along to any church service whenever you would like without prior arrangement. If you would like information about the times and locations of services at a local church, please ask the lead therapist at the Growing Hope clinic.

 

What should I wear to church?

You can wear anything you like to church. Most people will wear everyday, casual clothing.

What do I bring to church?

You do not need to bring anything specific to be able to participate in church. However, if your child needs or uses the following it might be helpful to bring these:

  • Ear defenders if they use these when it’s noisy
  • A fidget toy if this helps your child focus
  • Pads and a change of clothes if your child needs support for personal care
  • A snack if this will help your child remain regulated

When you arrive at church please do find the lead therapist who you have been working with at Growing Hope and they will make sure your child or young person receives the support they need and that you receive a warm welcome.

4. Occupational Therapy

What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy helps with everyday activities that a child participates in, whether that is washing, dressing, eating, playing, handwriting or something else. Occupational therapists look to see if there’s anything that a child finds difficult and then at how they can help to make it easier. They see both children with diagnosed needs and significant disabilities, and those with undiagnosed needs and general concerns about coordination.

What does an occupational therapy assessment involve?

An occupational therapy assessment aims to look at the functional areas that a child or young person is finding difficult. This will involve discussion with the parent or carer and the child or young person, some observation of play, writing, scissor-skills and similar tasks, and sometimes a standardised assessment. Where standardised assessments are used, they enable the occupational therapist to look at the child or young person’s level of functioning in relation to age norms. This can provide others with a clear picture of where an individual may be struggling.

What does occupational therapy intervention involve?

Occupational therapy intervention involves working on goals that have been set by the child with the help of their parent or carer and therapist. Sessions will always be play-based and will give the opportunity to improve underlying skills – such as posture, strength, dexterity – as well as to practise activities that a child is requires assistance with, such as using scissors, forming a better pencil grasp, or being able to sit at a table.

Does Growing Hope provide equipment?

Growing Hope is unable to provide large pieces of equipment such as seating, wheelchairs and bathing equipment for use at home. We will be able to recommend small pieces of equipment (such as pencil grips, wobble cushions and gym balls). If you are unable to afford these, please speak to your therapist; Growing Hope may be able to provide this equipment for you.