Upcoming AP Interventions

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ASD Girls – Wellbeing Toolkit

10 sessions for part of the programme or 30 sessions for the full programme supporting the development of good mental health and wellbeing in girls and young women with autism. Written by Tina Rae and Amy Such.

The sessions aim to:

·         Promote personal and social skills development

·         Develop pupils’ self-esteem and self-awareness

·         Empower young people to explore the many aspects of sexuality and healthy personal relationships

·         Encourage pupils to accept personal responsibility for keeping the mind and body safe and healthy

This intervention can be delivered in full or sessions can be selected based on child/young person need.

Part 1 – Me & My Mental Health (includes 10 sessions)

Part 2 – Relationships and Communication (includes 10 sessions)

Part 3 – My toolkit for Wellbeing and Future Health (includes 10 sessions)a

Sessions include resilience, self-esteem, non-verbal communication, relationships and online behaviours.

Pre & Post Evaluation to be collected.

Group size: individual or group

Cost: PS: TBC

Biofeedback

8-sessions working 1:1 with a child on a bespoke relaxation and emotional regulation programme

Working 1:1 with a child on a bespoke relaxation and emotional regulation programme, biofeedback teaches a child to manage their emotions.

Biofeedback is the process of increasing your self-awareness of the physiological internal states we experience with extreme emotions using instruments that provide information about the activity of these states, with a goal of being able to manipulate and manage them.

Biofeedback can come in several forms including skin conductance, electrodermal activity, muscle tensions, heart rate variability and neurofeedback. These tend to be measured by equipment such as finger clips.

Children will then be taught relaxation techniques to control their internal states, giving them the skills to be able to self-regulate when feeling strong emotions (anxiety, anger etc).

Pre & Post Evaluation to be collected– individual reports provided.

Cost: PS: £500 / NPS £550

“Both children I’m currently using it with love it! I’ve seen a big improvement in their ability to regulate their emotions”
“When I’m feeling anxious it is easier for me to calm down and think”

EPIC – Calm

6-sessions group work to recognise unhealthy behaviours and the impact they have on our mental wellbeing.

Calm is a chance for us to take a break from the busy week, to learn about how breathing, diet, exercise and sleep are all essential to our wellbeing. We’ll look at our mobile phone use and how to create a healthy balance. We’ll learn some techniques and exercises to take away which will help us to balance ourselves in our hectic and demanding lives. It’s important for our young people to recognise unhealthy behaviours and the impact they can have on our mental wellbeing. Sharing strategies to help with anxieties, stress and worries, this programme will help Calm our young learners.

Pre & Post Evaluation to be collected– individual reports provided.

Cost: PS: £500 / NPS £550

An overall improvement was found on how the students perceive they cope with stress and anxiety.

EPIC – Comic Strip Conversations

Comic Strip Conversations is a technique that was first developed by Carol Gray as a follow on from her work developing Social Stories.  Comic Strips help develop a student’s understanding of a social interaction and helps the student to know how to behave/react in different social interactions.  It’s a natural follow on from Social Stories and tends to work best with older children and young people from the ages of 10 up

wards – depending on their level of maturity.

Each comic strip is created individually to the student in mind.

Cost: PS: £15 / NPS £20

EPIC – Cool Minds

COMING SOON!

The intervention aims to provide children with a level of psychoeducation to help them to understand their anxiety and provide them with strategies to cope with excessive worry.

For children with anxiety, it is thought that negative thinking styles can exacerbate the negative emotions of anxiety and fear. Cognitive Behavioural Theory (CBT) for anxiety aims to identify and manage these negative thoughts. Using this model, psychologists suggest that if you can change the way you think, you can change the way you feel and behave.

The ‘Cool Minds’ programme is underpinned by CBT principles an

d whilst the intervention is not CBT, it uses the theoretical principles behind it to scaffold the children’s learning through managing their thoughts, fee

lings, and behaviour.

More details to follow on completion of the evaluation project in Autumn 2023…

EPIC – Sunbites

8-session group intervention to support young people to manage anxiety, build self-esteem and confidence

This is an intervention programme based on the EPIC Sunflowers curriculum (see below). Based on the Resilience Framework (adapted from Daniel & Wassell, 2002) the aim is to develop resilience skills to enable young people to better manage feelings of anxiety, build self-esteem and confidence.

The intervention focused on the key skills of:

·         Using body clues to identify feelings

·         Expected and unexpected behaviours

·         Recognising and managing feelings of overwhelm in self and others

·         Self-regulation skills

Pre & Post Evaluation to be collected– individual reports provided.

This group can be delivered by either an assistant psychologist or jointly with a member of school staff supporting. If delivered jointly then materials and coaching is provided to school staff to enable them to deliver subsequent groups.

Group size: up to 8 children

Cost: PS: £500 / NPS: £550

EPIC – Sunflowers

A one-year curriculum delivered once a week

The programme was written based on the Resilience Framework (adapted from Daniel & Wassell, 2002) with the aim of providing a whole-school response to developing resilience. The aim of the programme is to develop staff, children and families’ protective factors.

Sunflowers is an academic year-long programme where children, staff and family activities run in parallel with each other. The programme also aims to develop Discovery’s core values which are woven throughout the programme.

The programme is designed to support the development of resilience and mental wellbeing of primary school children and build teacher confidence in exploring these issues with children. It aims to:

·         Support children to develop compassion, empathy and tolerance in their relationships with others

·         Provide children with strategies and skills to help them cope with challenge and develop resilience

·         Provide opportunity for children to practise social communication and pro-social skills

·         Support children to understand that experiencing adversity and trauma can happen to anyone

·         Recognise the importance of positive, nurturing relationships in developing child resilience and providing a buffer against adversity

·         Support children to understand that they have the right to be protected and supported by the adults in their lives

Cost to purchase Sunflowers curriculum: PS: £500 / NPS: £550

Cost for assistant to run the first 8 weeks of Sunflowers curriculum and a supervision session: PS: £500 / NPS: £550

EPIC – Viewpoints

8-session group work teaching social processing skills.

This is a programme utilises much of the work of Michelle Garcia Winner and Social Thinking.  The programme teaches attention & awareness, perspective taking & empathy, expected behaviours and solving problems.  It teaches young people the skills needed to be effective social processors. To read others’ emotions and to understand their own. To recognise how our bodies react to emotions and that some contrasting emotions can feel similar to each other. It also teaches that people can feel and act differently in situation and that sometimes people act/react in ways we don’t expect.

It introduces flexible thinking and practices how we can look at situations differently. It develops problem solving skills, explaining that there is usually more than one option available and it’s okay to ask for help.

Pre & Post Evaluation to be collected– individual reports provided.

This group can be delivered by either an assistant psychologist or jointly with a member of school staff supporting. If delivered jointly then materials and coaching is provided to school staff to enable them to deliver subsequent groups.

Group size: up to 8 children

Cost: PS: £500 / NPS: £550

37.5% increase of children answered yes to ‘I know what things I’m good and bad at

25% increase of children answered yes to ‘I can describe how I am feeling most of the time

25% increase of children answered yes to ‘I can make friends again after a row’

Creative Play with a pinch of SALT

6-sessions for parents and their children to attend after school. Co-written by EPIC Psychology and Discovery SALT.

This group is for parents and their children (EYFS & KS1 mainly) to attend after school. Based on Solihull Approach principles and some of the work of Margot Sunderland, this intervention aims to facilitate creative play and nurture relationships between parents and their children and increase wellbeing through creative and fun play activities. EPIC have designed the programme to achieve the following:

·         Opportunities for self-expression

·         Variety of sensory experiences for the children

·         Variety of skills can be demonstrated and learnt

·         Opportunities for adults to model behaviour

·         Activities that require joint attention and teamwork

·         Opportunities for quality time between parent and child

·         Ideas for parents on how to play with their child

·         Mutual interest and shared enjoyment between parent and child

Group size: up to 8 children and 8 parents

Cost: TBC (delivered by psychology and SALT assistant)

Available as a FREE resource downloaded from www.epicleics.com

80% of post-measures reported improved or maintained scores of ‘Closeness’ between parent and 40% reported reduced ‘Conflict’. 100% of parent’s reported that their child was less dependent on them after the programme.
100% of parents reported that their child’s ‘Peer Problems’ and ‘Prosocial Behaviour’ had improved following the programme, 80% reported reduced ‘Conduct Problems’ and 60% reported reduced ‘Emotional Problems’.

Growing Talents for Learning

6-sessions for group or whole class developing positive learning skills (talents) culminating in a class enterprise project

Based on the work of Northamptonshire Educational Psychology Service, this psycho-education programme is a structured, creative and fun way to teach children about positive learning skills. The programme contains session plans and resources that facilitate a way to understand and explore key skills in working together. The programme covers the key skills (talents) of:

·         Positive attitude

·         Knowing own feelings

·         Caring for others

·         Working together

·         Problem solving

·         Listening

Pre & Post Evaluation to be collected.

This group can be delivered by either an assistant psychologist or jointly with a member of school staff supporting. If delivered jointly then materials and coaching is provided to school staff to enable them to deliver subsequent groups.

Group size: group or whole class.

Cost: PS: £400 / NPS: £450

“I really liked the intervention. My favourite game was the listening partnership game. I improved my listening talent the most!”
Evaluation showed an increase of at least 25% across all learning talents

JEDI

8-session group work teaching social inferencing and perspective taking skills. Co-written by EPIC Psychology and Discovery SALT.

The EPIC JEDI intervention is designed to encourage social inferencing and perspective taking to better predict the consequences of one’s own actions. It aims to encourage 4 skills:

·         Judging

·         Emotion regulation

·         Decision making

·         Inferencing.

These 4 skills will help support pupils to understand the events around them and to predict what the best response could be.

Pre & Post Evaluation to be collected.

Group size: up to 8 children or delivered 1:1 for a more bespoke approach

Cost: PS: TBC

My EPIC Brain

8-sessions group or whole class work teaching children how to take control of their emotional regulation.

This psycho-education programme is a structured, creative and fun way to teach children how to take control of their emotional regulation. The programme contains session plans and resources that facilitate a way to understand and explore what happens in children’s brains and bodies when managing feelings as a foundation to learn coping strategies and calm their nervous systems. These sessions also aim to develop children’s empathy and understanding for those that are dysregulated. EPIC have designed the programme to cover the key components of:

·         Secure base & Resilience Framework

·         Emotional Literacy & Self-awareness

·         Zones of Regulation

·         Cognitive Behavioural Therapy principles

·         Modelling & Empathy

Pre & Post Evaluation to be collected.

Group size: group or whole class

This group can be delivered by either an assistant psychologist or jointly with a member of school staff supporting. If delivered jointly then materials and coaching is provided to school staff to enable them to deliver subsequent groups.

Cost: PS: £500 / NPS: £550

Secure Base Intervention

6-sessions group work building the child’s trust, self-esteem and sense of belonging.

The Secure Base Model (Gillian & Beek, 2010) is widely used in social work and with looked after children. Utilising the latest research this intervention develops skills in each area of the Secure Base:

·         Availability

·         Sensitivity

·         Acceptance

·         Co-operative

·         Belonging

Pre & Post Evaluation to be collected.

This group is led by an assistant psychologist with a member of school staff supporting. At the end of the intervention all materials are provided to school to enable you to run it yourselves.

Up to 8 children: the group work collaboratively over the course of 6 weeks in 1 hour sessions.

Cost: PS: £400 / NPS: £450

Knowledge and confidence increased from an average of 1.6 to 6.6 and 6.3 respectively
The intervention had a positive impact on school based SDQ scores

Therapeutic Story Writing

10-sessions group work developing emotional awareness and regulation through the power of story writing.

Therapeutic Story writing targets the development of emotional awareness and regulation. It addresses the ‘emotional’ and the ‘behavioural’ aspects of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, whilst developing children’s literacy skills. Story-writing allows a child to have the ability to feel, create and think, resulting in a positive change that affects decision-making and self-esteem.

This group benefits children that may have anxiety, worries and/or difficulties with expressing themselves. Using the magic of stories to covey concepts that they may otherwise find difficult.

Up to 8 children: the group work collaboratively over the course of 10 weeks in sessions 1 hour.

Pre & Post Evaluation to be collected– individual reports provided.

Cost: PS: £600 / NPS: £650

Evaluations show an increase in:

How good do you think you are at writing?

How good are you at talking about feelings?

“It has improved my handwriting and I am more confident in my ideas”

1:1 Therapy Cognitive Behavioural Session

Up to 6-sessions working 1:1 with a child on a bespoke therapy intervention based on cognitive behavioural therapy

Cognitive behavioural sessions focus on helping children to understand that their thoughts, feelings and actions are all linked. If we change our unhelpful thinking to helpful thinking, then we can have more positive feelings and actions.

The sessions will teach the children to recognise thought patterns and unhelpful thinking. They will then have the opportunity to practice techniques to adjust their thinking, which in time becomes easier to implement in day-to-day life. This will see positive changes in the way the children then express themselves.

Cost: PS: £300 / NPS £350

1:1 Therapy Solution Focused Session

Up to 6-sessions working 1:1 with a child on a bespoke therapy intervention based on solution focused therapy

These sessions aid a child to explore their thoughts and find their own solutions and ways of achieving them. Solution Focused Therapy sessions target the desired outcome of sessions as a solution, rather than focusing on the symptoms or issues that brought someone to the sessions. This technique only gives attention to the present and the future desires of the client, rather than focusing on past experiences.

The child is encouraged to imagine their future as they want it to be and then with the assistant psychologist, collaborate on a series of steps to achieve that goal. The sessions involve exploring and reviewing the child’s vision, and determining what skills, resources, and abilities the child will develop and use to attain their desired outcome.

Cost: PS: £300 / NPS £350

Understanding your Neurodiversity

COMING SOON!

The intervention aims to provide children with a level of psychoeducation to help them to understand their neurodiversity such as autism, ADHD or dyslexia diagnosis.

For children with neurodiversity it can be difficult for them to understand what their diagnosis means for them. This intervention will help them to understand what their diagnosis means and also how it impacts of them – both the difficulties it can cause but also the unique talents.

More details to follow on completion of the evaluation project in Autumn 2023…

Specialist Assessments

Emotional Wellbeing Survey

An online emotional wellbeing survey written by EPIC for children in Y2-Y6. A level of analysis will be completed depending on your line of enquiry; e.g. which year groups worry most and what do they worry about?

Cost: PS: £250 / NPS £300

 

Sociogram

Based on the work of Robin Banerjee, aims are to aid staff understanding of the peer relationships in their classroom and identify individual that may need additional support. Strategies to develop positive peer relationships in the classroom will be provided in the report.

Cost: PS: £250 / NPS £300

 

Sensory Profile Assessment

This assessment will provide an overview of a child’s sensory needs in relation to each of their senses. The outcome of this assessment will be a better understanding of the child’s sensory profile in order to help them function more successfully in the classroom. This assessment does not provide an identification of sensory processing difficulties which would usually be provided by an appropriately trained Sensory Integration Practitioner.

The assessment is supervised by an educational psychologist and includes a meeting with the school, a meeting with the parent and an observation of the child in school.

Cost: PS: £250 / NPS £300

 

Sensory Environmental Audit

This assessment will provide an overview of the classroom and school environment from a sensory-friendly perspective. The assessment is supervised by an educational psychologist and includes a learning journey around the school and a meeting with the SENCo.

Cost: PS: £250 / NPS £300

Workshops & Webinars

Biofeedback Workshop

2.5-hour group training session followed by 2x 1.5-hour group supervisions

Group size: up to 10 delegates

 

Half day workshop for school staff who wish to train in the use of biofeedback in their schools as a tool for emotional awareness and regulation. A FREE Biofeedback starter tool will be provided and the full programme for working with children.

Cost: PS: £300 / NPS £350

DI/PT – Direct Instruction Precision Training (Literacy)

2-hour training session followed by 1.5-hour group supervision

Group size: up to 10 delegates (usually a whole school TA delivery)

Direct Instruction and Precision Teaching strategies target the ‘fluency’ stage in children’s learning; whereby a pupil has learned the skill well enough to retain it, performing with both accuracy and fluency. As an intervention for reading, Direct Instruction and Precision Teaching strategies focus on teaching high frequency sight vocabulary (common exception words) by explicit, guided instruction in order to improve reading fluency.  This was very positively evaluated within EPIC 2017-18.

Cost: PS: £250 / NPS £300

“The child feels confident and motivated, I have noticed the child’s words being spelt correctly when using them in her work”

DI/PT – Direct Instruction Precision Training (Maths)

2-hour training session followed by 1.5-hour group supervision

Group size: up to 10 delegates (usually a whole school TA delivery)

 Following on from the success of our reading and spelling DIPT packages EPIC have developed an intervention in a similar vein to Maths. Direct Instruction and Precision Teaching strategies target the ‘fluency’ stage in children’s learning; whereby a pupil has learned the skill well enough to retain it, performing with both accuracy and fluency. As an intervention for maths, Direct Instruction and Precision Teaching strategies focus on explicit, guided instruction in order to improve mathematical fluency and mastery. The intervention aims to be:

·         Effective

·         Easily applied

·         Consistent with school goals

·         Used alongside the NCETM’s ‘Ready to Progress’ statements

Cost: PS: £250 / NPS £300

“I have even been practicing my times tables at home. The graph makes me feel good.”

EPIC Viewpoints – Social Processing Workshop

1-day training session followed by 2 x 1.5-hour group supervisions

Group size: up to 10 delegates

A full day workshop that trains school staff to be able to run the EPIC Viewpoints group work programme.  Delegates will be given the full intervention pack to be able to work directly with children following the training.

Cost: PS: £300 / NPS £350

EPIC School Workshops

2.5 hour workshops

Group size: whole school

Workshops available on different themes or bespoke. Current workshops include:

·         ACES, attachment and developmental trauma

·         Anxiety

·         Anxiety and Depression

·         Emotional Regulation

·         Emotional Regulation Coaching for LSAs

·         Executive Functioning

·         Inclusion & Assistive Technology

·         Neurodiversity

·         Language in the classroom – what does this convey?

·         Narrative – the use of story and metaphors in learning

·         Relationships and the Power of Language

·         Resilience

·         Self-efficacy: the impact on children’s learning and staff resilience and wellbeing

·         Sensory Processing – Introduction

·         Sensory Processing – Our ‘sense’ of wellbeing

·         Sensory Processing – SEND & sensory needs in the classroom

·         Separation anxiety and Emotional Based School Refusal

·         Sociograms – their use in schools with a report and feedback to your school if requested

·         Supporting Literacy Difficulties and Dyslexia

·         Working Memory

·         Working Memory in Maths

Cost: PS: £150 / NPS £175

EPIC Pocket-sized Psychology Webinar

2-hour online workshops (4 in total)

Group size: n/a

This is a series of workshops aimed at teaching and support staff and covers the four areas of psychology (Developmental, Social, Cognitive and Behavioural) and how we can apply these key theories in the classroom.

Cost: £25 per workshop or £75 for all 4 workshops

EPIC Parent Workshops

1.5 hour workshops

Group size: up to 25 parents

Workshops available on different themes or bespoke. Current workshops include:

·         Anxiety

·         Resilience

·         Self-esteem

Cost: PS: £125 / NPS £150

EPIC Parent Webinars

Recorded Parents Webinars and Animated Videos

Group size: these can be circulated to as many parents as you wish for that academic year

Webinars available on different themes or bespoke. Current webinars include:

·         Emotional Regulation (25-minutes)

·         Emotional Wellbeing (15-minutes)

·         Resilience (25-minutes)

Animated videos available on different themes or bespoke. Current videos include:

·         Working Memory

·         School drop-off and pick-up

·         Sensory Regulation

·         Maths Anxiety

Cost: 25 minute webinar: PS: £50 / NPS £75

Cost: 15 minute webinar/animated video: PS: £30 / NPS £50

EPIC Comic Strip Conversation Webinar

2-hour online workshops followed by 1 hour follow-up support session

Group size: n/a

This workshop will provide you with the knowledge and skills for creating your own comic strip conversations with the chance for in-depth personal feedback, at the follow-up session, when creating your own.

Cost: £25 per person

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How To Join

Should you wish to be a part of our school led wellbeing partnership and join EPIC Psychology and Wellbeing from September 2023 we are currently accepting school requests*.

*All membership is subject to a completed partnership agreement being returned by all schools or partnerships. Fees are subject to review year on year.

Please contact info@epicleics.com for further details.