It is our aim, at The Key Clinic, to help as many children as possible, overcome their difficulties, so they can perform to the best of their abilities and become confident, flourishing students for life.
To that end, we are keen to share the expertise we have with Learning Support departments and to work in partnership with them, so we can maximise the results we are able to achieve as part of a team. There are several ways in which this can be achieved, depending on what fits most comfortably with the school’s ethos. For example:
1) Providing free training to LS staff in some of our techniques
2) Having Key Clinic Practitioners visit the school in order to carry out hearing tests and neurodevelopmental assessments
3) Carrying out a pilot study within a school so the benefits can be directly assessed by the school
Benefits for Schools:
Improved performance for children who are struggling
Reduced burden for teachers – less disruption and better concentration in class
Reduced distraction to other children
Pioneers in applying cutting edge neuroscience in the classroom
Gold standard LS as significant point of differentiation
What are the different options available within the partnership programme?
Option 1: Providing free training to LS staff in some of our techniques
Ability to identify the signs and symptoms of neurodevelopmental delay and/or auditory dysfunction (an in- classroom checklist)
Training in how to assess difficulties in occular-motor functioning - a frequent indicator of neurodevelopmental delay.
Additional training for LS staff or TAs in order to be able to carry out the exercises needed to be able to mature the nervous system, overcoming any blockages.
Option 2: Having Key Clinic Practitioners visit the school in order to carry out hearing tests and neurodevelopmental assessments
1. A full neurodevelopmental assessment accurately measures:
Gross motor skills
Static and dynamic balance
Retention of primitive reflexes
Development of postural reflexes
Ocular- motor (eye) functioning
Visual perceptual ability
Hand eye motor coordination
This is followed by a full written report and in person report reading for LS and parents.
2. An advanced audiogram, to assess how a child is hearing.
If there are indicators that a child may have difficulties processing language, difficulties following instructions, appearing not to listen, poor reading comprehension or speech/language difficulties, then an advanced audiogram may be required. (This is a useful screening procedure for all children entering school age 5 and above).
This would be carried out by a Key Clinic Practitioner at school (see Auditory Therapy) and is followed by written report and audiogram and in person report reading for LS and parents.
Option 3: Carrying out a pilot study within a school so the benefits can be directly assessed by the school
We are offering a limited number of ‘pilot’ studies within schools, at very reduced fees, so that the benefits of our therapies can be monitored and assessed first hand by the school.
Neuromovement Pilot Study
The Key Neuromovement Programme aims to give the nervous system a second chance to develop properly, using a modified form of exercises originally developed by the Institute of Neuro-Physiological Psychology (INPP), Exercises are used to overcome any identified blockages, integrate reflexes and improve balance, coordination, ocular motor functioning and motor skills.
The school partnership programme was developed to give schools the tools needed to be able to help children who are struggling at school, overcome any blockages which may be holding them back.
Following staff training, a prescription of exercises is provided to the school, along with clear, weekly video instructions for a 20 minute movement session to be carried out at school. A typical programme will last approximately 2 months.
Key Clinic practitioner will carry out regular reviews of progress (every 2 weeks), so that the exercise programme can be moved on to the next stage, as neuro-maturity develops.
At the end of the programme, a Key clinic practitioner will carry out a full, Final Assessment which will clearly measure progress before/after across all of the criteria in the original Assessment Report.
A written report, complete with numbers and graphs will then be provided, with a report reading for school and parents.
Auditory Therapy Pilot Study
The Auditory Therapy programme helps to flatten out any hearing distortions which may be present, bring any areas of hypersensitive hearing to within a normal level and helps to encourage balanced laterality, all of which help improve language processing.
If hearing distortions are present, then a 10 day course of Key Auditory Therapy can be carried out at school, requiring 2 x 30 minute listening sessions per day. A midway and final audiogram will be carried out by Key Clinic staff to assess progress.
Both pilot studies will provide schools with the perfect opportunity to directly assess improvements resulting from these interventions and to monitor the benefits over the longer term.
To find out more about how we may be able to help your school, contact The Key Clinic:
“When Laura comes back from school, she actually asks how I am doing! She has never done that before as she was always struggling so much at school. It’s incredible!” The Key Clinic has made a real difference and Laura can really feel a difference in herself. I cannot believe that in such a short space of time, it has had such a dramatic difference.”
— WEST BERKSHIRE MOTHER, 2017