All Children have a very important job to do. They must grow, learn, socialise, and play. Children do this every day by exploring the boundaries of their abilities.
Chattersense is committed to delivering a baseline service of human needs – social skills, communication skills and a sense of independence.
These are essential elements all of which are used to help children and young people participate in their immediate, local, and wider communities.
– Ashton Primary School.
Chattersense CIC seeks to enable ASN children to have the opportunity to access sensory play and group activities. In doing this Chattersense aims to further help the families of children who have Additional Support Needs (AN) to receive direct ‘hands on’ treatment and therapeutic play opportunities for children to develop their social, physical, and emotional skills while empowering families to support themselves and each other.
We have noticed that sensory differences can have a significant impact on a child’s ability to communicate effectively and this encouraged us to developed groups to address this area of difficulty.
We offer a variety of Occupational Therapy services to children of all ages. Encouraging learning and development throughout all aspects of life, from physical movement to mind/brain stimulation methods. We also offer a uniquely tailored assessment and home treatment programmes for our clients, once we know your child’s strengths and challenges.
We are aiming to have our Chattersense venue up and running within the next year. For the time being we can still offer our families remote online groups and home visit appointments.
Please visit our ‘Services’ page for further detailed information regarding our services, groups and bookings.
“Chattersense is committed to delivering a baseline service of human needs”Ashton Primary School
Who are we? Lets meet the team…
Chattersense is a specialised group developed and facilitated by a qualified Occupational therapist with a post graduate certificate in Ayres Sensory Integration and a Communication specialist with her Regional Makaton Training Qualification.
Sharon Craighead started her social enterprise Chattersense CIC when she noticed how few services there were available for children and families who disabilities or conditions that are not easily ‘treatable’.
Sharon is a state Registered Occupational Therapist with over 18 years paediatric experience. She graduated in 1993 and has worked across many disciplines including mental health, forensics, and social services both here in the UK and in the USA.
She has recently completed her Sensory Integration Practitioner Status qualification through Ulster University. Sharon has a large family of 4; one of her children has ASN with sensory and communication challenges.
Over time she has developed her interest and specialism in working with children with sensory issues and communication difficulties and wants to be able to share her knowledge and skills with other parents/caregivers.
PGCert SI Practitioner HCPC Registration number: OT21733
Marie Craighead: Marie is our new Education Liaison worker – she has her degree in early years and will be helping us with the development of our school programs and a new education series called “7 minute of Sense”.
She is responsible for organising all our feedback and impact statements, correspondence and creating data for our funders, social impact reports and helping with multiple aspects of the company.
Beverley Smith: Beverly created and developed our Chattersense family who you may find around our socials, learning products and venue.
Meet our Board Members:
Katy, Callum, Barbara, Andrea and Logan.
“We want families to feel supported and empowered to help their child and have quality time as a family.
We want children and young people to be valued and included in the community activities and provide them with the tools to overcome any challenges.
We will provide a quality service that is there to help children achieve their maximum potential and make “sense” of their world..”Sharon Craighead