Starjumpz Children's Centre

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Starjumpz Children's Centre's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Starjumpz Children's Centre is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.starjumpz.com

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A common problem we face in
providing employment opportunities
for young disabled people is the fact
that most jobs require the employee
to do a number of tasks. A position
which requires a multi-skilled approach
may not be suitable for a trainee until
they have had the opportunity to
build their confidence and skills. We
believe that being flexible is integral
to employing a diverse workforce.
This is the reason for adopting the
“jobcarving”approach.
The biggest barrier is the expectation
that disabled people, particularly those
with learning disabilities, cannot work.
Medical and social care professionals
have told our trainees throughout
their lives that they will not be able to
work. In almost all cases, this is entirely
unjustified. When we expect more of
people, we get more.
We believe that it is essential to
expect the young people we work
with to pursue a career. We need
to go beyond the subconscious bias
that disabled people face every day.
Expectations have huge consequences,
and by encouraging all children to
be ambitious, these ambitions can be
met. This, coupled with more coherent
legislation and adequate funding for
job support programmes, can change
the lives of all those we work with.
The future is diverse
In the next five years, we hope to
focus in particular on developing the
role of our job coaches. Through
continuing to provide high-quality
support for both employers and
disabled people, we will further foster
the understanding that young disabled
adults are a valuable and integral part
of the workforce. If you are willing
to rethink how the work available
is divided up, there is a place for all
young disabled people to work, in
businesses ranging from companies of
two people to multinationals.
We all benefit from corporate social
responsibility, and the reality of a
diverse workforce is one we hope to
see more and more in the coming
years. The problems we face with
regard to the inclusion of disabled
people in the workplace are man-made
and solvable. By providing the right
kind of experience and support, we
believe that we can ensure everyone is
able to work.
The biggest
barrier is the
expectation
that disabled
people,
particularly
those with
learning
disabilities,
cannot work
Trainees during Working
With Disability Week
17STARJUMPZ CHILDREN’S CENTRE |
HEALTH & SOCIAL WORK
Occupational therapy develops
sensory integration, self-
regulation and skills for living
and learning
CEO and Owner Jo Brett with Dr
Georgie Siggers, paediatrician
Starjumpz provides assessments, treatment, and therapies for
children and young people with neurodevelopmental conditions,
including children with autism, ADHD, dyspraxia and those who
have sensory processing issues, developmental trauma and mental
health challenges. The centre was founded in 1989 by Jill Christmas, as
the Christmas Children’s Clinic; Jo Brett, an occupational therapist, took
over in 2011. Jo tells
The Parliamentary Review
how she has expanded
the centre to offer more services, pioneering approaches, education
and support for parents, teachers and healthcare professionals.
Starjumpz, an independent centre located in the heart of the East Sussex countryside,
helps thousands of young people and their families every year. The 3,000-square-foot
space with state-of-the-art equipment is the biggest centre of its kind in the South East.
I am passionate about providing integrated services that contribute to a young person’s
health and development, including their mental health and well-being. The need for
early intervention with integrated services to support the younger generation with
physical, emotional and psychological needs and vulnerabilities couldn’t be greater.
We believe all aspects of a child’s health and development should be explored
holistically. Research shows that many children with neurodevelopmental conditions
have other coexisting conditions and can struggle with a myriad of physical and mental
health issues. Early intervention and prevention are critical if these children are to fulfil
their potential and avoid the risk of developing secondary long-term health conditions.
Our holistic approach identifies the pattern of strengths and vulnerabilities of a
child, making a diagnosis where appropriate and focusing on how challenges can
be overcome. Children can then be supported to make the most of the superpowers
that neurodiversity brings so they can trulyflourish.
FACTS ABOUT
STARJUMPZ CHILDREN’S CENTRE
»CEO and Owner: Jo Brett
»Founded in 1989
»Located in Crowborough,
East Sussex, delivering services
across the South East and to
families who visit from around
the UK and abroad
»Services: Integrated paediatric
diagnostic assessment,
treatment and support,
occupational therapy, speech
and language therapy,
physiotherapy, psychology,
neurofeedback, CBT, play
therapy, behavioural therapy,
functional medicine, nutritional
therapy, audiology and training
for parents and teachers
»No. of employees: 15 with
25associates
»No. of children seen per
annum: 2,000
Starjumpz Children’s
Centre
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Pioneering services and
technology
Dr Georgie Siggers, consultant paediatrician
joined the team in 2013 as clinical director.
She has been integral to the development
of multidisciplinary diagnostic assessments
and our post adoption services. Her holistic
assessment model screens for multiple
neurodevelopmental conditions, as opposed
to traditional services that usually assess for
individual conditions in isolation. She has
also pioneered the use of a new advanced
technological screening tool for ADHD, the
QbCheck.
With extensive expertise in assessing and
supporting young people with the dual
diagnosis of autism and ADHD, Georgie is
developing a ground-breaking approach
with innovative new resources.
Children love our sensory enriched therapy
rooms used by the occupational therapy
team to support neurological development.
Our speech and language therapists help
children with their attention, communication
and social skills. These two therapies are
often the first interventions, working closely
with parents and teachers to build strong
foundations for learning and development.
We are one of only a few centres in the UK
that offer neurofeedback treatment and
the use of the Alpha-Stim electrotherapy
device to treat anxiety, depression and
sleeping difficulties.
We recently broadened our services to
include functional medicine, behavioural and
play therapy, CBT and psychological services,
including family therapy and counselling.
Our intensive therapy programmes for
young people attract families from across
the UK and abroad, providing multiple
interventions, including neurofeedback.
We work closely with the NHS, social
services, adoption support and charities
who commission services from us. We
also work with schools and residential
children’s homes, setting up new
therapies and treatments for them.
Functional medicine
I am committed to offering treatments that
address the root cause of symptoms and
help families thrive. Personal experience
of overcoming both acute and chronic
health conditions using nutrition, lifestyle
and a mind body approach transformed
my life, inspiring me to introduce
functional medicine to Starjumpz.
Functional medicine is the genesis of what
we understand about the symphony of
genes, epigenetics and the environment.
This approach improves biological
functioning as a whole, reducing the
expression of disease and improving
long-term health. Functional medicine
provides a meaningful focus for people to
create change in the health of the child
and the whole family.
We are further supporting the health
and development of children who have
problems with feeding by setting up a
therapeutic feeding clinic.
Challenges with healthcare,
education and post adoption
support
Healthcare:
»We have experienced an increase
in the numbers and complexity of
referrals for paediatric diagnostic
assessment, occupational therapy and
speech and language therapy with the
NHS unable to meet the demand.
»We are very concerned about the
volume of children and young people
waiting over two years for assessment
and treatment, particularly those with
acute mental health conditions. We
are seeing young people who have
self-harmed and are suicidal who are
unable to access support from the NHS.
Neurofeedback
optimises brain function,
improves attention,
anxiety and sleep
The need for
early
intervention
with
integrated
services to
support the
younger
generation
with physical,
emotional,
and
psychological
needs and
vulnerabilities
couldn’t be
greater
BEST PRACTICE SPONSOR 2020
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
18 | STARJUMPZ CHILDREN’S CENTRE
Pioneering services and
technology
Dr Georgie Siggers, consultant paediatrician
joined the team in 2013 as clinical director.
She has been integral to the development
of multidisciplinary diagnostic assessments
and our post adoption services. Her holistic
assessment model screens for multiple
neurodevelopmental conditions, as opposed
to traditional services that usually assess for
individual conditions in isolation. She has
also pioneered the use of a new advanced
technological screening tool for ADHD, the
QbCheck.
With extensive expertise in assessing and
supporting young people with the dual
diagnosis of autism and ADHD, Georgie is
developing a ground-breaking approach
with innovative new resources.
Children love our sensory enriched therapy
rooms used by the occupational therapy
team to support neurological development.
Our speech and language therapists help
children with their attention, communication
and social skills. These two therapies are
often the first interventions, working closely
with parents and teachers to build strong
foundations for learning and development.
We are one of only a few centres in the UK
that offer neurofeedback treatment and
the use of the Alpha-Stim electrotherapy
device to treat anxiety, depression and
sleeping difficulties.
We recently broadened our services to
include functional medicine, behavioural and
play therapy, CBT and psychological services,
including family therapy and counselling.
Our intensive therapy programmes for
young people attract families from across
the UK and abroad, providing multiple
interventions, including neurofeedback.
We work closely with the NHS, social
services, adoption support and charities
who commission services from us. We
also work with schools and residential
children’s homes, setting up new
therapies and treatments for them.
Functional medicine
I am committed to offering treatments that
address the root cause of symptoms and
help families thrive. Personal experience
of overcoming both acute and chronic
health conditions using nutrition, lifestyle
and a mind body approach transformed
my life, inspiring me to introduce
functional medicine to Starjumpz.
Functional medicine is the genesis of what
we understand about the symphony of
genes, epigenetics and the environment.
This approach improves biological
functioning as a whole, reducing the
expression of disease and improving
long-term health. Functional medicine
provides a meaningful focus for people to
create change in the health of the child
and the whole family.
We are further supporting the health
and development of children who have
problems with feeding by setting up a
therapeutic feeding clinic.
Challenges with healthcare,
education and post adoption
support
Healthcare:
»We have experienced an increase
in the numbers and complexity of
referrals for paediatric diagnostic
assessment, occupational therapy and
speech and language therapy with the
NHS unable to meet the demand.
»We are very concerned about the
volume of children and young people
waiting over two years for assessment
and treatment, particularly those with
acute mental health conditions. We
are seeing young people who have
self-harmed and are suicidal who are
unable to access support from the NHS.
Neurofeedback
optimises brain function,
improves attention,
anxiety and sleep
The need for
early
intervention
with
integrated
services to
support the
younger
generation
with physical,
emotional,
and
psychological
needs and
vulnerabilities
couldn’t be
greater
19STARJUMPZ CHILDREN’S CENTRE |
HEALTH & SOCIAL WORK
»Young people who mask their
difficulties in school, while behaving
differently at home, can be refused
services and become invisible to
professionals until their mental health
has significantly deteriorated.
»NHS provision of direct therapy is
decreasing due to restricted resources.
As a result, NHS therapists are at risk of
losing the hands-on therapeutic skills
required to provide effective treatment.
»Access to specialist services for many
young people is delayed or not available
as they do not meet NHS criteria.
Insurance companies do not fund
healthcare for neurodevelopmental
conditions and many families cannot
afford private services.
»There is a shortage of experienced
healthcare professionals in child and
adolescent services.
Special educational needs:
»Many children are not getting the support
they need, as a result of cuts in funding
and the difficulty in getting an education
and health care plan. Inconsistent
application routes in local authorities are
also affecting access to support.
»Many schools don’t have the
specialist skills or capacity to cater
to the needs of children with
neurodevelopmentalconditions.
»Young people with neurodevelopmental
conditions who do not receive
educational support can lose self-esteem
and underachieve. This may lead to
school exclusion or drop-out, mental
health issues, poor job prospects and
ultimately for some, offending.
»An increase in school refusals and
exclusions for children with autism
and ADHD has led to more home-
educated, socially isolated children
than ever before.
Post adoption services:
»We believe adoption support should
include functional medicine. Adverse
childhood experiences such as trauma,
neglect, exposure to drugs, alcohol
or poor nutrition can lead to chronic
physical and mental health conditions.
Functional medicine promotes optimal
functioning, protects health and well-
being, improving opportunities in life.
The future of Starjumpz
We are very excited to be launching a
charity in 2020, Starize.org, that will enable
us to offer support to families who cannot
afford private services. Starize will offer
post-diagnostic-support and workshops
for parents and teachers as well as carrying
out research to provide evidence for the
efficacy of our treatment approaches.
We are extending our services to help
more people by setting up satellite sites,
with the first one opening imminently in
the South East.
Improving the lifelong health and
wellbeing of children and young people
relies on the unity of experts like us
sharing best practice and engaging with
policy makers to accelerate change.
We will continue to champion early
intervention and to empower the younger
generation to live happy lives, free from
limitation, leading the way with our
pioneering services, technologies and online
resources to support them and their families
in the South East, across the UK and beyond.
Functional
medicine
provides a
meaningful
focus for
people to
create change
in the health
of the child
and the whole
family
STARJUMPZ APPROACH CONVENTIONAL APPROACH
Health orientated
Child centred
Holistic and bespoke
Addresses underlying causes
Considers biochemical individuality
Preventative approach
Disease orientated
Diagnosis centred
Set pathways (same treatment for all)
Addresses symptoms
Ignores biochemical individuality
Reactive approach
The Starjumpz team

www.starjumpz.com

This article was sponsored by Starjumpz Children's Centre. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development