Our Specialisms

Therapies form an integral part of our services. The work carried out by our team of therapists and the expertise they share with other members of the multi-disciplinary team contribute towards a consistent approach.


Speech and Language therapy


✓ To facilitate effective use of existing communication skills


✓ To enable students to learn and develop new communication skills


Occupational Therapy


Our Occupational Therapy is another indicator of our person-centred approach including our phenomenally successful motor sensory units designed to stimulate the mind on different levels from regular communication.


This is to provide practical support for students so they are able to make progress with:


✓ Sensory issues


✓ Life skills, including personal hygiene


✓ Motor coordination and hand skills


✓ Self-regulation to improve concentration


✓ Organisational skills


Behavioural Therapy


To develop positive coping strategies for dealing with:


✓ Anxiety-promoting situations


✓ Anger and other challenging behaviours


✓ Sensory processing difficulties


✓ Social interaction




The help students who may have problems with:


✓ Gross motor skills (muscle weakness, postural control, poor balance, motor planning, quality of movement)


✓ Sports skills (running, jumping, catching and throwing ball, kicking ball, riding bicycle, etc.)


Music Therapy


✓ Promote self-expression


✓ Enhance capacity for two-way communication


✓ Encourage more overt social interactions


✓ Develop the communicative use of voice


✓ Increase tolerance to sound


Art Therapy


To use appropriate art forms in a safe, facilitating environment to:


✓ Encourage self-expression


✓ Develop inter-personal skills


✓ Increase self-esteem


✓ Resolve interal conflicts


✓ Increase tolerance to touching different materials


Drama Therapy


To use drama to bring about positive psychological, emotional and social changes by means of:


✓ Story-telling


✓ Role play


✓ Acting


✓ Mime


✓ Improved voice production


Equine Therapy


To promote well-being through interaction with horses, this can offer challenges which can help:


✓ Overcome fears


✓ Build up trust, respect and compassion


✓ Develop communication skills


✓ Increase self-esteem


✓ Develop problem-solving techniques and coping strategies


 For more information, email us here, or call 0161 507 3723 to discuss a referral in confidence.


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We provide services to around 2,000 children and young people across circa. 200 locations in England and Wales. December 2017

Foster Parent Suitability Questionnaire

Some basics to become a foster parent

Here are a few questions to help you discover whether fostering is right for you and what we need from our foster parents.

1. I have a spare bedroom for a foster child

2. I will be available to care for a child full time

3. I am over 25 years old

4. I have a stable, positive home to offer a child

5. I am a patient, resilient and understanding person

Foster Parent Suitability Questionnaire

Becoming a professional foster parent

We regard fostering as a profession. Therefore we'll treat you as a professional - we'll provide great pay, support and training. In return we expect our foster parents to provide a high standard of care for our children. 

I want a professional career in fostering and am happy to undertake ongoing training

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The challenges of fostering

Fostering is life changing and rewarding work. It can also be challenging at times but our foster parents tell stories of the great satisfaction they gain with our expert support. 

I understand that some children in fostering may have challenging behaviour due to the experiences they may have had

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Working as part of a team

As a foster parent we require you to work as part of the By the Bridge team but also with social workers, teachers and health workers to help support the child.

I am able to talk and listen to young people, aswell as working part of a team to help support them