The HANDLE Screening
The HANDLE Screening
HANDLE is an approach that combines an understanding of neuroplasticity and its relationship with mind, body and environment. It explores the sensory systems in search of possible overload or stress, that may be impacting learning or life difficulties. It is a non-judgemental approach, which uses observation and listening as its main form of assessment. A HANDLE screening uses a series of activities which the child engages in, designed to help the HANDLE Screener observe the child’s processing ability. Some areas observed include; auditory sequential memory, eye teaming and tracking, differentiation, balance, muscle tone and sensory integration. The HANDLE Screening is aimed at individuals from 5 years old and older, with mild learning and behavioural challenges. A HANDLE Screening lasts 30 minutes. A HANDLE Screener will look beyond labels, to address the underlying factors that may be contributing to the learning or life challenges.
If you feel your child is experiencing stress, disorganisation, inefficiency in the body (in movement, in sight, in taste and in touch) and challenges processing information then it might help to explore the underlying factors that might be impacting your child’s well-being.
When you contact ChiLD, we will send you an Intake Form asking you some general questions about your child. We will then contact you for a consultation and at this time we will send you screening questionnaires. During this consultation you will have the opportunity to tell us about you, your family and your child; and the challenges your child is facing. Then, we will carry out a HANDLE Screening, designed to observe and listen for the underlying factors impacted your child. With your consent we may gather information from school, and then provide you with a comprehensive report and short programme of simple HANDLE movement activities that will help to strengthen and integrate your child’s systems. Following the report, we would encourage you to arrange a ‘Team Around the Child’ consisting of the adults and specialists who work with your child, to share the findings and to discuss what strategies and provision should be put into place, to best support your child.
For more information, please see the HANDLE website below.