The London Family Court Clinic is undergoing a project to renovate the portion of the clinic where clients are seen to ensure the environment is developmentally-appropriate for all clients. When completed, the new rooms will provide optimal environments where play, therapy and assessment can occur for children, youth and emerging adults with various developmental disabilities.
Research to inform the renovations has been undertaken by a six-member occupational therapy team at Western University. The designs are inspired by a number of factors: evidence-based principles of multi-sensory or the Snoezelen concept; and, the Alert program that is geared to promoting self-regulation and relaxation as well as augmenting executive functioning.
Occupational therapy and speech language pathology will represent two new enhancements to the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) at LFCC, further strengthening both the holistic approach to the way each individual is assessed and understood, and the coordination of an associated range of services.