The Ark Centre in Chelmsford is a therapy centre offering early intervention for children with autism and/or social communication difficulties. We are Ofsted registered and our Occupational and Speech and Language therapists are registered with the HCPC. Since we opened in June 2015, we remain the only multidisciplinary early intervention centre for children aged 2-5 with autism in Essex.
Our programmes are tailored to each child, devised by our experienced team of Behaviour, Speech and Language and Occupational Therapists. Each programme is mainly delivered on a one-to-one basis, following the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), to bring about meaningful and positive changes in children’s behaviour and well-being. All programmes are supervised by a BCBA qualified consultant.
Our 3-hour sessions are run in the morning or afternoon, Monday–Friday, and we have a maximum of 8 children on a one-to-one basis a session. We require that each child attends a minimum of 4 sessions a week for 41 weeks of the year.
Our team also share their expertise and offer advice to families of children with autism, enabling family members to feel comfortable and confident in the support they are providing their children at home and outside the centre. Key to the success of any programme is the generalisation of functional skills. To achieve this, partnership working with parents / carers is central.
The Ark Centre Charity is always fundraising to maintain the subsidised fee rates at the centre and is working on increase our capacity to accommodate more children and reduce the length of our waiting list.