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Welcome to APTCOO in Bassetlaw

APTCOO in Bassetlaw is based at Tall Trees in Retford and provides a range of high quality, specialist support services to

families of children and young people Special Needs and/or Disabilities. Families are able to self-refer via telephone,

email or social media; GPs; paediatric consultants; school nurse, SENCO or any other family support services.

Support can be offered with one-to-one sessions, Anna Freud Reflective Parenting Programme, Relationships Really Matter online workshop, sensory therapy, communication & language skills, behaviour support and transitions through

to adulthood.

Tall Trees has a therapeutic sensory, spa feeling both inside and out with beautiful gardens and growing spaces

and a specialist sensory therapy suite; it is a place in the community for our parents and partners to work

together under one roof to meet the needs, wants and choices of our families in Bassetlaw. We know there is a

rising demand and limited resources to address the increase in family emotional wellbeing, we are working

together with our local mental health teams and crisis support offering intensive family therapy at the right time,

in the right place, with the right people.

A single point of access helps enormously, that has ‘no wrong door’ and provides different types of support at different levels of engagement as families need it. This means that families can step into support when life becomes complex in any given areas and feel welcomed in a place they belong. Families enjoy and benefit from learning more about themselves, making friends and feeling valued. 

APTCOO in Bassetlaw also offer the following support programmes:

ASD Sensory Therapies

Sensory processing difficulties can change how a person responds to changes in their own body, the environment and how they interact with it and others around them. They may have difficulties registering or processing sensory input which may result in them seeking out or avoiding particular types of stimuli.

​Parents and carers will be supported to engage in open dialogue to establish their needs, wants and choices to build resilience in their family, to equip them to be able to manage the challenges of everyday life and to enable them to have greater choice and control over the decisions that affect their family.

Family Learning Programme

APTCOO in Bassetlaw delivers a Family Learning Programme, the aim is to provide early support and evidence-based interventions to families of children and young people displaying behaviour that causes concern or challenges, where there is no formal diagnosis of ASD and/or ADHD, but where behaviours may be indicative or characteristic of these conditions. Post-diagnosis support for these conditions is also provided.

​The Programme offers an introduction followed by a flexible learning programme that will address:

  • ASD and ADHD and behaviours that are challenging

  • EHCPs and the Local Offer

  • Sensory overload, tools and techniques

  • Sleep deprivation

  • Family needs, wants and choices

SEND Social Prescribing

The Social Prescribing service will be provided to families in Bassetlaw. Individuals will either be seen face to face in an appropriate setting or virtually via Teams or telephone. The Social Prescriber will triage and signpost parents and carers to access non-clinical support services from Bassetlaw Integrated Care Board (ICB), the Local Authority, voluntary organisations and community groups in the local area. The full range of Voluntary and Community Services available will be explored and matched to the needs of the family, with the view to improving their health and wellbeing.

For more information on the Neurodevelopmental Referral Pathway for Children and Young People please click here.

For more information 'phone 01623 629 902 or click here to visit our Facebook page.

Below are some useful links to external organisations:

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Feedback from our families

Myself and my husband have found the meeting great, so much useful information.


In our opinion the meeting itself was beneficial and we are very grateful to have been able to access it.

Excellent service.

For the first time ever I feel normal, like I'm not a bad mum and also know I'm no longer alone.

Can’t thank this team enough and look forward to learning more myself and helping my daughter.

These guys are just incredible. They are there to help and support our whole family whenever we need them.

It’s so nice to speak to people who truly understand your worries, thought processes and stresses. My little boy is on the pathway of being assessed for autism and these guys are such a great support network.

Thank you for reaching out to us and offering your expertise, support, understanding and knowledge. Truly, we are very lucky to have you guys available at the end of the phone.

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