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We provide support for young people  facing emotional or behavioural challenges, including those associated with Autism, ADHD, Anxiety and OCD.
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Our Goal is to Help Children and Young People Live a Life They Love

We believe that every child and young person deserves support on their journey towards a happy, healthy life. We are here to provide expert guidance and personalised care for those navigating the emotional or behavioural challenges that can be associated with that journey.  We have extensive experience in supporting Autistic individuals as well as those with ADHD, Anxiety and OCD. 

Our team has worked around the world with young people and their carers, providing high-quality, individualised and evidence based therapy, support and consultation.  As a team, we're committed to empowering the individuals and families we support to overcome their struggles, embrace their unique qualities, and thrive.

We draw from a range of evidence-based behavioural and developmental approaches, including Behaviour Analysis, Collaborative Proactive Solutions (CPS), Behavioural Activation, Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). 

We offer both in-person and online support, depending on the needs of the individual and their family. Our team is based in Belfast and South Down, but we serve communities across Ireland online.  We're committed to making our services as accessible as possible so that every child and family can get the support they need to thrive.

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Our team of behaviour therapists are here for you

At ACT Connect, we pride ourselves on being experts in a wide range of areas that are critical to supporting the emotional and behavioural well-being of children, young people, and families across Northern Ireland, including locations such as Belfast, Newry, Derry/Londonderry, Armagh and more.

We believe in taking a holistic approach to each individual's needs and using our collective expertise to develop customized, evidence-based solutions that work.

Click on any of the links below to learn more about how we can support you and your family. Let's work together to create a happier, healthier future for you and your loved ones.

Autism Support

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Anxiety Support

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OCD Support

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Emotional and Behavioural Well being

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Group Learning and Training

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Parent Wellbeing

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How can we help?

At times in life, we all need a helping hand to guide us through difficult times. It can be overwhelming to know where to turn for support, but we're here to help. We offer a range of support options tailored to meet the unique needs of individuals and families. Often individuals and families choose to receive a combination of these approaches.

Teaching

In teaching sessions, the therapist will focus more on directly shaping new skills. Together with your child’s assent, we will work on a range of skills that have been identified as proving challenging for them.

Coaching

In coaching sessions, we will meet with the individual who is facing difficulties. We will together identify actions that will help reduce the difficulties they face and increase connection with those things that bring them joy.

Consultation

In consultation sessions, we will meet with caregivers such as parents, guardians, direct care workers and behaviour therapists. We will provide guidance in how to support, encourage and teach skills that move the person they are caring for closer to what they value in life.

Assessment

In assessment sessions, we will identify what your (or your loved ones) strengths and challenges are. In addition, we will aim to pinpoint what are the root causes of those challenges to more effectively support the changes you wish to see in your (or your loved ones) life.

Our Client Stories

One way to understand the breadth and depth of the support we provide is to read the stories of other families, like yours, who have sought and benefited from our support.  Below are links to the stories of previous clients who have received our support and the impact that support has had on their life. 

*Please note all client names and any possible identifying information has been changed.   Further the support they received was implemented under the guidance of a UK Certified Behaviour Analyst and is specific to the child or young person and their environment. 

How to Get Started?

As all the work we do is individualised to the needs of your child and family it is not possible to just have a simple “sign up here” button but we have kept the process as simple as possible.
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To make the process as convenient and comfortable as possible we have set up a number of ways for you to reach out to us.  You can click here to write to us via the contact us page.  Alternatively you can book an initial consultation here or text via our phone number (0044) 7769945214 or email on julianne@acttoconnect.com.
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Tell your story

Julianne, our owner, will follow up with you to arrange a time that is suitable for you for an initial free online consultation.  In that consultation she will speak in depth, and for as long as you need, so she can understand the difficulties you or your loved one are experiencing.  She will then walk you through the options of support that are most likely to meet your needs.

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Assessment and Planning

Once you feel you have understood everything, we will start meeting. The initial sessions with your therapist will be for them to get to know you and your loved one.  With children the initial sessions are relaxed and filled with play, though the therapist will be doing subtle assessments to gain a more in depth understanding of your child’s difficulties, as well as a better understanding of the different approaches that are likely to be successful in supporting them. 

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Ongoing journey

We will acknowledge and celebrate all the seemingly small but potentially life-changing steps you have already taken to get this far while remaining focused on what is working or not working in the sessions to see progress.  We will be constantly revising our approach to ensure ongoing progress. 

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