For therapy, training, advice and support call us on 01684 576795 or email:admin@arcos.org.uk. Alternatively, please call the new AFSIL (ARCOS Family Support and Advice Line) service on 07984 451327 on Monday or Tuesday from 9.30am -12.30pm or email: afsil@arcos.org.uk at any time.

Professional Training

ARCOS is a collaborative organisation working in partnership with other agencies in the independent sector as well as with statutory education, health, and employment services.

Part of this partnership is providing training to health care professionals, largely in the NHS, to support people with communication and/or swallowing difficulties. 

We share the very latest in therapy techniques, new technology, and equipment, promoting function that is as normal as possible, preventing avoidable secondary disabilities through education, and helping our clients acquire greater independence.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, we are still running safe courses.  

Please contact us on 01684 576795 or email: admin@arcos.org.uk to find out more.

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Facial Oral Tract Therapy (F.O.T.T.) Courses

 

We run a full range of Facial Oral Tract Therapy Courses delivering an understanding of Facial Oral Tract Therapy (F.O.T.T.) to doctors, therapists, nurses and others involved in the rehabilitation of people with brain injury causing facial oral tract problems e.g. difficulties in eating and drinking (swallowing), breathing, voice and speech.

All our courses are multi-disciplinary and include theoretical aspects, self-experience and also supervised practical work in the assessment and treatment of patients.

Single Conference/Study Day

An introduction to the area of eating difficulties in clients with neurological disorders. It does not include practical work with patients.

The study day can take the form of a lecture, in which case the audience is unlimited, or a self-experience workshop in which enough room is needed to allow people to work together.

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Introduction to Facial Oral Tract Therapy (I/F.O.T.T)(3 days)

Comprises theory (normal v. typical abnormal patterns) and supervised practical work with patients treated by a group of 2-3 course participants. Numbers are limited by the number of patients able to take part. A number less than 18 is an advantage but it makes the course more expensive.

Ground Course (G/F.O.T.T.) (5-6 days in 2 parts)

Comprises theory (normal v. typical abnormal patterns) and supervised practical work with patients treated by a group of 2-3 course participants. Numbers are limited by the number of patients able to take part. A number less than 18 is an advantage but it makes the course more expensive.

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Refresher 3 Day Study Course*

A problem-solving seminar providing participants with an opportunity to review and discuss F.O.T.T. principles and treatment; benefit from self-experience workshops and supervised practical work with patients.

* For those who have already attended a Ground Course in F.O.T.T. or the equivalent and have a minimum of six months experience since then. 

Refresher Course members are expected to be thoroughly familiar with basic F.O.T.T. theory assessment and treatment methods and be ready to discuss relevant issues and aims of treatment. Course members are encouraged to bring illustrations of their own work, for example, a brief case study of a patient and a videotaped illustration of their work with patients.

Day courses available from £130 pp

  • Therapeutic Oral Hygiene
  • Moves to Swallow
  • Making the Most of Mealtimes

During the Covid-19 pandemic, we are still running safe courses.  

Please contact us on 01684 576795 or email: admin@arcos.org.uk to find out more.

Occupational Therapist

“I have been given greater insight into what problems clients may have when eating and drinking.”

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Children

We offer a multi-sensory environment for calming relaxation and sensory stimulation. Children with a variety of disabilities  attend.

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Adults

Through specialist multi-disciplinary therapies, rehabilitation activities, and emotional support to make a difference and changing lives.

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Professionals

We provide training in understanding best practice care and the latest technological support for a range of conditions for healthcare professionals.

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Carers

ARCOS provide physical and online training, information, and advice. You also gain a network of peer support to assist you through your journey.

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Arsha's Story

Family life after stroke – ARCOS stroke recovery therapy, training, and support.

Oliver's Story

Life before the children’s therapy that ARCOS has provided was very hard for Oliver and me. He struggled with so many things, hated change with a passion, and hardly ever wanted attention or cuddles…

 
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Facial Oral Tract Therapy (F.O.T.T.) Courses

Facial Oral Tract Therapy Courses are designed to provide an understanding of Facial Oral Tract Therapy (F.O.T.T.) for doctors, therapists, nurses and others involved in the rehabilitation of people with brain injury causing facial oral tract problems e.g. difficulties in eating and drinking (swallowing), breathing, voice and speech. Courses are multi-disciplinary and comprise, as well as theoretical aspects, self-experience and also supervised practical work in the assessment and treatment of patients.

Single Conference/Study Day: An introduction to the area of eating difficulties in clients with neurological disorders. It does not include practical work with patients. The study day can take the form of a lecture, in which case the audience is unlimited, or a self-experience workshop in which enough room is needed to allow people to work together.

Introduction to Facial Oral Tract Therapy (3 days): This course includes demonstration on patients either ‘live’ or on video.

Ground Course (G/F.O.T.T.) (5-6 days): Comprises theory (normal v. typical abnormal patterns) and supervised practical work with patients treated by a group of 2-3 course participants. Numbers are limited by the amount of patients able to take part. A number less than 18 is an advantage but it makes the course more expensive.

Refresher Course (3-4 days): For those who have already attended a Ground Course in F.O.T.T. or the equivalent and have a minimum of six months experience since then. The Refresher Course is a problem-solving seminar providing participants with an opportunity to review and discuss F.O.T.T. principles and treatment; benefit from self-experience workshops and supervised practical work with patients. Refresher Course members are expected to be thoroughly familiar with basic F.O.T.T. theory assessment and treatment methods and be ready to discuss relevant issues and aims of treatment. Course members are encouraged to bring illustrations of their own work, for example a brief case study of a patient and videotaped illustration of their work with patients.

 

Training: Demonstration and facilitation of technique to lengthen outward breath (expiration)

 

Course Feedback:

‘Very valuable to have input from such experienced staff’
(Physiotherapist)

‘Many thanks for sharing your skills and knowledge with us’
(Occupational therapists)

‘Highly stimulating and thought provoking – I expect my practice to change significantly as a result’
(Physiotherapist)

‘I have been given greater insight into what problems clients may have when eating and drinking’
(Occupational therapist)

‘I have learnt more in one morning than I have in a long time. Everything I learnt will have a very positive effect on the people I care for’
(RGN)

For a full list of our F.O.T.T. Courses please click here