Therapeutic Interventions

Our Therapeutic Interventions are very much part of our school community.

We offer our pupils
the following

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy enables children to participate in daily life to improve their health and wellbeing. Daily life is made up of many activities (or occupations). Occupations for children or young people may include self-care (getting ready to go out, eating a meal, using the toilet), being productive (going to school, or volunteering) and leisure activities (playing with friends or doing hobbies). Difficulties with processing sensory information such as textures, sounds, smells, tastes, brightness and movement can be due to a child’s Autism’s symptoms.

Sensory integration therapy uses play activities in ways designed to change how the brain reacts to touch, sound, sight and movement. These difficulties can make ordinary situations feel overwhelming and so they can interfere with daily function and even isolate individuals and their families. Motor clumsiness, behavioural problems, anxiety, depression, school failure, and other impacts can result. Occupational therapy sessions typically take place in a sensory-rich environment, sometimes through fun activities, that are subtly structured, so the child is constantly challenged but always successful. The goal is to foster appropriate responses to sensation in an active, meaningful, and fun way so that the child can behave in a more functional manner. Our Occupational Therapists will work with children either on a one-to-one basis or in a group setting – at school or in the child’s home. Over time, the appropriate responses generalise to the environment beyond the therapy room to the broader community.

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Play Therapy

Play Therapy uses a variety of play and creative arts techniques to alleviate chronic, mild and moderate psychological and emotional conditions in children that are causing behavioural problems and/or are preventing children from realising their potential. Our Play Therapist works using a wide range of these techniques, mostly responding to the child’s wishes and will work closely with the child on a one-to-one basis at school using a very much child led philosophy. Working in a safe space to process any thoughts (past and current) and trauma to develop coping strategies that will span their whole life time.

Speech & Language Therapy

Speech and language therapy provides treatment, support and care for children who have difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking and swallowing. Our Speech and Language Therapist will closely with our children to support them with areas of social, functional and emotional communication as well as language development so that they are able to access the curriculum individualised to their needs.