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Therapeutic Interventions

As a school we believe in developing the whole child and we recognise that for many of our pupils this requires specific interventions that enable pupils individual support. We have a number of specific therapeutic interventions available to pupils on a referral basis and identified need.

Drawing and Talking Therapy
Led by Steph Marett Drawing and talking is a safe method of working with children to help with underlying emotional difficulties that may be affecting their learning and behaviour. The core of the method is encouraging the children to draw with a person they feel comfortable with regularly at the same time each week and this person asking some non- intrusive questions about the child’s drawings. Over time a symbolic resolution is found to old conflicts, old trauma is healed and the child becomes more able to control their behaviour and better able to access the curriculum.
Lego Therapy
Led by Nia Martyn LEGO System Therapy takes advantage of the inherently rewarding   nature of LEGO activities for many children, with ASC. The approach uses a number of important elements of play therapy and is specifically aimed to develop pupils…

  • Verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Task focus
  • Sharing and turn taking
  • Collaborative problem solving
Musical Interaction Sessions / Individual Music Tuition
Led by Yvette Holyoake Musical Interaction is an interactive approach primarily for developing social and communication skills for children with special educational needs. These sessions aim to develop pupils…

  • Greetings and farewells
  • Impulse Control
  • Eye contact
  • Turn taking
  • Sharing
  • Transitions
  • Social anxiety
  • Behavioural challenges
  • Group play
  • Joint attention
  • Imitation
  • Following directions
  • Sustained attention to an activity
  • Identification of emotions
Rebound Therapy
Led by Suzie Winchester Rebound therapy is used to facilitate movement, promote balance, promote an increase or decrease in muscle tone, promote relaxation, promote sensory integration, promote fitness and exercise tolerance and to improve communication skills.
Reading Recovery/Nurture Support / Learning Mentor
Anita Hamilton Reading recovery is a ten week intensive reading programme which aims to raise pupils’ reading skills.  Pupils access daily half hour sessions which focus on developing phonic and decoding skills as well as comprehension, understanding of punctuation, expression, literal and inferential understanding and confidence.  Children make very good progress in this intervention.Anita is a qualified Learning Mentor who supports identified pupils who require extra support to boost their confidence and self-esteem within the school environment through individual and small group sessions exploring identified personal interest and activities to promote positive social interaction.
First Class @ Number 1 & 2
Andrea Humphries First class @ numbers is a highly successful programme that supports pupils who need additional support with number. The programme includes practical and interactive learning opportunities where pupils work in small groups and individually to consolidate and extend their mathematical skills.
Behavioural Support Lead / Triple P Lead
Lucy Bishop Lucy supports pupils who may need a little extra help to manage their behaviour positively within the school environment. She also supports class teams and offers Team Teach/behaviour support strategies in class as needed.  The Triple P programme supports parents with positive parenting skills and is tailored to meet individual pupils needs outside of the school environment.  Parents also have the opportunity to collectively share their experiences and support each other throughout the programme and beyond.
Jump Ahead OT Groups 
Led by Harley Barnes Jump Ahead OT Groups are used to develop attention, balance, eye/hand co-ordination, visual tracking, visual perception and  fine motor skills.  Pupils attend weekly half hour sessions in small groups taking part in a range of different fun activities to develop these skills.
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