As a school we believe in developing the whole child and we recognise that for many of our pupils this requires specific interventions. We run a number of therapeutic interventions in school which are available to pupils on a referral basis.
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 System Therapy takes advantage of the inherently rewarding nature of LEGO activities for many children. The approach uses a number of important elements of play therapy and is specifically aimed to develop pupil’s…
- Verbal and non-verbal communication
- Task focus
- Sharing and turn taking
- Collaborative problem solving
Musical Interaction Sessions
Led by Peter Blake 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
- Social anxiety
- Behavioural challenges
- Group play
- Joint attention
- Following directions
- Sustained attention to an activity
- Identification of emotions
PE Lead/Rebound Therapy/Swim Coach
Suzie Winchester & Justin Sainsbury
Suzie Winchester leads Rebound therapy which is used to facilitate movement and promote the following; balance, increase or decrease in muscle tone, relaxation, sensory integration, fitness and exercise tolerance and to improve communication skills. It is also fun, gives confidence in movement and a feeling of well being.
Justin Sainsbury is our qualified swim coach who works closely with pupils and teachers to develop their water skills as well as providing therapeutic sessions to more complexed learners.
Nurture Support / Learning Mentor
Steph 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. She runs friendship groups, girls club and boys club. Steph is a trained Emotional Literacy Support Assistant and uses this training to support children to with work on emotions, helping them to better understand and regulate their own emotions. She also provides mindfulness, resilience and wellbeing support for children who need it.
Harley Beale leads Jump Ahead therapy which is used to facilitate fine and gross motor skills which will enable children with their self-care, handwriting skills and visual concentration. Sessions are delivered mainly one to one based on the assessment of each child’s individual needs with activities set towards their targets.