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 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
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 & Hussain Hasip
Suzie Winchester leads Rebound therapy which is used to facilitate movement, 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.
Hussain Hasip is our qualified swim coach who works closely with teachers and the pupils to develop water skills as well as providing therapeutic sessions for our complex 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. Steph is undertaking Emotional Literacy Support Assistant training to widen our provision that we can offer the children.
Family Liaison Officer
Kaarina Dougherty is our Family Liaison Officer who’s role involves measures towards improving the life outcomes and opportunities for our pupils and their families by providing a range of family support, interventions and activities. She also helps develop and sustain collaborative links with relevant agencies, practitioners and families.
Behavioural Support Lead
Shlomit 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.
Harley Beale leads Jump Ahead therapy which 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.