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Other Therapies

Policies

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 preventing children from realising their potential.   

Our Play Therapist works integratively using a wide range of play and creative arts techniques, mostly responding to the child’s wishes. 

Assisted Animal Therapy

Assisted Animal Therapy is goal-directed; the children are set achievable objectives and outcomes are measured and evaluated. AAT is undertaken with the intention to support children through important social, emotional and physical developments.

Animal Assisted Activities are often animal workshops with less structured objectives. These activities are often undertaken for an educational purpose but may still have social and emotional benefits for the children involved.

For children with disabilities or difficulties of all kinds, animal therapy can be hugely beneficial and has previously made major changes to children’s lives in many different ways.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy (OT) is a branch of health care that helps children who have physical, sensory, or cognitive problems.

Occupational therapists help with barriers that affect a child’s emotional, social, and physical needs. To do this, they use everyday activities, exercises, and other therapies.

OT helps children play, improves their ability to access learning and supports their daily activities. It also boosts their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment. With OT, children can:

  • Develop fine motor skills so they develop good handwriting or computer skills
  • Improve eye–hand coordination so that they can develop their play and improve necessary skills to access learning
  • Begin to understand their sensory needs and how they can use strategies to help keep them regulated

Therapy Dogs

Our therapy dogs are trained to provide affection, comfort and support to the children in our school. They are used to aid learning, build empathy and support our children in regulating their emotions. Children are able to walk the dogs, read to them and sit with them during stressful moments. Our dogs often join the children during play time and lunch time.

Educational Psychologist

The role of the educational psychologist is varied but includes:

  • Observing the child in the class or the playground
  • Speaking with the child or young person to get their views about what is going well in school and what might be difficult
  • Looking at examples of class work
  • Speaking to professionals who are involved with the child
  • Liaising with parents
  • Analysing existing data (e.g. assessment already completed by the school)
  • Conducting tests or tasks

Our EP is a trauma specialist and delivers training to our staff on a range of topics such as:

  • Nurture
  • Attachment
  • Resilience
  • Mindset and Motivation
  • Mediated Learning
  • Solution-oriented approaches

Speech and Language Therapy

Speech and language therapy provides treatment, support and care for children who have difficulties with communication.

SLT aims to help children progress by making learning fun and engaging. Some of the strategies that your child might encounter are:

Language intervention activities: playing, talking, using pictures, books, toys or other objects to stimulate language development. This includes modelling correct vocabulary.

Articulation activities: practising specific speech sounds. The therapist will show your child how to move their mouth to make the sounds and might demonstrate for them to copy.

Oral exercises: tongue, lip and jaw exercises and facial massage aimed at strengthening the muscles of the mouth.

Mentoring

Mentoring is delivered by our trusted adults; sessions offer our children quality time with a trusted adult and a safe environment in which to speak freely. Sessions offer support, encouragement and fun.

Wilderness Therapy

Learning outdoors helps our children to develop their creativity, problem-solving, independence, confidence and more.   Wilderness therapy enables children to regulate and remove barriers to learning, increase children’s love of exploring and being outside and creates opportunities to find new hobbies and future interests.

SEMH Curriculum

Our team of therapists have developed a social, emotional and mental health curriculum which includes the key elements of Relationships, Identity, Emotions, Wellbeing, Communication and Community.

Children come to us as individual beings, with unique circumstances that have impacted their lives and therefore their emotional development. We recognise our children will, at times, require specific psycho-educational programmes addressing themes such as social skills, negative thought patterns, anxiety, self-esteem and more.