The team consists of 3 Speech and Language therapists (1.4 WTE), 2 Occupational therapists (1 WTE) and one Therapy assistant (0.6 WTE).
The Therapy team work alongside classroom teachers and assistants as part of a multi-disciplinary approach to teaching. Therapy takes place in 1:1, small group and class based sessions. Joint OT and SLT therapy groups also take place e.g. Lego therapy. Our aim is to develop and enhance core skills to enable students to become independent learners.
SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY
The Speech and Language therapy team target specific difficulties associated with comprehension and use of language. Work may focus on for example understanding and use of concepts, developing vocabulary including class related words, formulating complex sentences, retrieving words, building on strategies to improve auditory memory skills.
SLT therapists are also involved in developing phonological awareness skills in association with literacy teaching in the school. Therapy is integrated into the curriculum particularly through Science, GCSE English, Art and Textiles.
Many students present with social communication difficulties and these are addressed in social skills groups. In addition KS4 students are supported with study skills for examinations and with work experience preparation.
The Occupational therapy team are experienced and have post-graduate training in sensory integration. Therapy intervention is determined by the treating OT and the provision described in the child's Statement of Special Educational Needs/EHCP.
Treatment is carried out in a designated therapy room in either individual sessions or in groups. OTs work on a child's underlying difficulties in visual perceptual, sensory integration dysfunction and delay in motor coordination. Re-assessment of students is also part of their therapy to highlight progress and for future planning.
Students also benefit from intervention integrated into the curriculum following liaison with subject teachers. Where appropriate joint working with Speech and Language therapists is an integral part of the school timetable. This allows a unique opportunity to further enhance a child's therapy experience.
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