The Wellbeing Department offers a full range of assessment and treatment options. Our objective is to develop an all-embracing collaborative understanding of the individual or family group and offer personalised treatment packages in line with the identified needs. Our approach is both therapeutic and systemic, we consider the whole individual in the context of their own life and those who are a part of it. It is from in-depth assessment that we can determine which level of intervention is required, this being either at a Universal, Enhanced or Specialist Level
Occupational – Physical and Sensory Assessment
An Occupational Therapist works with the individual(s) to develop a thorough understanding of their practical, sensory and emotional needs with the aim of providing a comprehensive report on how their condition might be affecting their ability to access their education or otherwise live their life to its full potential.
This assessment is for children and younger people who have more practical barriers to accessing their education or living independently due to their condition.
Psychological or psychiatric assessments can often identify the need for an occupational therapy assessment when a particular factor is impacting on the individual, such as sensory or mobility issues.
Speech, Language and Communication Assessment
A Speech and Language Therapist works with the identified child or younger person to develop a comprehensive understanding of their speech, language and communication needs. Where these issues are impacting on the individual’s mental health or wellbeing or complicating their access to education or social network, an assessment can identify specific issues that require a need for direct therapy.
This assessment is for children and younger people who might have an existing diagnosis of Autism, learning or SEMH difficulties and who need help in developing their speech, language, interaction and / or communication.
Where significant sensory issues have been identified, an Occupational Therapist is able to provide a comprehensive assessment of these issues and offer a detailed understanding of how they might impact on the individual at home and school. This will also elicit specific intervention and adjustments that can help the individual to reach more of their potential in all aspects of their lives.
Our Treatment Offer
The school currently employs two school counsellors who each support their own case load of pupils.
Occupational and Sensory Integration Therapy
Occupational therapy is very practical and works towards set goals that will enable the individual(s) to develop skills to manage their difficulties as identified within the completed assessment. This offer can be delivered through direct therapy – Specialist Level of Intervention, a block of five sessions post assessment, or as part of an integrated model through a Therapy Plan – Enhanced Level of Intervention.
Speech and Language Therapy
Speech and language therapy aims to work with children and younger people to increase their comprehension, interaction and communication through the supporting of speech, language and communication skills when it is impacted by their condition (e.g. Autism). This can have the benefit of reducing distress and increasing quality of life. This offer can be delivered through direct therapy – Specialist Level of Intervention, a block of five sessions post assessment, or as part of an integrated model through a Therapy Plan – Enhanced Level of Intervention.
When a child or younger person presents with complex difficulties, it can be very challenging for parents to cope. These sessions are aimed at engaging parents in a constructive dialogue about their child’s behaviour or recent diagnosis and its impact and look at how the whole family system can be adjusted to facilitate a reduction in distress. The focus is on the child but also on the parents’ wellbeing with guidance on how to work with the presenting difficulties but also on their own challenges they may face as a result. This work is carried out over four sessions on school site.