The therapy support available for students within the Autism Provision consists of:
- Speech and Language Therapy (SALT)
- Occupational Therapist (OT)
- Emotional well-being
The roles of the SALT and OT are offered at a tiered level of support:
Universal Service: This is the foundation of understanding, knowledge and skills in communication and sensory support across our provision. The role of the therapist at this level is to support, advise, assess and provide basic training.
Targeted Service: This level of support is focused on individuals and may require training or specific planning to meet an individual’s needs so reducing the barriers to learning.
Specialist Support: This level of support is focused on direct and indirect input from a therapist when needed, such as in-depth assessments or interventions.
The therapists assess students on entry. This assessment is carried out over a few weeks across a range of activities. For most, this is done by observations, direct interaction and discussions with school staff, parents and carers. Following this, targets and programmes are derived and monitored by class teams with support from the therapist.
Our therapists are also available to attend individual meetings and reviews, liaise with professionals, write policies, reports and programmes, and provide training, support and mentoring for staff.
Speech and Language Therapy (SALT)
The Speech and Language Therapist (SALT) works to promote the speech, language and communication development of our students, to ensure each achieves their full communicative potential. The ability to use language and communicate with others differs from individual to individual, and SALT works in partnership with the staff team to ensure that everyone here has an effective communication system. It is essential that students with speech, language and communication difficulties are not left to struggle. Helping students communicate more effectively, in turn, helps them to progress, not only at school, but also to participate in the wider world.
Occupational Therapy (OT)
Occupational Therapy programmes consist of a combination of approaches depending on the specific needs of individuals. Programmes are delivered by staff on a 1:1 basis, in small groups or in larger groups and address difficulties such as motor coordination, sensory difficulties, self-regulation skills, executive functioning, fine motor skills, visual motor skills and functional daily living skills.
Some students have improved their motor planning and sequencing skills through activities such as cooking which involves multi-step tasks and organisation of equipment.
The provision benefits from a visiting child psychotherapist who works alongside class staff, parents and carers and individual students to support their well-being. In addition, the provision works with the Haringey Child and Adult Mental Health Service (CAMHS) to support the wellbeing of individuals who have been referred or need additional support.
Multi-Disciplinary Working (MDT)
The therapy team works with other professionals as a multi-disciplinary team around families as required. These teams may include professionals from:
Education: Teaching Staff, named contact professionals
Health: Therapists, CAMHS, School Nurse, Educational Psychologist (EP)
Social care: Social Worker, Family Support Worker, Advocacy