SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY
The speech and language therapy is provided by the school, in co-operation with the Speech and Language Service of the Central Manchester and Bolton NHS Primary Care Trusts.
The speech and language therapists work closely with the teaching staff of the school, the School Nursing Service, the Occupational Therapist and the Physiotherapist to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to the care of each individual pupil. They also maintain close contacts with the child’s home or carers and liaise with general practitioners and hospital specialist services as required.
The service offers individual assessment and evaluation of pupil’s communication skills. This information is fed back to the teaching staff for inclusion in the individual education plan for each pupil.
Where appropriate direct and indirect therapeutic intervention is available within the school aimed at helping individual pupils maximize their communication skills, improve their ability to access the national curriculum and to get the most from the general educational, social and spiritual life of the school.
1:1 sessions and/or group therapy are offered following a consultation and discussion between teachers, parents and carers, speech therapists, support workers and other experienced professionals.
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The Dramatherapist works on site once a week. Dramatherapy is a creative arts therapy that uses the performance arts to promote psychological, emotional and social change. Dramatherapists offer a safe environment for an individual or group to explore, address and deal with personal and social difficulties, e.g. grief, anxiety and personal growth.
The Horticultural therapist engages individuals and small groups in therapy through the use of gardening and plant-based activities, to achieve specific therapeutic treatment goals. We offer this to those in need on a weekly basis
The Behaviour Support team is an additional service in Saint John Vianney. The staff are directly employed by the charity “Vision Beyond Autism”, and are deployed by the head teacher throughout the school providing individualised support for identified students.
The team are all highly trained in the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis and Positive behaviour support, and are supported by an experienced behaviour Consultant. The behaviour support staff work collaboratively with teachers to assess individual need and create a multidisciplinary plan which enables the students to access the curriculum and maximise learning.
The school Social Worker works on site for three days a week. The support of pupil families has been enhanced since employing a social worker. A direct and ‘school-badged’ professional is generally more able to gain parental trust and this has allowed prompt intervention with regard to safeguarding concerns. Specifically identified pupil social education groups are organised and run by the social worker.
The Art therapist has engaged with a number of pastoral groups to promote team work cooperation and understanding within new form groups. Projects have allowed for exploration of internal/emotional worlds and external appearances. Work with parents and pupils is planned for later this year.