Autism Specialists

Helping Children with Learning Difficulties Develop Calming Strategies and Overall Wellbeing

Students with Asperger's, autism, dyslexia and related learning difficulties benefit from our holistic approach to helping them deal with the anxieties of everyday life. With a dedicated speech and language room and separate therapy room, our specialist staff are key members of the team, there to support students on a daily basis.

Speech & Language Therapy (SALT)

The role of the SALT in the school is to assess the communication skills of learners in the school, identify areas that the learner may require extra support in and to set goals with the learners so we can work together on the areas of their communication that they would like to develop.

Learners receive a wide range of support from the SALT including 1:1 therapy sessions, social communication groups and support in the classroom to engage in lessons. The SALT also works closely with staff to share knowledge and promote the transfer of skills learned by students in therapy sessions to the wider school environment.

Joint group work with the OT such as the ‘Restaurant Group’ helps to support the development of life skills and aims to promote independence. Students who attended the restaurant group learnt how to order a meal, solve problems, use cutlery appropriately, pay a bill and use social skills that are needed when dining in a restaurant. All students indicated they felt more confident about being in a restaurant after attending the sessions.
 

Occupational therapy promotes skills development and independence in all daily activities.

At LVS Oxford, occupational therapy is provided to support the needs of the student which is identified from observations, standardised and non-standardised assessments in the school. Sensory, motor and functional skills are assessed, and all students are provided with an action plan and sensory diet which is incorporated into the classroom environment. Occupational therapy can be provided in both individual sessions and group work activities, with equipment and strategies integrated into the classroom supporting the needs of the student, enabling them to access the curriculum.


Education and residential staff receive training to understand how to support particular difficulties that may be impacting engagement, levels of anxiety and behaviour. The Occupational Therapist will regularly liaise with all staff to ensure there is a consistent approach across the waking day curriculum.
 

Find out more about working for us here.

We offer a specialist curriculum that recognises young people diagnosed on the autistic spectrum as individuals.
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