Students with autism 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.
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.
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.
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.
Mental health and wellbeing of students and staff at LVS Oxford is of paramount importance. Young people with autism may suffer from mental health problems just like the rest of the population although mental health problems are not an inevitable part of autism. Yet we do know that many young people with autism develop mental health problems as they get older creating an added difficulty as part of their life-long condition.
The school aims to provide a supportive environment that will help students with mental health difficulties to realise their full academic & social potential. It also aims to facilitate and promote positive mental health and wellbeing by working with external agencies such as CAMHS.
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We have experienced her joie de vivre at LVS Oxford where finally, she feels part of an educational establishment that has its arms around her!