It is a priority for LVS Oxford to support learners in social and emotional wellbeing as it decreases mental health problems and behavioural difficulties. We have an onsite therapy and nursing team that work closely together to support the students. The team includes a Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Psychotherapist and a School Nurse.
Who do we work with?
The team works closely with Parents, Carers and Professionals to create a coordinated and consistent programme of education and care. The team has a flexible approach and works hard to ensure excellent communication and support from all external agencies including, other health providers such as CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) Medical Consultants, GP’s and Dieticians and other agencies as required.
The aims of our social and emotional support
The fundamental aim of our coordinated approach is to ensure that our students have the best support for their social and emotional wellbeing. This will enable them to access the learning environment, to meet their needs and aspirations as identified on their Individual EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan) and to exceed these wherever possible.
Through providing strategies for recognising and managing emotions and developing skills needed to participate successfully in social interactions that students will be able to use these tools to access future opportunities and live more independently.
Why is social and emotional wellbeing so important?
How we develop learners’ social and emotional skills
At LVS Oxford, students have social skills sessions incorporated into their timetable to increase their skills, knowledge and confidence in social situations. These sessions are delivered jointly by the Speech and Language Therapist and Occupational Therapist; allowing specialist knowledge and expertise to be utilised. Sessions include role play activities of various social scenarios and resources are used to prompt discussions and target self-development.
The therapy team also provide weekly sessions to support students to develop their emotional literacy skills. This enables students to reflect on themselves and their lives, focusing on the positive aspects by using strategies to manage their emotions in a healthy way. Staff in the school receive training from the therapy team to understand the individual needs of the students to ensure their emotional wellbeing is considered and supported at all times. Psychotherapeutic support is offered to students and staff in the form of drop-in sessions alongside targeted long term individual therapy and a therapeutic arts group.
The team closely monitor social skills used by students throughout the school day, providing support during unstructured times (such as break and lunchtime) in which engaging in social activities can be challenging and daunting for the students. The therapy team also support students on trips and during activities where they are developing life skills in the community.
The therapy team are available on site at LVS Oxford across the waking day curriculum and the students are encouraged to access the support provided whenever they need it. In addition to timetabled sessions, the students are encouraged discuss their feelings during times of low mood or increased anxiety where they can receive the support they need to manage their days in school and further develop confidence and skills for life.
We aim to provide them with a 'tool box for life' - a variety of skills and coping mechanisms that they can take with them in to the future.