Specialist Therapies

Helping young people with autism develop calming strategies.

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.

Speech & Language Therapy (SALT)

The role of the SALT in the school is to assess the communication skills of students in the school, identify areas where the young person may require extra support and to set goals with them so that we can work together on the areas of their communication that they would like to develop.
 
Students receive a wide range of support from the SALT including 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.  Where stipulated in the young persons EHCP 1:2:1 sessions will be delivered.
 

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

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.

Psychotherapy.

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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Students make good progress in their learning because they are taught well and they follow a good, creative and innovative curriculum that meets their needs.
Ofsted report October 2010
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