Therapies
As part of our personalised approach to our curriculum, we work alongside a range of Therapists in order to offer provision to support students.

Speech and Language Therapy

We work together with Speech and Language Therapists from the team for Warwickshire Foundation Trust.

We are committed to working in partnership with pupils, parents and other professionals to develop communication skills and to provide a communication friendly environment.

We aim to provide a total communication environment. Total communication is about communicating in any way you can, these may include:

  • Signing
  • Pointing to pictures.
  • Symbols, photographs or objects of reference.
  • Facial expression, eye pointing, gestures and body movement.
  • Switches

To achieve this, we use a variety of strategies to support pupils including;

  • Communication boards
  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
  • Intensive Interaction
  • Makaton Signing
  • Body Signing
  • Communication books and Talking tins
  • Social Stories
  • Eye gaze

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists from the team for Warwickshire Foundation Trust visit pupils within our school on a regular basis.

Physiotherapy includes providing: exercises; daily functional activities; hydrotherapy programmes; stretching programmes and postural management advice using specialist equipment. Postural care is the constant promotion of good posture to enable children to participate in all activities thus enabling them to fulfil their potential and help learning. Regular changes of position will improve concentration and readiness to learn. There is a wide variety of equipment available to help with postural care. Equipment that children need to use to assist their posture and activity requirements, range from: standing frames; walkers; tripods/sticks; splints/gaiters; benches and wedges. Each child will require their own individual level of support.

Regular, daily activities can help improve concentration, learning skills and self-esteem. Therapy is integrated into pupil’s day to day learning and relies on a multidisciplinary approach between class staff and parents.

Music Therapy

Warwickshire County Music Service provide Music Therapy in school. We have a music therapist come into school to work with pupils once a week on a Monday. Music Therapy is a therapeutic treatment with the use of music as the non-verbal intervention. It is based on improvised music in which the children can express themselves, become aware of their feelings and interact more easily.

The aims of Music Therapy include:

  • Increasing communication, interaction and self-expression
  • Developing an awareness of self and others
  • Providing emotional support
  • Developing listening skills, sharing and taking turns
  • Developing co-ordination and motor control
  • Increasing self-confidence
  • Building trust and meaningful relationships

Rebound Therapy

Rebound Therapy is a method of using a trampoline with pupils with a range of special needs to develop a number of skills.

These include:

  • Communication
  • Co-ordination
  • Confidence
  • Body Awareness
  • Social Awareness
  • Muscle Tone
  • Trust
  • Independence
  • Relaxation
  • Spatial Awareness

We have a trained rebound therapist in our Primary School.

Hydrotherapy

Pupils have access to our own hydrotherapy pool and the opportunity to work alongside familiar staff who are trained in hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy is aimed at pupils with limited mobility. Pupils access the hydrotherapy pool to develop their muscle strength and mobility. Individualised plans are created and reviewed regularly.

Lego Therapy

Lego Therapy is a collaborative, play and social skill therapy. Each child within Lego Therapy has a role of engineer, supplier or builder and together they follow pictorial instructions to build a model. The assignment of roles enables each child the chance to improve social interaction skills within a safe and structured environment. Sessions also include a freestyle build to encourage imagination and working as a team.

Lego Therapy provides:

  • Shared attention
  • Collaboration
  • Listening
  • Communication
  • Joint problem-solving
  • Compromise
  • Turn-taking
  • Sharing
  • Shared enjoyment

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Oak Wood Primary Safeguarding

Oak Wood Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all pupils and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Warwickshire Safeguarding:

https://www.safeguardingwarwickshire.co.uk/

 

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