At Wyre Forest School we pride ourselves in meeting the individual needs of our pupils, and our therapeutic provisions are a key aspect in achieving this. If a pupil requires a specific intervention this will be highlighted within their EHCP, and provided to individual pupils. The provisions available include:
Speech and Language Therapy
Our Speech and Language Therapists (SaLT) focus on two main areas; communication and interaction, feeding and swallowing. They aim to ensure the pupils can communicate to their full potential and their communication needs are met in order to fully access the curriculum. They also aim to ensure pupils can eat, drink and swallow with minimum risk.
Hydrotherapy is an essential form of exercise for our pupils. It involves moving and exercising in water; essentially physiotherapy in a pool. Our physiotherapists work with identified pupils on a weekly basic to carry out their hydrotherapy programme. Pupils who do not have interventions with the physiotherapy team may still access the hydrotherapy pool with their class team.
Physiotherapy helps the pupils to develop and maintain their mobility skills, joint range of movement, muscle strength, and motor skills. Our physiotherapists work with identified pupils, and create individual physiotherapy programmes for these pupils. These programmes are then shared with parents and the class teams. The class teams are then trained to carry out the programme to ensure the pupil receives daily physiotherapy.
Rebound Therapy involves using a trampoline to provide therapeutic exercises for our pupils. It involves using the moving bed of the trampoline to facilitate movement, promote an increase or decrease in muscle tone, and promote balance, relaxation, sensory integration. It also aims to improve fitness and exercise tolerance, and to develop communication skills.
The Occupational Therapists (OTs) assess and treat pupils who have difficulties that affect their ability to do every day functional activities. Once these pupils are identified the OTs will then provide tailored therapies in class or in our sensory integration room. These therapies help the pupils achieve or maintain their maximum level of independence so they can access the school curriculum to their full potential.
Riding for the Disabled (RDA)
Some of our pupils have access to RDA. This is a charity who provide horse riding for pupils and adults with a disability. Identified pupils will attend RDA one afternoon a week for a half-term. During the RDA session pupils are given the opportunity to join in with fun activities like riding which provides them with therapy, fitness, and skills development.
Pupils at Wyre Forest School who are identified as requiring one of these therapies as part of their special educational provision have access to our integrated therapy service, but the service provided will vary depending on pupil need. These therapies are delivered by professionals and therapists who work alongside the class team by supporting the delivery of integrated therapeutic programmes within the class, or by providing individual plans and sessions.
In addition to our ‘in-school therapeutic programme’ we also liaise with Educational Psychologists, Children and Mental Health Services (CAMHS), attachment specialists, Social Services, Worcestershire Virtual School and other local authority support agencies.
At Wyre Forest School our culture is based around the principles of trauma informed practice and we always look at behaviour being a communication of an unmet need. We use the THRIVE assessment model to inform practice with pupils with an understanding of emotional regulation and also link with BILD to provide Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) to our pupils where behaviour is overtly functional rather than emotion based. We ensure they receive the right support at the right time so they can thrive to their potential. PBS aims to understand what behaviours that challenge tell us so that the pupils needs can be met. We understand the strategies used to support a pupil may have to change to achieve this and that these strategies need to be reviewed regularly by everyone involved.
At Wyre Forest School we have a whole school approach to enable us to support our pupils.