Therapies & Interventions
We are committed to the holistic development of our pupils and ensure that they have access to a wide range of therapeutic interventions. The purpose of an intervention is to address a barrier to learning or to enhance health, happiness and wellbeing thereby enabling the child or young person to develop to the best of their ability.
Sensory Integration Therapy
This approach helps children to understand and cope with the information coming in through sensory channels – specifically touch, movement and an understanding of where our body is in space. This can be particularly difficult for children on the autistic spectrum.
We have 2 Sensory Integration rooms and members of staff who follow advice from specialist Occupational Therapists to deliver daily programmes of sensory therapy. We use a range of equipment including such items as swings, balances and physio balls to provide structured sensory experiences for children to calm or alert them, according to their need. We also offer regular sensory circuits for all classes to access This can help to make them more receptive to learning and more able to access the classroom environment.
Theraplay (Interactive Play Therapy)
Theraplay is a therapeutic 12 week 1:1 programme of interactive play for children and young people aged 4-19 years, who have experienced trauma. Trauma is defined as an experience that the individual interprets as beyond their ability to cope.
Access to Theraplay is on a voluntary basis and is available for all children and families with a wide variety of problems, including:
Children/Young people who are withdrawn
Children/Young people struggling with relationships
Children/Young people with depressed behaviour
Children/Young people with aggression
Children/Young people with phobias
Children/Young people who have difficulty socialising and making friends
SEN e.g. ADD, ADHD, developmental delay and autistic spectrum
Theraplay is a structured play therapy for children and their parents/carers. Its goal is to enhance attachment, self-esteem, trust in others and joyful engagement. The sessions are fun, physical, personal and interactive and replicate the natural, healthy interaction between parents and young children. The interactions focus on four essential qualities found in parent-child relationships.Structure, Engagement, Nurture and Challenge. The purpose of intervention is to promote resilience by supporting the potential for hope.
Theraplay at Shorefields is provided by a trained theraplayist who is based part-time in the school
What is Music Therapy?
Music therapists believe that everyone is musical and that we all have an innate response to music. The response to music is intact, irrespective of age, ability, illness, impairment and mental state.
Music therapists use the different aspects of music (physical, emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual) to address an individual’s needs, while working with their strengths.
Through making music with the therapist, the individual may experience beneficial changes and developments which are encouraged and worked towards in a safe and creative way. Using music in this way is a form of therapy – music therapy.
The Music Therapist is trained to use music to reach out in this way and to help people develop their potential whatever their disability, difficulties or diagnosis. The individual may come to music therapy for many different reasons.
What can be achieved through Music Therapy?
The aims of Music Therapy are not musical; they are therapeutic. It is through the process of making music that significant benefits arise. In music therapy sessions, music is used to motivate, stimulate, calm and build bridges of communication. The aim is closely involved with supporting the individual to find meaning, fulfilment, confidence and a sense of worth. This may be achieved in a number of ways through:
- Improvising music
- Making CDs
- Music as relaxation
- Singing together
What happens in a Music Therapy session?
In Music Therapy, individuals experience music improvised uniquely for and with them. They will have the opportunity to interact and communicate musically and to express themselves in whatever way they can – using their body, voice or musical instrument. But most of all, they will be forming a creative relationship with their music therapist.
The music therapist may work in a range of ways. This depends upon the strengths and needs of each individual and group. The aims of Music Therapy are decided in liaison with the individual, staff, keyworker and therapist.
At Shorefield’s, Music Therapy is provided by a HCPC registered Music Therapist one day a week in partnership with Suffolk Music Therapy Services (https://www.suffolkmusictherapyservices.co.uk/
Speech and Language Therapy
The speech and language therapy team at Shorefields School includes a part time therapist permanently based in the school and additional input from health service therapists. The provision aims to help students fulfil their communicative potential both within the classroom and wider community through working collaboratively with school staff, families and carers. Our style of input is determined by assessment of the student's needs and as such can take the form of individual or group sessions, collaborative classroom sessions, joining class outings and home/community visits.
We promote effective communication by all means, for example, speech, sign, symbol exchange and electronic low/high-tech communication aids. We also support the development of students’ social interaction skills.
The speech and language therapy team also support students with eating and drinking difficulties. We provide assessment, diagnosis and recommendations alongside training for school staff.
Our school is offered a regular service from the Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy employed by Anglian Community Enterprise CIC. Therapists visit the school during term-time and also offer home and community support where clinically appropriate to their service users.
The therapists work in collaboration with class staff and other professionals involved in the child's care to implement an integrated programme which meets a child’s physical needs within their educational setting. Therapy is offered on an individual or group basis depending on the needs of the child.
The physiotherapists offer a joint clinic with the local orthotics service once a month within our school. This enables student's known to physiotherapy and orthotics to benefit from joint clinical reasoning and maximises outcome and function. Therapists also co-ordinate joint appointments with equipment reps, the local wheelchair service, children's social care OT's, etc to maximise joint working to meet pupil needs.