Therapy services available to students at Woodfield School include Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Mental Health Wellbeing. This team of therapists work closely with both students, parents, and class teachers in order to maximise student opportunities. The school is currently moving away from programs being delivered out of the classroom and towards a more evidence-based, collaborative service which seeks to unite teachers and therapists in joint planning and delivery of lessons.
Speech and Language Therapy
Woodfield School fosters a delivery service that ensures Universal support thus ensuring all pupils receive some Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) input. This support includes those pupils who are not on the SALT caseload. For students who have an Education Health and Care plan (EHCP) specific to the area of Speech, Language and Communication, the SALT continues to monitor their programs throughout.
The SALT department aim to outline the service delivery processes for identification, data gathering, referral and support processes. It is intended that the management of the delivery of SALT services is a team approach that involves negotiation with school personnel to best meet the needs of the students at Woodfield School.
The team work in consideration of the three-tier approach to SALT services as this will promote best practice and improved learning outcomes for pupils. The three-tier approach starts with whole school and whole class oral language teaching and works its way to 1:1 therapy sessions with an option for class support and communication groups in between.
Occupation Therapy (OT) services are provided to pupils enrolled at Woodfield School. This focusses on assisting our students to access their optimal learning environment. This includes assessing and treating students who have difficulties that affect their ability to complete everyday tasks in a functional manner.
OT help our students to achieve and maintain their maximum level of independence so they can access their learning to their full potential. Students are provided with sensory strategies to enable them to access learning and focus. Sensory strategies may include movement breaks throughout the day and sensory equipment to help with remaining calm and alert.
OT promote the development of self-help skills including dressing and undressing, toileting and self-feeding, as well as the development of functional hand skills in school including handwriting and tool use. OT also assess and prescribe specialist equipment needed in school to enhance maximum learning potential.
Mental Health Well-being
Woodfield School aims to create and implement a Mental Health and Well-being strategy for both the pupils and staff. The therapy teams’ mission is to ‘cultivate an environment conductive for learning and growth, through fostering a whole school approach to healthy relating’.
All referrals are processed through the referral team. The therapy team then work systematically as part as a multi-disciplinary team to provide a weekly, safe, contained confidential space. Interventions provided include both individual and group therapy. The provided therapy is process oriented and not goal oriented with the approach being client led and non-judgmental.
The work of the therapists is based upon the assumption that the body and the mind are connected and are always moving towards wholeness. The school therefore promote healthy relationships and find safe and creative ways to express all feelings. The work is also non-interpretive and often uses the metaphor of play and imagination to explore different topics. This avoids potential re-traumatization and unnecessary exposure.