Speech & Language and
Speech and Language Therapy
The substantial Speech and Language Therapy Service at the William Henry Smith School aims to enhance life skills and academic success in students through a number of provisions. We provide individual assessments, full reports and therapy aims to staff and parents on all students. We facilitate both group and individual therapy sessions, which can focus on social skills development, auditory processing skills, working memory, visualisation and vocabulary enrichment.
Speech and Language Therapists work closely with Education staff to develop classroom strategies, enhancing communicative and learning environments and thus improve individuals' access to the curriculum.
Occupational Therapists assess people's function, and enable people to be as independent in different activities in their lives. Working on an individual basis, our Occupational Therapist devises programmes for students that can assist with difficulties with movement, handwriting, balance, sensory modulation, reading, concentration and memory.
By working closely with the education team, they help to consider and implement specialist working environments for students with complex learning difficulties and disabilities.
The school also offers 1:1 Rebound Therapy sessions with an Occupational Therapist. This is usually an 8 week programme involving basic trampolining skills, sensory integration techniques, relaxation opportunities and creative movements through play and story-telling.
“The essential value of rebound therapy is that, for a brief moment, ‘earth’ is left behind, and a new freedom is found in controlled movement away from gravity’s straightjacket, in a sort of relaxed ‘poetry of motion’ available to all, irrespective of any disability.” (Eddy Anderson, MCSP)
The work is intrinsically motivating, enjoyable and returns high value in therapeutic terms for the time and effort involved.
There are many benefits of Rebound from a physical, physiological and therapeutic perspective, aiding in:-
- a person’s understanding of their body and how it can move
- improving righting reaction and dynamic balance
- stimulating the sensory systems through joints and muscles expanding and contracting
- increasing the heart rate and respiratory rate
- developing perception, special awareness and rhythm
- increased vocalisation, eye contact and enhanced concentration
- auditory processing and listening abilities
- self-regulation and understanding what the body requires to raise or reduce alertness