Our therapy offer consists of Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy. All students in the specialist provision (The Den) also have access to Music Therapy once a week.
Students have access to Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) and Occupational Therapy (OT) as it is specified in their Education, Health and Care Plan. Referrals can also be made by members of staff after consultation with parents should the need for therapy arise.
Therapists work with collaboration with staff and deliver all relevant training when necessary.
Speech and Language Therapy (SALT)
Speech and language therapy is school-based and made up of 3 part-time therapists and 2 full time assistant therapists employed by the school.
Before students join Glebe School all relevant information and final reports from previous therapists are passed on to our Speech and Language team. In Year 7 students in need of Speech and Language Therapy have access to therapy led by therapists commissioned by Bromley Healthcare. At the end of Year 7 all students are signed off of Bromley Healthcare caseload, however students in need of further intervention have access to SALT commissioned by the school as indicated on their final SALT reports at the end of Year 7.
Therapists are involved in assessment, diagnosis and management of speech, language and communication needs. Our therapists and assistant therapists work with students individually, in small groups and within the classroom depending on the areas identified by the assessments and the provision detailed in each pupil’s EHCP. Students’ individual therapy programmes are devised according to areas of need identified. Our assistant therapist work with students under the supervision and guidance of our Speech and Language Therapists and students’ progress is being monitored and reviewed on a regular basis by the whole team.
Therapists set SMART targets, monitor and track students’ progress and feedback to staff and parents. Reports are sent home once per year. SALT team is involved in reviewing students Education, Health and Care Plans and setting communication targets for Individual Education Plans when this is relevant.
Occupational Therapy (OT)
We have 1 part-time Occupational Therapist commissioned by the school from Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust who currently works with our students 1 day a week. We aim to extend this service to 2 days a week from September 2019.
Occupational Therapy is provided for students who are identified to have specific need for OT on their Education, Health and Care Plan. Referrals can also be made by members of staff after consultation with parents, should the need for occupational therapy arise.
Occupational therapist is involved in assessment, diagnosis and management of occupational therapy needs of students as well as in delivering any relevant training to staff.
Our OT works with students individually and in small groups depending on the areas identified by the assessments as well as the provision detailed in each pupil’s EHCP.
Occupational therapy work at Glebe focuses on:
- functional skills and group balance, coordination and sensory-motor skills
- handwriting speed, fluency and control
- individual goals
From September 2019 sensory circuits will also be set up by OT and run by trained members of staff on a daily basis.
Occupational therapist works in collaboration with members of staff as well as offers drop-in clinics to parents of students receiving OT.