We are very lucky to have our own Hydrotherapy pool in school. Hydrotherapy is offered to pupils with significantly restricted movement, pupils with PMLD (Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities) and ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder). It allows pupils to move freely and have therapy in the water.
Hydrotherapy is aimed at pupils with limited mobility. They will benefit from a range of therapeutic methods that take advantage of the physical properties of water, such as temperature and pressure. Many pupils will complete their physiotherapy exercises in the hydrotherapy pool.
Speech and Language Therapy
Welcombe Hills School is committed to working in partnership with pupils, parents and other professionals to develop every individual’s communication skills, to respect each pupil’s preferred means of communication and to provide a communication friendly environment.
What is Total Communication?
Total communication is about communicating in any way you can;
It’s not just about talking, it’s about:
What Approaches Do We Use?
Our approaches include:
We strive to provide a communication friendly environment by using different approaches such as a pictorial Menu Board and lots of visual and auditory cues placed around the building.
We work together with Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) to further communication for pupils as appropriate.
The team at Welcombe Hills are members of the Community Physiotherapy Team for Warwickshire Primary Care Trust. We consist of 2 chartered Physiotherapists and a Technical Instructor. We have a Physiotherapy room in school where they are based.
When a child is referred, information is gathered about the child’s abilities from appropriate sources. An assessment of the child then takes place in school. The treatment and aims will be discussed with the child, the parents/guardian and class teachers.
Family members and school are often asked to participate actively in the treatment programme. The Physiotherapist will demonstrate the best way to handle the child, develop exercises which will help the child to develop and if necessary put together a home exercise programme.
If required the Physiotherapist can also recommend supportive footwear, walking aids, standing frames, trikes, sleep systems and wheelchairs.
There is a regular wheelchair clinic at the school where staff from Warwickshire Wheelchair Services review the children’s wheelchairs.
We have a qualified Play Therapist working in school once a week. Play Therapy is all about building a therapeutic relationship using ‘play and creative arts’ to help the pupil to communicate and process difficult feelings and emotions. The aim of play therapy being to decrease any behavioural and emotional difficulties that interfere significantly with a child's normal functioning, Less obvious goals include improved verbal expression, ability for self-observation, improved impulse control, more adaptive ways of coping with anxiety and frustration, and improved capacity to trust and to relate to others.
Warwickshire County Music Service provide Music Therapy in school.
We have a music therapist come into school to work with pupils with complex needs. She comes in once a week on a Friday.
Music Therapy is a therapeutic treatment with the use of music as the non-verbal intervention. It is based on improvised music in which the children can express themselves, become aware of their feelings and interact more easily.
The aims of Music Therapy include:
Rebound Therapy is a method of using a trampoline with pupils with a range of special needs to encourage movement, promote balance, muscle tone, relaxation and sensory integration. PMLD pupils benefit from the sense of freedom of movement the experience from not being in a wheelchair. Pupils with limited movement or Autism also enjoy these sessions.
Lego Therapy is a collaborative, play and social skill therapy. Each child within Lego Therapy has a role of engineer supplier or builder and together they follow pictorial instructions to build a model. The assignment of roles enables each child the chance to improve social interaction skills within a safe and structured environment. Sessions also include a freestyle build to encourage imagination and working as a team.
Lego Therapy provides;
1-1 Therapeutic Art Provision
Specialist 1:1 art sessions run once a week with selected students. These sessions allow the students to safely express any worries, anxieties, or feelings that they have and may have difficulty expressing to others. By drawing freely feelings can be released to help the student. Being angry or hurt is not always easy to describe in words, but a child can put these emotions into a drawing. There is no wrong or right about the images produced, and the students are given the choice at the end of each session whether they want to talk about their drawing.
Drumming Therapy Sessions
The drum therapy sessions at Welcombe Hills are designed to give pupils an opportunity to express themselves through playing the drums. The sessions encourage pupils to push the boundaries and explore. Drumming allows pupils to express emotions, feelings and boosts self-esteem and confidence. Professional Drum Educator, Marty Fullard brings to the drum set over 35 years of drumming teaching experience having coached and mentored 1000’s of drummers. Marty first became aware of the positive and therapeutic side of drumming in 1999 when he created the Inner City Music Program in Compton, California.
At Welcombe Hills, pupils with a wide range of differing needs benefit from this experience. Marty says “the main focus of what I do is that the ‘drummer’ leaves one of my sessions having had a positive and uplifting experience. Case in point, he/she feels encouraged, built up and ultimately proud of themselves. Drums are an awesome instrument that enables communication giving a voice to those who, perhaps at times, feel unheard.”
Sherbourne movement can be used with a range of pupils from PMLD to Autism. It is aimed at helping all pupils to understand what is happening to their body when they move and then to learn to interact with others and build positive relationships through movement.
Pupils have the opportunity to access individual sessions with a mentor from Lifespace if appropriate.