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Therapies

Hydrotherapy

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:

  • Signing
  • Pointing to pictures.
  • Symbols, photographs or objects of reference.
  • Facial expression, eye pointing, gestures and body movement.
  • Switches and Voice Operated Communication Aids (VOCAs)
  • Sensory cues i.e. music and aromas

What Approaches Do We Use?
Our approaches include:

  • Social Communication Skills Groups
  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
  • Intensive Interaction
  • Makaton Signing
  • Body Signing
  • Communication books and Talking Mats
  • Social Stories
  • Low and High Tech communication systems.

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.

 

Physiotherapy

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.

 

Music Therapy

Warwickshire County Music Service provide Music Therapy in school.
We have 2 therapists come into school to work with pupils with ASD and PMLD. They come in 3 days a week.

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:

  • Increasing communication, interaction and self expression
  • Developing an awareness of self and others
  • Providing emotional support
  • Developing listening skills, sharing and taking turns
  • Developing co-ordination and motor control
  • Increasing self confidence
  • Building trust and meaningful relationships

 

Rebound Therapy

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.

 

Sherbourne Movement

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.

 

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