Therapies and Personalised Pathways
At Quest Academy we have a number of specialists work with us as a part of our staff team and as consultants.
SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY
Pupils who have been identified through their EHCP’s as requiring of speech and language therapy will be on the caseload of our school Speech and Language Therapist (SALT). Therapy will be delivered on an individual basis, or in small groups. Sometimes this therapy will be delivered directly to the pupil, however more often the SALT will work to train staff who will support the pupil.
For more information please contact Amy Wilkins, Speech & Language Therapist: firstname.lastname@example.org
Educational Psychologists help children or young people who are experiencing problems that hinder their successful learning and participation in school and other activities. They offer a range of appropriate interventions, such as learning programmes and collaborative work with teachers or parents.
The purpose of Occupational Therapy is to help pupils achieve their full potential in their childhood occupations. Such occupations include engaging in school activities, playing, having fun and developing their independence with self-care skills. An OT uses a variety of fun and stimulating activities to develop these skills, either directly with the pupil or by assessing and prescribing interventions that will be undertaken by other staff. The OT works closely with education and other health professionals.
At Quest Academy we are introducing The Alert Program® for Self-Regulation across the school. Our previous Occupational Therapist, Harry, has made this short video explaining how it works and what you can do to help at home.
Clinical psychologists are interested in difficulties that children present that appear to be related to their life in general rather than specifically at school. So if a problem existed outside of school, or there was a strong feeling that the difficulties they were having were related to more global issues, then that would be where a clinical psychologist could help.
Autism consultants assist students who have autism, their families and educators to determine how to best serve the students. They're often employed with school systems, where their duties include observing students and documenting their findings, coordinating with a student's PDP (Personal Development Plan) team to establish desired goals and outcomes for both academics and behaviour, and developing a plan to support those goals and outcomes. In addition to observing students in a classroom environment, autism consultants might work with them in smaller settings to administer standardised tests or conduct other specialised screenings. Additionally, they might refer students and their families to community agencies to fulfil needs that can't be met by the school.