Pupils at Clay Hill School benefit from direct and regular access to a wide range of support provided the Priory Lyndhurst therapy team. Our specialist therapeutic team enables us to provide a holistic package of education, care and therapeutic intervention for our young people. The school can facilitate assessments for young people to identify and meet a wide range of therapeutic needs.
An exceptional therapy team
The eight-strong Priory Lyndhurst therapy team works on-site across both Clay Hill School and its neighbouring sister school, Coxlease. Our young people have weekly 1:1 sessions as standard, with further therapeutic support available if outlined in their statement. Our clinical service team comprises a:
- Independent Child and Adolescent Psychodynamic Psychotherapist
- Independent Consultant Psychiatrist
- Independent Educational Psychologist
- Art Therapist
- Occupational Therapist
- Speech and Language Therapist
- Family Therapist
- Young Person Counsellor
Group therapy programmes
Our group therapy attempts to give the young people in our care, a safe and comfortable place where they can work out problems and emotional issues. They gain insight into their own thoughts and behaviour, and offer suggestions and support to others. In addition, young people who have a difficult time with interpersonal relationships can benefit from the social interactions that are a basic part of the group therapy experience.
The group is run by our Art Therapist and Occupational Therapist. The group uses a combination of Art, Occupational and Cognitive behaviour therapy strategies, alongside mindfulness techniques.
Specialist therapeutic facilities
Priory Lyndhurst has a dedicated therapy department, which pupils at Clay Hill School can access. Our fantastic facilities include:
- Occupational Therapy room
- 1:1 therapy rooms
- Family room
- Sensory area
- Ultraviolet Art Therapy Black Room
Our well-equipped therapy provision includes a range of sensory music, smells, textures and lighting.
Using therapy to help young people manage their conditions
Clay Hill School is known for the innovative way in which we combine therapeutic integration with education. The range of therapy we offer allows our pupils to express themselves without consequences and build a level of trust with their therapist. In turn, this allows the young person to begin to understand the reasons for their behaviour, their trigger points and how to deal with issues when they arise.
Whilst we believe in taking a therapy-based approach to our pupils’ development, we still deliver on academic results too. We believe that, unless a pupil is in the right head space to learn, they are unlikely to make progress in the classroom. At Clay Hill School, our focus is on using therapies to work on an individual’s communication and social interaction skills. We find that this approach supports young people to thrive academically.
We also recognise how young people with ASC and associated co-morbid conditions, find traditional therapeutic methods sometimes challenging to engage with. Our Therapy Lead is in place to overcome these barriers by using innovative approaches in line with the most current research from Autism Societies globally.
Consequently, they use effective and non-intrusive ways to engage our young people in therapies that will support them in managing their reactions and behaviours to the various negative sensory inputs they can experience within their day-to-day lives.