Therapy is at the centre of our approach to learning. We understand that our students will be better able to meet their learning outcomes once they feel safe, secure and engaging in therapy is one way in which this can be achieved. Kingsbrook School has a multidisciplinary team of consultants who provide a range of therapeutic services to our young people. The team comprises of:
- A music therapist
- A speech and language therapist (SALT)
- An occupational therapist (OT)
- An art therapist
- A counselling psychologist
We believe our therapists are integral to the school working closely alongside our teaching staff to implement support strategies that help our pupils achieve their full potential and get them in the right place so that they are ready to learn. Therapists will work with each student in 1:1 sessions but will also work with groups on specific targets.
Strategies for working with students on developmental issues are shared by the therapists with the staff team, who then use these strategies when working with the students. School staff feedback to therapists on student progress each week and strategies are assessed and modified based on this feedback.
All school staff have been trained on delivering Animal Assisted Activities with students based upon the model of Animal Assisted Therapeutic Interventions.
Students are offered the opportunity to cook each day and for students and staff to share mealtimes together. We are guided by the six principles of nurture which are:
- Children's learning is understood developmentally
- The classroom offers a safe base
- The importance of nurture for the development of wellbeing
- Language is a vital means of communication
- All behaviour is communication
- The importance of transition in children's lives