Individual support programmes
Our expert team carefully and thoroughly assess each student, enabling us to develop individual support programmes based around their specific needs. We know that needs can change and each student at Priory Lodge School has their therapeutic support programme regularly reviewed by our staff team, with input from the young person and their family.
A broad range of therapeutic services
Priory Lodge School prides itself on the breath of therapy and support that our students benefit from. This includes:
A designated mentor for every student
1:1 therapy with qualified therapists
Social communication skills support to develop social interaction and conversational skills
A personalised sensory diet: exercises to address sensory processing issues and help students to pay attention and fully engage with learning and school life
Speech and language therapy strategies for use throughout the school day
The ‘Zones of Regulation’ programme to help young people develop the skills to regulate themselves and their emotions
Group sessions such as Lego therapy
Structured programmes including anxiety management, anger management and understanding autism
Individualised programmes focusing on areas including fine motor and gross motor skills, as well as tools and equipment such as visuals or fidget toys
We are a close-knit staff team and our therapy staff members work hand-in-hand with teachers to ensure that all staff share an understanding of our students’ therapeutic needs. The team provides guidance, advice, support and training so that education, pastoral and therapy services can work together effectively to support each young person. This cohesive, consistent and holistic approach makes a huge difference to students’ wellbeing, emotional and social development, and academic outcomes.
Dedicated therapy space
Priory Lodge School has three therapy rooms, an occupational therapy suite and a sensory room. In addition to these dedicated spaces, our therapy team work alongside our young people in the classroom to give them the support they need during the school day.
Supporting positive behaviour
We follow a positive behaviour support (PBS) approach which seeks to identify the meaning behind behaviours that may challenge. We approach negative behaviour positively with the intention of understanding its root cause. This may involve breaking down the challenges with the student themselves.