The Wellbeing Team

 

The Wellbeing team provides input universally at Kestrel House through ‘whole school’ and ‘whole class’ approaches. Therapeutic approaches are embedded into the fabric of the school day to enrich and develop skills as part of naturally occurring routines and activities. 

Further indirect or direct support from the well-being team can be provided on a needs basis and/or to meet EHCP requirements.  This may be at a specialist level (e.g. 1:1 therapy blocks or specialised equipment issue) or a targeted level (e.g. small group therapy, programmes of support handed over to staff).  

Universal training opportunities are offered throughout the year to both parents and staff. This may include training topics such as Therapeutic use of self, Adult Child Interaction, Sensory Processing Challenges, Autism Awareness training. Additional targeted therapy training is also offered as required. This is dependent on the needs and goals of the learner (e.g. SCERTS, Attention Autism,  TACPAC, Zones of Regulation, Adult and Child interaction, PECS).

Lucy Allen
Occupational Therapist
I will be supporting issues that a learner might be experiencing relating to their ‘occupations’ within both the school and home environments. Usual occupations for children include eating, toileting, dressing, brushing teeth, sleeping, going to school and engaging fully in learning and play. One area that I can support a lot for those with autism is ensuring that sensory needs are recognised and accommodated for within the physical and social environments to support occupational participation. This can be very important within a classroom environment to support the learners in reaching and maintaining the ‘just right’ level of arousal for curriculum access.
Olivia Clarke
Speech and Language Therapist
As the Speech and Language Therapist I will be working with the staff, pupils and their families to provide, assessment, therapy, training, modelling and support to allow the learners to develop independence in communicating in an effective way at both home and school. I support the staff team with infusing motivating communicative opportunities for the learners across the school day so that the learners are able to practice their communication skills multiple times a day. I also ensure that parents understand how to create these opportunities at home to increase the learner’s ability to communicate at home.

Joe Jezard
Music Therapist
At Kestrel House School we aim to use music to support communication and playful engagement at every opportunity. Our provision includes school wide programs of transition songs aimed at supporting all learners as they move from one part of the day to the next, to one-on-one therapy sessions focusing on individual learners with more personal aims. With the majority of sessions occurring in classrooms we aim to create opportunities for all learners to experience social interaction via activity songs and improvised music making. All members of staff attend musicality workshops in order to collectively encourage the learners to be as musical as possible.

Dilan Has
Therapy Assistant
I will be primarily working alongside the Occupational Therapist and Speech and Language Therapist to support our learners with their well-being. I assist the clinical team with creating and delivering therapeutic programmes that are embedded into our learners’ daily routines and help to support their sensory needs, develop independence, and communication skills. We work closely with the staff, learners and their parents to ensure that each child is supported in a way that is tailored to their needs.