Therapeutic Intervention Room
Our Therapeutic Intervention room accommodates children that are finding it difficult to control their emotions in class. The intervention sessions have helped children manage stress and anxiety while improving their concentration, focus and listening skills. Therapeutic interventions improve the children's creativity and imagination whilst building up their confidence and self-esteem.
The environment is relaxed, a method which helps release endorphins helping the children feel happy and positive. We help the children relax their muscles and calm the nervous system. Our techniques calm the children's minds and sharpens concentration and memory retention which helps them focus. Our method of relaxation stimulates the imagination and so encourages self-expression and self-confidence.
LEGO based therapy is a social development programme which helps children and young people with social communication difficulties. The programme is based on the highly structured, systematic and predictable nature of LEGO play which makes it appealing to children with social communication difficulties who are particularly attracted to systems.
Much more than simply playing with LEGO bricks, LEGO therapy includes the presence of a therapist who guides the children and encourages them to address and resolve their problems. Through LEGO therapy, children can learn to communicate with others, express their feelings, change their behaviour, develop problem-solving skills and develop a relationship with the world around them.
This multi-faceted intervention is provided on a one to one basis by Lynda Muspratt who is a trained counsellor and is trained to deliver speech and language programmes under the SALT umbrella. These sessions are aimed at optimising confidence and communicative abilities; dove-tailing a structured and a therapeutic approach.
Play therapy is a form of counseling or psychotherapy that uses play to communicate with and help people, especially children, to prevent or resolve psychosocial challenges. This helps towards better social integration, growth and development, emotional modulation, and trauma resolution. Children engage in play in order to work through their anxieties.
Many of our children receive mentoring from one of our trained counsellors or Youth Workers. Mentoring is to support and encourage children to manage their own learning in order that they may maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be.
In School we have several trained counsellors. Counselling is a type of talking therapy that allows a person to talk about their problems and feelings in a confidential and dependable environment.
Our counsellors are trained to listen with empathy. They can help our children deal with any negative thoughts and feelings they have.
Outdoor Therapeutic Learning
Outdoor therapy is an adventure-based therapy treatment modality for behaviour modification and interpersonal self-improvement, combining experiential education, individual and group therapy in an adventurous outdoor setting. We currently use Chorlton Water Park for these sessions, led by two of our trained members of staff.
All of our children access mindfulness sessions delivered by a fully trained member of our team. We believe the practice of mindfulness holds the potential to have a deeply transformative impact on the lives of young people and ultimately lead to a more healthy, happy and compassionate children. Decades of research show that mindfulness is one of the most effective methods for enhancing wellbeing. Our aspiration is to make mindfulness accessible, relevant and deeply beneficial to as many of our children as possible.
ANDREW TAYLOR - HEADTEACHER