Therapy Support

Therapy Support

Speech Therapy

OT

Physio

Music

The JCSRS therapy team consists of six therapists – two Speech and Language Therapists, two Occupational Therapists, one Physiotherapist and one part-time Music Therapist. Three Therapy Assistants support the therapists in their roles. Therapists work closely with teaching and support staff to ensure that students are empowered to achieve their full potential. Therapists provide individual, small group and whole-class therapy sessions and consultations to:

  • Improve specific and general skills of students (communication, eating and drinking, fine motor, gross motor, social, self-care, sensory processing and behaviour)
  • Model therapy strategies to teachers, EAs, parents and domestic helpers so they can continue implementing the strategies outside of sessions so they can best support students

Additionally, therapists work in a team with teachers and parents to create appropriate and realistic goals for students that will assist them as they progress through school and beyond. Goals are reviewed on a regular basis through a collaborative and open forum

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Communication is fundamental to learning and living. Our Speech and Language therapists work with students to improve their speech, language, social/interaction skills, fluency and eating and drinking management.

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Our department has a range of alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) options for children who require additional support to supplement and/or improve their communication abilities. We work closely with teachers and other members of the therapy team to ensure joint planning and goal-setting in a child-centered approach.

We work closely with teaching and other educational staff to provide guidance, training and team-teaching. We see students for therapy in whole-class, small group and individual therapy sessions to work on their communication goals.

The philosophy in our school is one of total communication whereby any and all communication is encouraged and respected. This involves promoting speech, vocalizations, sign language/Makaton, pictures, communication systems and facial expressions to communicate.

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School-Based Occupational Therapists are part of the education team and address the student’s strengths and needs within the natural school settings (e.g., classroom, lunchroom, playground) in order to support the educational program. Services may be directed to the student and on behalf of the student in the school environment (e.g., training educational staff). Therapists use meaningful activities (occupations) to promote physical and mental health and well-being.

Occupational therapy service supports academics, behavior, and functional performance. The occupational therapy practitioner collaborates with parents and school staff to create solutions, taking into account the child, the activity, and the setting. The goal is to promote participation through:

  • Addressing sensory, cognitive, motor needs; improving body awareness, balance, sensory processing and fine motor coordination
  • Adapting activities/equipment and environments; modifying classroom/school equipment, recommending bus or classroom seating, wheelchair assessment, splinting consultation
  • Increasing independence in daily living skills; addressing self-care such as eating/drinking, toileting and dressing activities
  • Increasing attention by recommending motor breaks and alerting activities
  • Recommending assistive technology to increase learning access and participation e.g. recommending computer software for literacy development and other functional writing activities
  • Supporting school mental health by promoting coping and calming skills for social participation
  • Supporting transition toward employment, community or mainstream integration, and further education (e.g., increasing student ability to perform the activities associated with an after school job or internship)
  • Promoting positive behavior that impacts learning (i.e. sharing, turn-taking, social skills trainingO2

The physiotherapy service at JCSRS is provided when a student needs support with the following areas:

Mobility/negotiating the school (walking patterns, stair management, wheelchair skills etc)
Transition skills (on/off school bus, keeping pace, sitting to standing)
Balance (stability in movement)
Co-ordination (throwing, catching, kicking)
Gross motor skills (jumping, hopping, PE lessons, sports)
Posture and positioning (maintaining supported posture in lessons, adaptive equipment such as wheelchairs and standing frames)

The physiotherapy department is well resourced to support students with physical disabilities including a variety of mobility aids, standing frames and suspension equipment for accessing a treadmill. The physiotherapy service also includes access to hydrotherapy in our specially heated pool.

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What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is the professional use of music and its elements as an intervention in medical, educational, and everyday environments with individuals, groups, families, or communities who seek to optimize their quality of life and improve their physical, social, communicative, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual health and wellbeing. Research, practice, education, and clinical training in music therapy is based on professional standards according to cultural, social, and political contexts. (WFMT, 2011).

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In special education, music therapy aims to help students meet their Individual Educational Plans (IEPs) and at the same time, a general improvement in the student’s quality of life.

How can students benefit from Music Therapy in JCSRS?

Music therapist holds sessions with individual students and classes to help students meet their educational goals by:

  • Increasing opportunities for cognitive and sensory stimulation
  • Providing outlet for emotional expression
  • Increasing awareness of the immediate environment and of other people
  • Enhancing self-confidence through active music making
  • Improving social skills and communication

There is a wide range of musical instruments suitable for therapy sessions and lessons. In addition, technology devices like iPads and the OptiMusic are used to enhance students’ learning and facilitate their expression.M6 M4 M1 M3