Therapies

At The Loddon School®  we embrace fully an inter-disciplinary approach, delivered completely as a waking day curriculum throughout the 52 weeks of the year via the PLLUSS curriculum; supported by a full team of professionals including teachers, medical staff and the therapeutic team.

A team of on-site therapists support our students, a Speech and Language Therapist, an Occupational Therapist, a Music Therapist, an Aroma Therapist, and an osteopath. Specialist teachers also offer therapy through art, dance, music and drama.

Our Nurse and Health care assistant work alongside the therapy team bringing together a full plan of education, health and care required to support each individual’s needs. Our multi-disciplinary team supports staff and works closely with parents, families and other professionals to create this coordinated and consistent programme of education and care.

Occupational Therapy

The occupational therapist works to promote, maintain, and develop the skills needed by our students to be functional in their school setting and beyond. The occupational therapist uses a holistic approach in planning programmes. She takes into account the physical, social, emotional, sensory and cognitive abilities and needs of the students. Particular work aims to develop skills for handwriting, fine motor skills and daily living skills. However, the most essential role is also to assess and target the child’s sensory processing disorders. This is beneficial to remove barriers to learning and help the students become calmer and more focused.

Aroma Therapy

Our aroma therapist massages students’ hands and feet with various essential oils. Throughout school we use essential oils in aroma streams to help create relaxing atmospheres that contribute toward our community’s well-being.

Music Therapy

A qualified music therapist provides music therapy sessions to meet individual student needs and help development of skills such as communication, self-expression and the music therapist sees students either on a one-to-one or group basis.

Osteopathy

The Osteopath detects ways of treating and preventing health problems by moving, stretching and massaging the student’s muscles and joints; based on the principle that the wellbeing of an individual depends on their bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue functioning smoothly together.

The Holistic Approach

In order to draw together all aspects of therapy our weekly programme for all students includes the full range of performing arts (Drama, dance and music), relaxation through massage, yoga and Tacpac (sensory massage), outdoor environmental learning through animal care, horse riding, pony carting, and the natural trail, swimming and sensory baths, and a full range of physical activities. Visiting the school to further enhance these aspects of the curriculum are theatre groups, musical workshops and cultural dancers.

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