To support the educational programs, the school provides a range of specialist services including speech pathology, occupational therapy and psychology. Through a referral process, therapy provision is provided within the school setting, with a focus on working closely with teaching teams. Teachers and therapists work as a multi-disciplinary team to ensure that students have access to consistent and effective programs.
Occupational Therapy (OT)
The occupational therapists provide a consultancy service to teaching teams with a focus on assisting students to achieve their potential for functional independence and gain maximum benefit from their educational program. They focus on providing assistance and recommendations to teachers for the development of functional skills and their pre requisite abilities as well as modification of environmental demands. Classroom teaching teams are supported to deliver programs which assess, teach and generalize these skills and thereby help students engage in their day to day occupations such as looking after themselves (self-care), participating in school based activities (productivity) and enjoying their leisure time (play) .
The Speech pathologists provide a consultancy service to teaching teams with a focus on supporting teachers to plan and implement effective and successful communication programs for students. The speech pathology consultancy service provides assistance and recommendations to teachers in assessing the communication skills of students, developing individual goals and implementing effective communication teaching strategies. Speech pathologists will also lead a process to prescribe or re-evaluate the Augmentative and Alternative Communication systems used by students, for example the Picture Exchange Communication System or speech generating devices.
Psychologists support students to achieve academic success, psychological health and social and emotional wellbeing. Psychologists work in a supportive manner with school staff, departmental staff, parents/guardians and external stakeholders, with the primary purpose of achieving the best outcome for students. The activities that a school psychologist engages in include assessment, consultation and advice, implementation of prevention and intervention programs, support for classroom program delivery, behaviour management support, counselling and professional development.