Therapy plays a very important role in helping support our pupils.
At Riverside, through the NHSCT, we continue to provide services from:
- Occupational therapy
- Speech and language therapy
In-school therapy provisions include:
- Creative Arts for well being
Art Therapy is the spontaneous and playful use of different art materials in the presence of a trained art therapist. The art therapist encourages the use of artistic methods as a therapeutic tool. Drawing, painting and mark-making activities are perfect for children and young people who have trouble expressing themselves verbally. Children and young people can bring their feelings out visually, encouraging their creative and artistic development as well as their communication skills.
Art therapy has proved to be a useful method of therapy with children and young people with special needs ranging from sensory disorder to autism to physical disabilities. The benefits of art therapy are multi – faceted. The art therapist can co-ordinate ways of working which may stimulate, or relax the referred child/young person, and is qualified to identify which approach to use at the appropriate times, and with each unique young person. Children and young people can also exercise autonomy with the art materials in a safe space that has been carefully thought out by the therapist to suit each individual need.
No special artistic talent is necessary for a child or young person attending art therapy. It is a process- rather than product-oriented therapeutic intervention and is non-judgemental.
Music Therapy is a clinical evidence-based intervention using music, sounds and voice in interactive, imaginative and stimulative ways to create change and improvements in communication, social, cognitive and physical needs and to enhance a person's emotional and mental well-being. The intervention involves four steps: assessment, therapeutic goal setting, treatment and evaluation. Each music therapy intervention is tailored to meet a pupil's individual needs.
Riverside School is delighted to have two staff members trained in Rebound Therapy. Coupled with our own large trampoline, this allows us to run our own in-school Rebound Therapy programmes. Rebound Therapy is a form of physical therapy. It uses trampolines to provide therapeutic exercises to people with a wide variety of disabilities and additional needs. The therapy involves using the moving bed of the trampoline to promote movement in the participant.
Sensory Integration is a big part of our pupils' daily activities. Cash for Kids has allowed us to purchase more sensory resources to create circuits for whole-school use and individual circuits for the classrooms. We continue to train our staff in sensory integration strategies and approaches. We use Alerting, Organising, Calming activities to create a sensory circuit. We also do this in conjunction the guidance of Occupational Therapy.