Some of the services most used in our schools are detailed below.
The Occupational Therapy
The Occupational Therapy service supports pupils to participate as fully as possible in everyday activities where emotional, psychological or physical difficulties might hinder their ability to grow, learn, socialise and play, helping pupils to get the most from life. Occupational Therapy helps pupils with various needs to help improve their cognitive, physical, sensory and motor skills and enhance their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.
We also welcome support from the Learning Disability nurses team who work to provide specialist healthcare and support to pupils with a learning disability, as well as their families and staff teams, to help them live a fulfilling life.
Physiotherapy is important for many of our pupils to maintain functional ability, and the programmes designed by the therapist are then delivered in school. Where possible, exercises and programmes are integrated into the daily activities of the school, but where needed, we have allocated physiotherapy rooms which are used for the more intensive programmes
Speech and Language
Speech and Language therapists provide support and care for children and adults who have difficulties with communication, eating, drinking and swallowing. The therapists create programmes of support which are then worked upon in school.
For more information about HCRG Care Group, and the services on offer please have a look at their website. Parents and Carers are able to refer to any of their services, and this is also something the site SENCO’s can help with.
Support from Wiltshire Council
There are a number of Teams within the Local Authority who provide excellent support and advice for pupils, their parents and carers and the school staff team.
These teams include:
We work closely with the team of Advisory Teachers from the SIPMS teams (Sensory Impairment, Physical and Medical Team (SIPMS) at Wiltshire County Council) who work with the school to ensure that we are incredibly well supported to provide the best care for our pupils. Sensory Impairment, Physical and Medical Service offer:
SIPMS encompasses three teams providing support for children with hearing impairment, visual impairment and physical or medical needs.
For Hearing Impairment and Visual Impairment queries they accept referrals from health where children meet the referral criteria. These are primarily pupils with significant long term or permanent diagnosed disability. The physical and medical team provides support where there is a significant need impacting on education, and referrals are made by health or via a DART. At the current time, in almost all instances, schools will know if one of their pupils has had or is currently receiving support from our service.
Transition support is particularly important. There are transition support packages for pupils which can be a valuable link at all phase transfers.
Here are a few members of the SIPMS team
Qualified Habilitation Specialist working within Wiltshire Vision Support Team.
I support and train Children and Young People with Vision Impairment in any aspect or activity of day to day life that may be tricky due to Vision Impairment, to help them to acquire new skills to enable maximum levels of independence. This work may take the form of working on Orientation and Mobility, transport training, Long cane work, Independent living skills such as cooking, dressing and personal care and training those who work with the Child/Young person in supporting these skills.
We are advisory teachers for vision Impairment and are part of the Sensory Impairment Physical and medical service (SIPMS) within SEND.
We offer support to all Silverwood sites which includes:
Advice on visual access to all areas of learning in school for teachers and staff working with pupils.
We observe and work with pupils in class to get a better understanding of their visual needs.
We test functional vision of pupils which may be done through observation or through more formal acuity tests (if appropriate).
Provide training on vision impairment on a range of eye conditions and useful strategies for in class support.
Advise on the use of assistive technology and iPads for learners. We have provided iPad training for pupils at Silverwood in the last year.
We write reports for EHC Plans, functional vision reports and annual review reports for pupils and help SEND workers with outcomes.
Link with a range of other professionals that will be working with your child.
The Wiltshire Educational Psychology Service is made up of a team of psychologists who have specialised in the application of psychology in educational settings.
All the professionals who work on this team have a qualification in educational psychology at Masters or Doctorate level. Through their training and experience in psychology and education, the educational psychologists work with school staff to improve pupil outcomes through joint problem solving, identification of suitable strategies and targeted interventions. They also help us to identify and clarify the needs and appropriate provision of pupils whose learning, behaviour, emotional well-being or welfare is of concern. The approach taken is always solution focused, and joint working with parents and carers is at the heart of their work.
We are able to alternative therapies too, and this is something we are looking at continuing to develop across Silverwood School.