Supporting professionals

A range of different professionals work within our school to ensure we have a multi professional approach to the education of our children and young people. They help us ensure we provide individualised and whole school approaches to support our children and young people to achieve well. We have speech and language therapy, occupational therapy art therapy, music therapy and educational psychology commissioned by our trust. This is in addition to working cooperatively and closely with colleagues from local health and social care services.

For more information, please see our Working Together Policy

Lisa, Occupational Therapist

Dorothy Goodman currently commission input from Thrive Occupational Therapy and Lisa Heywood is one of the Occupational Therapists for the 2021/22 academic year. Lisa is in school for one day a week. She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as well as the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

Lisa has extensive experience of working with children and young people with neurodevelopmental conditions as well as mental health needs on an individual basis as well as in groups. As an Occupational Therapist, Lisa draws upon the children’s strengths to work on the areas of need that are impacting on their daily living. Examples of intervention may be sensory based, emotional regulation or more functional such as improving coordination difficulties.

Jodie, Occupational Therapist

Jodie has worked with many children and young people with; autism, ADHD, sensory difficulties and complex medical needs. This has required patience and good communication skills which are vital to help develop positive relationships, with both the individual and their families. Taking the time to get to know and understand each individual is essential to providing a bespoke and relevant package for all areas of development. With this knowledge, Jodie is able to ensure that the children and young people are supported, engaged, regulated and motivated.

Jodie is committed to supporting and advocating their independence and emotional regulation needs both at school and at home. As an example, Jodie has implemented a whole school sensory circuit for children and young people to access, allowing them to regulate and be ready for learning.

Jodie also has experience with postural support/management in regard to specialist seating and equipment, and how it can be used to increase engagement, communication and interaction with lessons.

Ellie, Speech & Language Therapist

Ellie is a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist from Speakeasy Therapy. She is registered with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). 

Ellie has experience working in a range of specialist schools for children and young people with autism spectrum disorders,  communication and interaction needs and emotional, social and behavioural difficulties. Ellie is extremely passionate about building positive  relationships with students and families and providing needs led, evidence-based and fun therapy for all young people.