Creative Arts Therapy
Speech and Language Therapy (SaLT)
A speech and language therapist will offer support and skills that all staff can use throughout their practice, during learning activities and in specific planned sessions. They may also work in a non-confidential 1:1 space, as well as supporting in the classroom.
A range of interventions that target difficulties in the following areas:
- Attention and listening
- Receptive language (the ability to understand spoken English)
- Expressive language (using words, pictures, signs and objects to express thoughts)
- Social communication
- Understanding language
- Speech skills
- Emotional literacy
Occupational Therapy (OT)
Occupational Therapy identifies and builds the skills needed for children to engage in lessons, such as concentration, motivation and social skills.
This form of therapy can also help to develop sensory and motor skills (fine motor skills: to be able to use pencils and scissors, for example. Gross motor skills: to throw, catch and kick, for example), which facilitates learning. Children become more confident in handwriting, taking movement breaks to aid concentration and using ear defenders to focus attention through working with an occupational therapist.
An occupational therapist may work in a non-confidential 1:1 space or in a class based setting. They also offer tools for support workers and teachers to embed into the curriculum and to use skills at break times, including running sensory circuits.
Creative Arts Therapy
Creative arts therapy is a group of psychotherapeutic interventions that use a creative expressive approach to support mental health with the aim of psychological, emotional and social change. We offer:
- Play Therapy
- Drama Therapy
- Art Therapy
- Dance Movement Therapy
A creative arts therapist will aim to create a safe and contained environment, in which the therapy session can be child led. It is important that the child is able to feel trust in the space and in the therapeutic relationship so that they can be fully able to express themselves creatively.
It is important that a psychodynamic therapist working in this way keeps the therapy space confidential; this encourages a trusting and open therapeutic relationship.
All creative arts therapists are also able to offer counselling. Counselling is a form of talking therapy that uses the therapeutic relationship to support the psychological, emotional and social development of individuals. Counselling aims to create a safe and non-judgemental space that allows children to explore their thoughts and feelings in a safe and contained way. Counselling requires a confidential space in order for the therapeutic approach to be effective for the child.