Who We Are and What We Do

Seamless

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Our seamless therapeutic approach means that therapists and teachers 'work as one' to support pupils' social, emotional, behavioural and educational development. We hold therapy and a therapeutic approach at the heart of everything we do, understanding that if pupils feel emotionally and mentally well, they are able to play and learn effectively.

We are proud to provide a range of therapies and therapeutic support...

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    Psychotherapy

    Psychotherapy

    Psychotherapy helps pupils to make sense of their experiences, feel less distressed, more self-aware, and develop resilience. Our psychotherapists offer a range of talking and creative therapies, including art, music, play  and drama.

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    Speech & Language Therapy

    Speech & Language Therapy

    Speech and language therapy (known as 'SaLT') helps pupils improve their communication and language skills. Our speech and language therapists assess pupils to understand whether there are additional needs that can be better supported in school. If additional needs are identified, a pupil may then be offered one-to-one and/or group therapy and/or indirect support in the classroom.

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    Occupational Therapy

    Occupational Therapy

    Occupational therapy (known as 'OT') helps pupils with various needs, including with pupils' movement and attention. OT can can help to build pupils' confidence, self-esteem and therefore improve their access to learning. Our occupational therapists create plans to support the development of key skills needed for pupils to learn and complete everyday tasks. They work with pupils both in the classroom and in specialist therapy spaces.

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    Canine Therapy

    Canine Therapy

    We provide canine therapy across all of our schools. Some of our dogs are volunteers and some belong to staff members. The dogs help to support pupils' emotional regulation and wellbeing. There are many therapeutic benefits of having dogs at school!

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    Educational Psychology

    Educational Psychology

    Educational psychology is the study of how we learn. Our educational psychologists' assessments of pupils help them to better access the learning environment. Our EPs work alongside therapists and teachers in order to assess our pupils' needs and to develop strategies to help. They also meet with families to discuss what they see at home and to offer additional support.

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    Family Support

    Family Support

    At every Octavia House School, our lead therapists provide therapeutic support to families, tailored to meet the needs of the individual family - whether flexible and ad-hoc or weekly, online or face-to-face, individually or with their child. We work in an integrated way, using a variety of therapeutic tools that support families for meaningful and transformative change.

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Our seamless therapeutic approach underpins the OHS curriculum, which develops pupils’ willingness to learn, emotional wellbeing, social and life skills, behaviour for learning, and academic achievement. Our qualified teachers carefully design learning activities that engage pupils’ interests and meet their needs. Assemblies and extra-curricular clubs are provided at the end of every school day, and regular educational trips enhance the curriculum further.