Therapies for children in special schools
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The Special Schools Therapy team provides assessment and intervention for children in special schools in Wandsworth. These are:
- Linden Lodge School
- Paddock Primary & Secondary Schools
- Greenmead School
- Oak Lodge School (+ Hearing Impairment Outreach Service)
- Nightingale & Esley School
These schools cater for children who have a range of difficulties, which include:
- Visual Impairment/Blindness
- Significant Physical Impairments
- Communication Impairments
- Learning Difficulties
- Social Interaction Difficulties
- Feeding and Self Care Difficulties
Each school has input from Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy according to the needs of the children who attend that school. The trust employs qualified SLT, OT and PT staff as well as some unqualified assistant staff. In addition, there are in some schools assistants who are employed and/or funded by the school.
What we offer
We provide intervention for children as part of the team within the school. Children’s needs are reviewed regularly and at least at their annual review. Intervention focuses on supporting each child in their class and school, in order to maximise the learning potential and to maximise on the effectiveness of therapy input.
Therapists and teaching staff work closely together with children and their families to set goals, provide intervention and support and to review progress. Therapy goals are jointly set and incorporated into classroom activities.
Robert Young, Clinical Team Leader, Special Schools Therapies
Queen Mary's Hospital
020 8487 6352
020 8487 6356
- Robert Young (SLT)
- Helen Miles (PT)
- Emma Penfold (OT)
Clinical Team Leader
- Robert Young
Therapies Coordinator, Linden Lodge School
- Julie Marchant
In general, children are allocated places at schools following statutory assessment of their educational needs. Many children will already be known to therapy services within the borough and to other health and education professionals.
There is also a high proportion of children who come from other boroughs, mainly neighbouring London boroughs but also some from further away.
There has been recent expansion and also planned future expansion of places at Greenmead and Linden Lodge school, with children as young as 2 years of age attending or planned to attend these schools.