Sensory and emotional regulation is the foundation for developing concentration, processing, communication skills, and adaptive functioning. Embedded therapeutic strategies used include structured, physical environments with visual support systems and individual workstations using TEACCH programme (North Carolina. TEACCH® Autism Program, founded by Dr. Eric Schopler in 1972,).
The Education team use therapy prescribed embedded strategies to support learning. These include integrating sensory diets prescribed by Sensory Integrated Specialist Occupational Therapists (OTs). OTs also provide adaptive strategies to support the developmental of functional activities and life skills. Staff are trained in Elklan ASD which includes learning about sensory needs, lego therapy, cartoon strips, word maps and mind maps. Speech & Language Therapy evidence-based approaches are used across the curriculum such as Colourful Semantics and Attention Autism.
Additionally, a Total Communication approach is adopted whereby all children and young adults are enabled by using effective clear verbal language, Makaton signing, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Assistive Technology.
The Sundial team works closely with families/carers and the wider community and regards all aspects of well-being. Therapists offer support with Dietary, Sleep, Sex education and Positive Behaviour Support. At Wargrave House, therapy informs teaching, and teaching informs therapy, so individual learning needs are met. Shared person-centred therapy targets ensure a cohesive, consistent practice in meeting learning needs outlined in Educational Health Care Plans. Any direct therapy in 1:1 sessions or group therapy is also provided according to need. Outcome measures are used to show the progress and benefits of the high level of therapy support.
The therapy team provides; Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Emotional Literacy Support, Music Therapy, Adapted Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Rebound Therapy and sessions with our Therapy Dog.