Sundial therapy overview

A multi professional team of specialist therapists, from Sundial Therapy, provides integrated therapy across the Wargrave House School & College
Free Webinar for Transport Escorts Supporting Young Autistic People

Helen Driver, Becky Switonski and Andrea Claire

By the end of this webinar, you should:

  • Have an awareness of the sensory and communication differences associated with Autistic Spectrum conditions
  • Be able to consider how a behaviour could be the result of a sensory or communication difficulty
  • Be able to consider how to meet these needs when travelling between home and school / college

Sundial therapy overview

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 work stations using TEACCH programme (North Carolina. TEACCH® Autism Program, founded by Dr. Eric Schopler in 1972,).

Teaching staff members are empowered in using therapy prescribed strategies to support learning including delivering 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 (including sensory needs, lego therapy, social stories, word maps and mind maps) and Speech & Language Therapy evidence based approaches including; 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 work closely with families/carers and the wider community and regard all aspects of wellbeing. The Learning Disability Nurse works with the multi professional team in offering support with Dietary, Sleep 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. 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, Physiotherapy, Emotional Literacy Support, Music Therapy, Behaviour Therapy, Rebound Therapy, a Therapy Assistant and our Therapy Dog.