Independent Speech and Language Therapy
In addition to services provided by the NHS, The Russett School commissions an independent Speech and Language Therapist to support the speech, language and communication needs of all our pupils. Our therapist works with identified pupils on a 1:1 basis as well as in small groups. She also regularly provides whole staff training and resources to ensure best practice across the academy, which benefits all pupils.
Independent Occupational Therapy
Our independent Occupational Therapist has been commissioned to work collaboratively with our teaching staff, other professionals and families to help our pupils develop functional skills for everyday life in areas such as self-care and life skills.
Our therapist is currently supporting identified pupils with:
- Fine and gross motor and co-ordination skills
- Sensory based strategies to support sensory integration
- Self-help and independence
- Specialist equipment needs, such as adapted cutlery, pens and writing slopes.
Occupational Therapy can be provided in individual or group sessions as well as integrated into the classroom with programmes delivered by the class team.
At The Russett School we believe, the approach to the management and support of behaviour is key in supporting pupils to achieve the best possible outcomes and should therefore be viewed as an issue of the highest importance. We follow The Institute of Applied Behaviour Analysis (IABA) model to behaviour support which is a form of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS). PBS is widely acknowledged to be the most effective way to support people whose behaviour challenges those around them and is a blend of person-centred values and behavioural science which uses evidence to inform decision-making. PBS approaches are based on a set of overarching values which include the commitment to providing support that promotes inclusion, choice, participation and equality of opportunity.
The role of our Behaviour Team is to ensure that our approach to behaviour is adhered to and implemented successfully across the academy. Our team support colleagues by carrying out observations and recommending support strategies for individual pupils as well as carrying out regular training for all staff.