Well-being

‘Special yoga is only one example of the wonderful blend of learning and wellbeing offered at The Children’s Trust School’

- Parent of a child at our School

Aquatic therapy and swimmingSchool

Our on-site aquatic therapy centre offers the opportunity for children and young people to work on physical skills, recover from surgery and receive specialist respiratory or tracheostomy support whilst in the water.
 
With a built in sound system, sensory lights, waterproof switches and specialist equipment to support a range of needs, the pool gives all children an individualised experience.
 
Sessions are planned according to goals, recognising the unique sensory environment, communication opportunities and movement experiences in the water. Swimming sessions are offered at least once per week supported by inclusive swim instructors or a physiotherapist.
 
 

Assistive TechnologySchool

Assistive technology is just one of many tools that a young person might use

  • to explore or engage in a sensory experience,
  • to redirect or regulate their attention or mood, or
  • to join or participate in leisure, educational, or therapeutic activities with their peers, family or staff.

The Children’s Trust has a small dedicated team of Assistive Technology Practitioners that support the larger therapy, education, and care teams so that they can in turn support young people’s use of assistive technology at home, in school, and in the wider community. 

Assistive technology is used directly by people with disabilities to help them communicate, control devices / objects in their environment and access powered mobility because the typical way is inaccessible.

 

Rebound therapy

Rebound Therapy uses a trampoline to provide opportunities for enhanced movement patterns, therapeutic positioning, communication, exercise and leisure experiences. We have recently purchased a new trampoline at The Children's Trust School and we have a range of therapy and school staff trained in the delivery of rebound therapy. Many of our students enjoy the different movement, sensory and vibration sensations when on the trampoline. Being on the trampoline can provide a new sense of freedom to move, relax and communicate with others. 

Rebound therapy

Kenny was supported by his physiotherapist to work on his balance, postural control, whilst experiencing different sensory sensations and opportunities for communication.  As soon as Kenny experienced movement on the trampoline he made sustained eye contact with his therapist, smiled and vocalised during bouncing, clapping his hands and moving his legs. 

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Teams ensure detailed health care planning and work collaboratively with external doctors, consultants and professionals where required. Trained and competent to support a range of health conditions, ours teams are able to demonstrate the ability to respond and prevent escalation.

The therapy team work with school, nurses, residential nursing and carers and the on-site respiratory team to optimise children’s health.

Weekly on-site clinics underpin specialist upper limb splints and orthotic provision. On-site dysphagia trained speech and language therapists support children with eating and drinking, advising on food modification, textures and the lunch time environment.

Occupational therapists ensure that specialist equipment is in place to support safety and independence during personal care routines, such as specialist bath, toilet aids, slings, hoists and seating.

A 24-hour approach to postural care is adopted, ensuring that young people have access to different positions and comfort during the day and night. Sleep systems, standing frames, walkers and comfy chairs are assessed for and monitored in school and within the residential homes.

Mental health

SchoolWe seek and offer activities that ensure and promote inclusivity and a good quality of social inclusion at a meaningful level to the child involved.

We have staff trained in:

  • mental health awareness, including independent advocacy support
  • inclusive sports and physical activities
  • special yoga
  • psychology

A range of extracurricular, age respectful activities such as gardening, cooking, making music, arts and youth groups, enabling everyone to enjoy, achieve and be part of a community.

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Enrichment WeeksSchool

During school holidays we organise and run our ‘enrichment weeks’. Identified weeks offer a full programme of exciting events and activities planned for all day and residential children.

During these weeks the aim is to provide further rich experiences and opportunities to engage children in social, creative and leisure activities on site, in our local community and further afield and for children to develop their talents and interests.

Staff strive to ensure that they bring imagination and creativity to a range of quality experiences to further contribute to personal development and quality of life.

Staff from across education, health, therapy and care teams remain available during our enrichment programme and continue to support children to access these in ways to ensure that they are relevant and children remain safe.

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