School Based Therapy in the Penrith Area
We love working in schools!
Working in schools allows us to see how the child functions in the school environment. It also allows us to work hand in hand with the child’s teacher in order to work out best how the child’s challenges are affecting their academic progress at school.
We love collaborating with teachers as they spend a lot of time with the child and have a deep knowledge of the child’s abilities. Seeing children for therapy at school enables us to have regular access to their teacher and to share information on a regular basis about the child’s progress.
We also are able to provide different techniques and strategies to the teacher, that they can use to modify their interactions when teaching the child, thus making the learning process easier and far less stressful.
Benefits of school based Speech Therapy:
- Language is the backbone of learning, and these days the link between language and learning is becoming increasingly evident.
- A child needs proficient speech and language skills in order to do well at school. Most areas of the curriculum are underpinned by either speech or language. Reading, writing, listening, and speaking are all forms of language.
- Children with speech and language delays may have difficulty with learning to listen, speak, read, and/or write.
- They may encounter difficulty learning to read, following instructions, making up sentences, writing sentences, solving problems in maths and finding interesting words to use when they get up to tell news. They may misunderstand social cues, become aware of their difficulties and avoid attending school.
Benefits of school based Occupational Therapy:
- A child needs to develop fundamental skills to engage in their primary occupations which are learning and playing.
- School- based activities involve fine motor development (e.g. pencil grasp, pre- writing shapes, scissor skills and handwriting) which allow a child to succeed in their academic occupations.
- Occupational Therapists also target underlying skills such as visual motor integration, hand strength, bilateral coordination, attention/ concentration, sensory processing and engaging in play with peers.
- By providing children with this type of support, they can be the best versions of themselves in both the classroom and playground.