SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY
Speech and Language Therapists (SALTs) work with children to enable them to communicate to the best of their ability. This sometimes involves using special equipment like communication aids or voice output communication aids. They also work with children who have eating or swallowing difficulties to help them to be safe whilst eating and drinking.
Physiotherapists who work with children and young people are specialists in movement and work to help children achieve physical development and functional independence. The aim is not just to help children and young people move, but also to help them to make the best of their ability as, through movement, they learn about themselves and their environment.
All students physiotherapy needs are reviewed regularly and those that require a block of therapy may receive this either individually or as a group. Treatment may include exercise programmes, postural management, hydrotherapy, review and provision of certain equipment as well as more intensive input before and following orthopaedic surgery. Sessions may take place at school, home or respite facilities. Sessions at school may be run by the class team following guidance from a physiotherapist.
There is close liaison with other community therapists who work with children who do not live in Islington, as well as specialist clinics like orthotics. Your child’s nominated therapist may attend hospital appointments with you, if given adequate notice.
Occupational Therapists (OTs) help children participate in meaningful everyday activities. A child’s ‘occupation’ includes things like playing with toys, helping to dress, eat,write, use the toilet or work on a computer. OTs assess a child’s underlying skills (e.g. like co-ordination, how they use their senses like touch, vision and hand skills), how they participate in everyday activities, and what support they may need from others.
OTs work closely with local wheelchair services when buggies or wheelchairs are required. They carry out home visits to work with families more closely and will work closely with local therapists if they are involved.
The school medical team monitors and responds to every child’s health needs. They carry out health promotion and immunisations, support medical needs. They also carry out annual health reviews.
We have two Health Care Assistants carrying out the daily nursing care required at school. In addition we are supported by a registered children’s Nurse, and a school doctor who visits for one day a week.
THE ISLINGTON SPECIALIST CHILDREN'S SERVICE
The ISCS (Islington Specialist Children's Service) is a team of health and social care services that consist of Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Dieticians, Nursing and Health Care Assistants, Therapy Assistants, Psychologists, Paediatricians and Social Workers.
We work closely with families, children and young people, teachers and school staff and other professionals to support each child and their specific needs.
Therapy includes training and advice, contributing to supporting skills and management at home, providing guidelines and programmes (e.g. stretching, communication profiles). Within schools, it includes training and supporting staff, contributing to schemes of work and curriculum.
For more information about us, see the sections about individual disciplines.
NORDOFF ROBBINS MUSIC THERAPY
Both our primary and secondary pupils benefit from music therapy provided by Nordoff Robbins. We are lucky to have one of their therapists visit us for one day each week, and some of our younger pupils visit the Nordoff Robbins centre.
The dentist visits the school 2-3 times a year to look briefly at your child's teeth to see if they need dental treatment. No actual treatment is carried out at these visits. However, if your child needs dental treatment the Dentist will organise this with you, either through your family Dentist or the nearest community clinic.
Social workers form relationships with children, young people and their families who are facing challenges. By supporting them and working with them, the social worker finds and develops long lasting solutions. Not only do they work with children and young people, but also with their families and friends, together with other professionals like teachers, doctors, nurses, police and lawyers to make sure the very best options are available to help the child or young person.
The Social Workers based at school work only with children with complex disabilities who live in Islington. However, they will liaise with colleagues in other boroughs where appropriate. There continues to be a duty social worker from the Disabled Children's Team at 222 Upper Street who can provide immediate assistance with any safeguarding concerns.
The Social Workers have been co-located with the rest of the South Locality Islington Specialist Children Service team at Richard Cloudesley School since April 2010. The team is comprised of two full time social workers.
COUNSELLING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
We provide a counsellor from RESPOND who comes to the school for one day a week to provide talking and play therapy to students who need it. Let us know if you think this might be useful for your child. http://respond.org.uk
We have a school educational psychologist who comes into school to advise school staff on specific issues. She can also talk to you about parenting support in the home.