Within Bedelsford we have a team of qualified OT’s and OT assistants who work with students both in the classroom and individually in the Therapy Gym. School employed therapists see students who come from out of borough, and Achieving for Children therapists see students living within Kingston.
Students are assessed following admission to school through observation, discussion with parents and class teams and individual assessment. Following assessment student’s intervention is planned based on clinical need. Many students are provided with an OT programme, tailored to their particular areas of need, and aims to have OT strategies embedded throughout the school day. Classroom staff are trained on any specific aspects of an OT programme and any required equipment is provided. Some students may also be assessed as benefiting from individual or group sessions to focus on a particular skill area.
OT intervention should be identified on a student’s EHCP, which is reviewed annually through the school EHCP review process. Where possible OT’s attend review meetings and will provide written reports yearly.
The OT’s in school work jointly with other professionals, both in and outside of school, to focus on areas such as alternative and augmentative communication, classroom seating, postural management, eating and drinking or hand splinting.