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The therapy department consists of speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants. The therapy team is an integral part of life at St Catherine’s - working throughout the school, sixth form centre and within the context of the residential houses.

Speech and Language Therapy

Therapists work collaboratively with other staff groups within St Catherine’s to ensure that students can access learning and training opportunities to help them develop skills which will support them through adolescence and into adulthood.

The high staff-to-student ratio ensures that therapy is a positive experience and is flexible to meet the needs of each individual. It means that skills developed during therapy are generalised across all aspects of St Catherine’s activities and everyday living. The location of the school in the town of Ventnor supplements these developments and supports the application of skills into the wider community.

Therapists provide in-depth assessment, individual therapy programmes, small group therapy sessions, assistance in the classroom and residential support. They work with carers and families to develop learners’ skills within the context of their home environment.

The Therapy team aim to provide a Total Communication approach within the school environment including the use of sign-supported English to aid understanding.

Occupational Therapy

The occupational therapy team works to assess, develop and support students':

• sensory integration skills;

• gross motor skills;

• fine motor skills;

• visual perception skills; and

• functional activities of daily living.

Their holistic approach ensures students’ skills are developed across the school day and into the care environment. They do this through a combination of in-depth assessment, individual programmes, paired or group work, assistance in the classroom and residential support.

Watch the video below to see therapy in practise.