A mixture of physiotherapy and occupational therapy, focusing on both gross and fine motor skills and with a strong emphasis on building up functional skills in the child. Since March 2013, we have been running a small pilot to work with the families of our students in their home, teaching them basic conductive education techniques, and helping parents to assist their children in problem solving their immediate physical environment.
We also use speech therapy techniques, including a combination of Makaton signing, phonation exercises and communication aids to help children with different abilities communicate.
Since May 2013, we have been partnering with Newcastle University, Sydney, to provide clinical placements for final-year speech pathology students. Under the guidance of their professors, the students assess our pupils and work out strategies for their increased communication and clearer speech which they then pass on to our local staff. These clinical placements take place every six months, giving continuity to the programme.