Speech Language therapists within the school setting are able to provide services for:
Speech Language Therapists work collaboratively with students, family, other organisations, teaching and therapy staff to ensure that interventions are purposeful and working towards the student's / family's goals.
Occupational Therapy within the school setting is focused on enabling students to maximize their potential through achieving independence throughout their school day. Occupational Therapists look at the activities and tasks a student is required to complete throughout their school day and identify areas for skill development to increase independence as a student. These tasks may be related to:
Physiotherapists in this school work conjunctively with classroom staff to address concerns around the body, primarily the musculoskeletal system.
Referrals for physiotherapy will include:
An Orientation and Mobility therapist works with students who have a visual impairment. and / or visual perception difficulties. Many children in a special needs school who have nothing physically wrong with their eyes may have difficulties with interpreting what they are seeing.
Orientation and Mobility therapists work very closely with teachers, teacher aides, parents and other professionals to ensure that the vision impaired child can achieve their potential.
Psychologists work closely with teachers and focus primarily on promoting adaptive behaviour within the classroom setting in order to enable all students to maximise their participation in their learning programs. Assessments take a biopsychosocial approach to ensure the development of a holistic working formulation of students' strengths and dfficulties. Family involvement is an important aspect of gaining a good understanding of difficulties and promoting consistency in management/interventions across the school and home environments. Behaviour management plans are developed in conjunction with classroom teachers. Individual supportive counselling is also available to students struggling with emotional and social concerns. Psychometric testing of intellectual and academic achievement can be arranged if deemed appropriate.
At Hamilton North School the therapists are an integral part of the entire educational team who work collaboratively with parents / whānau / caregivers, other agencies, teaching staff and support staff to create and implement practical , appropriate and achievable personal learning plans.