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Speech, Language & Audiology Department

Occupational Therapy Department


Developmental Unit

Occupational Therapy Department

The vision of the Occupational Therapy (O.T.) department is to provide an O.T. service that facilitates the development of learners’ individual needs through engaging, fun and purposeful activities. We endeavour to develop the child’s self-regulation and functioning at school, at home and in play. We work together with the broader team of professionals in our school in order to achieve the common goal of successfully unlocking potential and equipping each child for return to mainstream. Although therapy is individualised, it tends to involve working on skills within the following developmental areas: sensory processing; gross motor control and co-ordination; fine motor control and co-ordination; visual perceptual skills; and application of these components in functional tasks. The OT’s are all Sensory Integration-trained or in the process of completing their Sensory Integration qualification.

The OT’s are trained to assess and treat the following areas of development:

  • Sensory-motor skills
  • Visual perceptual skills
  • Visual-motor integration
  • Functional classroom carry-over skills
  • Self-care activities (e.g. shoe laces, buttons, using a knife and fork, etc.)
  • Play (facilitating and encouraging progression through developmental qualitative stages of play)
  • Hippo Therapy (use of horses)
  • Sensory Integration Therapy

The Sensory Room

The Sensory Room was established in January 2022 by the Occupational Therapy Department and was based on the concept of a Snoezelen Room developed in the Netherlands. Snoezelen is a contraction of the Dutch verbs ‘Snuffelen’ (to seek and explore) and ‘Doezelen’ (to relax). A sensory room is a specially designed room, which combines a range of stimuli to help individuals develop and engage their senses, helping them to learn to interact with the world around them in a safe environment that builds their confidence. Shades of blue and grey were used in this room to create a calming, relaxing space, with various areas set up to provide a range of sensory experiences. Areas include a crash mat and trampoline for deep pressure and movement input, a tent with lights and pillows, a light-up ball pit and bubble tube for visual and touch input, and a tactile wall for learners to explore their sense of touch. Soft toys, cushions, weighted blankets, Lycra body suites and fiddle toys are easily accessible in this space, should a child wish to explore with these items. This non-threatening space encourages our learners to explore at their own leisure, under the guidance of a therapist, to discover what calms them and/or alerts them, and what they do and do not like. This Sensory Room also provides our learners with a space where they can calm and focus themselves, so they can be better prepared for learning and interacting with others.