Therapies at Alt Bridge School
Alt Bridge School have a range of therapies and programmes, many of which are available through the many excellent services we commission to support students and their families.
Our unique offer of support brings together expertise from different disciplines, in order to assess and provide support for the holistic needs of our students. The services we work with offer the following;
- Educational psychology services
- Speech and Language therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Music Therapy
- Pet Therapy
- Coaching and mentoring for ASC students and their parents
- Coaching and mentoring for neurodiverse students and their parents
The designated personnel from these services are introduced below, with a short description of the work they do in school.
The ADHD Foundation
My name is Maisie Hutchinson and I am a therapeutic practitioner at the ADHD Foundation. I work within education settings to provide therapeutic services for children and young people, this involves 1:1 support and interventions. I have 8 years’ experience of working alongside children with possible Neurodevelopmental Conditions.
My passion has always been to work with children and to help them to meet their full potential & goals. The ADHD Foundation works within Alt Bridge to support pupils. We offer a range of activities within the sessions that take place to encourage children to regulate their emotions, become confident and to believe in themselves!
Once a pupil has been referred to the ADHD Foundation, they can begin their 1:1 sessions once a week. For more information, please visit the ADHD Foundation website…
My name is Tracey Regan and I am a face to face counsellor for Kooth, and have been for many years
Kooth counselling service is a service provided to children and young people age 11-19 years offering emotional support across Knowsley as well as other areas in Knowsley and the Merseyside area. It is an online and face to face service in Knowsley, giving our service users the option, depending on their own preference, as to how they would like to access support.
Counselling can be offered to support a range of different presenting difficulties. Alt Bridge School is one of several schools I have worked with in Knowsley. We have had a very successful relationship for the past six years and continue to work together to support youngsters well-being and emotional needs.
Kooth referrals can be supported/completed by the school mentors, and they are happy to support parents if you need guidance.
Below are the links for both accessing Kooth online and face to face referrals.
Face to face – www.koothf2f.com
If you wish to register for Kooth online please go to the following website – www.kooth.com. If accessing Kooth online, please for the purposes of confidentiality create a username rather than a real name.
OSSME (Autism Initiatives)
OSSME are delighted to have been asked to support Altbridge School and its students. OSSME has provided an Outreach Support Service for Mainstream and Specialist Education for over 20 years. OSSME are part of Autism Initiatives and have a team of highly skilled and experienced practitioners who are trained to support children and young people with difficulties they may face in school on a day to day basis such as :-
- Communication and Language
- Managing and recognising emotions
- Social interaction and Social communication difficulties
- Sensory differences
- Anxiety/ depression and many more.
Lorraine Fletcher is the Autism Inclusion Practitioner who works at Alt Bridge each Tuesday during term time. Lorraine delivers interventions with children, either one to one or in small groups based on an identified area of need. Personalised strategies are developed and shared with students, school and home.
Shine Therapy Services
Jeanie Allport-Bryson is our Paediatric Occupational Therapist based for one day a week at Alt Bridge School.
“I work on an individual referral basis to assess the needs of the young people referred to me. I do this by looking at the young person’s physical, sensory or cognitive difficulties, to help them to achieve and maintain independence in activities (occupations) of everyday life. I am based in the Therapy Room 1 where I assess the young person’s individual’s needs and devise an intervention strategy report which facilitates the acquisition and development of skills. Occupations for children and young people include personal care (eg grooming, getting dressed or eating), learning (eg school) and socialising (eg playing with friends).”