Therapies

 

 

Therapies at Wey House School

All therapies at Wey House School are carried out with prior consent from parents/carers.

Wey House School now has a full-time speech and language therapist!  My name is Angela Sloan and I started at the beginning of Spring term 2017.  For the last 20 years, I have specialised in working with children who present with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.  I have worked across a range of settings in Kent, Brighton and Surrey, but predominantly in special education.

I am very pleased to be at Wey House and look forward to working with the children, teaching staff and parents/carers.  Currently I am spending time getting to know the boys and the staff and to see what the speech, language and communication needs are within the school.  I will aim to support meeting these needs within the classroom as much as possible, so that we integrate useful strategies and activities for developing the pupils' communication skills across the curriculum.

Sharlotte Rayner

Dramatherapy

 

Sharlotte is a qualified Dramatherapist. She  studied at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (MA). She has had experience running dramatherapy sessions in schools, care units, pupil referral units (short stay schools) and others.

 

Dramatherapy is a form of therapy that uses drama as a way of exploring emotions, experiences and feelings, self-confidence and identity, building relationships and connecting with playfulness. In a session we may use games, movement, storytelling, role play, among other things. A dramatherapy session will encourage the sharing of experiences, as everyone is different we embrace this into the work.

The aims of the sessions are not to be a good actor and previous experience in drama is not required. The dramatherapy space like any therapeutic space is confidential.

 

Erin Shanks

Dance and Movement Therapy

 

Erin is a Dance and Movement Therapy on a one year placement at Wey House School. Dance and Movement Therapy uses expressive movement and dance as a process to increase awareness and develop emotional, physical and cognitive integration through verbal and non-verbal channels of communication. The sessions believe that even the simplest form of moving, such as changes in posture or breathing are creative and can be used as a form of expression. DMT focuses on movement behaviour as it emerges in the therapeutic relationship allowing the child to develop a positive and realistic self-image.

 

Rebecca Kane

Music Therapist

Rebecca is our Music Therapist and comes to Wey House once a week, she says:

Music therapy offers opportunities for music-making as a creative and accessible means of communication, self-expression and self-exploration. The music in sessions often involves the child and therapist improvising together, but may also include songwriting or use of pre-existing music. Sessions are adapted to meet each child’s individual needs. A relationship is built up within the music and this can support the child’s emotional, social and physical wellbeing. Music therapy offers a creative means of expressing feelings that are difficult to put into words. Music Therapy can support the development of interactive skills as well as a positive experience of self, which can promote self-esteem and motivation.

 

  Esther Holdforth

ELSA

Esther is our ELSA and is in school each day to help support pupils.

An ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) is a specialist teaching assistant with a wealth of experience of working with children. ELSAs are trained and regularly supervised by the Educational Psychologists in the Local Education Authority. An ELSA is a warm and caring person who wants to help your child feel happy in school and to reach their potential educationally. Their aim is to remove the barriers to learning and to have happy children in school and at home. 

ELSAs can help with Loss and Bereavement, Self Esteem, Social Skills, Emotions, Friendship Issues, Relationships, Anger Management, Behaviour, Anxiety, Bullying, Conflict, Relaxation Techniques.