In addition to the education and support the
child receives from the teacher, specialised
assistance may be necessary for specific
developmental, learning or social-emotional problems.
Multidisciplinary therapies are integrated
into the daily schedule and are offered inside
or outside the classroom. Sometimes assessment
by experts is necessary to get a clearer picture
of the special help that is needed.
Extra multidisciplinary support is available
at Lighthouse for Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy. Parents will be charged
separately for these therapies.
SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY
Speech and language therapists are specialists
in communication disorders that work to assess,
diagnose and develop a programme to maximise the
communication potential of the children under
They also support children with swallowing,
eating and drinking difficulties. The therapist
will make use of the support of the parents and
the teachers to implement the individual programme
of the child.
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY (OT)
Occupational therapy intervention is targeted
towards those areas that are interfering with
the child's ability to function. These include
gross motor, fine motor, sensory-motor integration
and self-help skills.
Often, intervention is given in the form of
play activities specifically designed to facilitate
and support the childs self-help, play and
learning skills. This may be done by individual
or group therapy sessions, in the therapy room
or in the classroom.
The occupational therapist also gives advice
and guidance to the parents and teacher of the
The physiotherapist assesses your child in order to identify areas of physical concern. Together with the parents an appropriate intervention plan is drawn up and and goals specific to the child are decided upon.
The child will be offered therapy which may consist of therapeutic exercises, neurodevelopmental therapy, mobilisation, stretching/strenghtening and balance exercises, posture education, massage and sensory-integrative therapy.
The therapy is mostly based on one-on-one sessions, but may also be given in small groups or in the classroom. The physiotherapist works together with other professionals in the care of your child (in order to ensure the best possible intervention.)