Therapies In School
At Oak Grove College, we work with a range of therapists to support our students with a range of needs. They work in consultation with college staff and support and develop all our workforce to ensure we offer the best to all students and their families.
Speech and Language Therapists
My name is Andrea, I am a Highly Specialist Speech and Language therapist and also the School Age Complex Needs Clinical lead for the Worthing area. Andrea is a Regional Makaton tutor and is experienced in working with children and young people with a variety of different communication difficulties. Andrea is also the specialist for providing eating and drinking assessments and advice.
Cat is a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist working for 2.5 days at Oak Grove College. Cat has an interest in working with all children with a range of diagnoses and communication needs. Cat also works in Mainstream schools so has experience in working with a many communication difficulties, including; language delays/disorders, speech sound delays/disorder and social communication difficulties. Cat has experience of using a range of AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication) aids including; communication books, eye gaze devices (low and high tech) and voice output communication aids (e.g. tablets with communication software).
My name’s Susie. I’m a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist at Oak Grove College. I’m employed by Sussex Community Foundation Trust and I work at the College on weekly basis.
I have a caseload of children whom I see regularly. I assess their speech, language and communication needs. I work with the school staff on supporting these pupils to develop their communication skills through programmes of work. I also work with pupils who have eating and drinking difficulties. I assess whether the pupils can safely and advise adjustments to what the pupils should eat based upon this. Pupils can be referred to me through the school and other professionals.
My name is Sally, I am a Senior Physiotherapist with a speciality in Paediatric Neurology. I am employed by Sussex Community Trust, based at Worthing hospital and attend Oak Grove College on a weekly basis.
Children can be referred to me for a physiotherapy assessment by other health professionals, eg Paediatricians, GPs, School Nurses. I assess and treat children in school and, where appropriate, provide an exercise programme. I then show school staff how to carry this out with the child. I can also prescribe equipment, eg walkers, standers and can refer to the Orthotic Clinic if children require assessing for splints or insoles.
Therapies in Schools (TIS) – Therapists
My name is Linnie, I’m a Paediatric Occupational Therapist who has been working with people with learning disabilities for the last 11 years. I specialise in assisting children and young people with sensory processing difficulties. I have completed post-graduate training in Sensory Integration with University of Ulster and the Sensory Integration Network.
I am passionate about empowering the children and staff that I work with to be the best that they can be. So that everyone can have positive experiences, through meaningful activity, every day of their lives. I enjoy using creative, problem solving approaches to find ways to overcome any barriers that life sometimes throws at us, be that through equipment, adapting environments, or strategies to change the way we do things.
I love working with extraordinary and inspiring children and young people who conquer huge obstacles in every moment of every day. I love my job!
My name is Jess Easton and I am one of the Therapies in Schools physios. I work at Oak Grove College along with Palatine and Heronsdale Schools. I work with a smaller number of children than the CDC therapists to work on specific goals with children. I am involved in teaching school staff our accredited training program in physical development and water skills and we are looking at how this can be made available to parents that are interested too.
Occupational Therapists (OT)
The NHS OT’s our role is to work with the school staff, other therapy colleagues and parents to enable students to access and engage in daily activities within their school and home life. This may involve advice to develop a student’s independence skills such as dressing or eating and drinking or school based activities such as recording work or accessing curriculum activities such as food tech. OT’s may also provide advice on developing hand skills or sensory processing skills ,recommend equipment to help develop independence or to improve the young person’s sitting and posture.