Therapies In School
The Therapies in Schools team is a service that runs alongside existing NHS Occupational Therapy (OT) and Physiotherapy (PT) services, with therapists based in Special Schools across West Sussex, including Oak Grove College. The TIS service has been developed with the aim of strengthening and supporting the relationship between the NHS Physiotherapy and Occupational therapy teams and the learning curriculums in special schools. Therapists can be physically present in classrooms working collaboratively with NHS therapists, and school staff. Therapists can offer targeted therapy sessions for children that require a period of more intensive input, as well as providing training sessions for school staff and for parents.
The TIS vision is to enable schools, families and therapists to work in partnership to deliver life learning opportunities that blend the child’s educational aspirations with their therapeutic needs.
Link to Therapies in School wiki below – lots of resources and advice.
I’m Linnie, I am the Clinical Services Manager for the entire ‘Therapies In Schools’ (TIS) team across 11 WSCC SEN schools and we base the headquarters of TIS at Oak Grove College. My background is that I am a Paediatric Occupational Therapist who specialises in helping people with autism, and sensory processing difficulties. I have a first class honours degree in Occupational Therapy and a Post Graduate Certificate in Sensory Integration. I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Royal College of Occupational Therapy (RCOT). My passion is enabling young people to achieve their potential. I aim to equip, educate and motivate those who support young people during their education journey, to achieve their goals and aspirations. I believe in positivity, and know that if we believe in our young people, they will be better supported to believe in themselves. I love it here at Oak Grove College, the joint working we’ve achieved has been outstanding.
I am Rachael and I am the administrator for the Therapists in the Therapies in schools team. I am based at the TIS office in Oak Grove College, and if your child is seen by one of the TIS Therapists you might see my name or hear from me.
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)
My name is Caroline Spears, I’m one of the Therapies in Schools Occupational Therapists. I work at Herons Dale, Palatine and Oak Grove College. I have worked in Paediatrics for 21 years and have specialised in working with children in SEN provision schools. I have post grad certificate in advanced sensory processing qualification. Within my current role I support young people to maximise their potential in participation in daily living activities at school and home. I do this through direct work with children and their families, providing accredited teacher training in life skills and sensory processing as well as parent workshops on these areas.
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