‘Flexible, functional and creative therapy at the point of need.’

Therapy at Papillon House School

At Papillon House School the therapy department is a well-established part of the school. We have open and collaborative relationships with our teaching colleagues and work together to support the specific needs of the pupils. 

The purpose of the therapy department is to reduce the barriers to the pupils learning within the classroom and other learning environments.  We aim to build on communication and functional skills and enable and promote independence to the best of each pupil’s potential. 

The therapy at Papillon House School aims to provide the scaffolding to support each pupil’s learning style.  The therapy team are dedicated in working alongside the teaching staff to support the pupils to achieve their full potential in education.

The Therapists

Our team of specialist therapists are knowledgeable in assessment and use a variety of methods using formal and informal assessment tools to ensure the truest assessment of the pupils Speech and Language and Occupational Therapy needs. 

Clinical Psychology, Art Therapy and the Creative Arts Lead work with teaching staff to support the pupils' mental and emotional wellbeing and helping to develop confidence, good peer relationships, an ability to express themselves and self-esteem.

Therapeutic Approaches

The therapy team are dedicated to using treatment approaches that best fit the pupil from more traditional approaches to newer approaches.  The team offer evidence-based interventions tailored to the individual needs of each pupil. The team participate in continuing professional development as part of their registration and keep up to date with new assessments or treatment approaches that may support the pupils they provide therapy to.

SCERTS (Social Communication Emotional Regulation and Transactional Supports) is at the heart of Papillon House School and brings together education and therapy staff to ensure a holistic and autism specific approach to our work with the children and young people.

How therapy is delivered

Therapy is provided in a style that best supports the pupil: in the form of direct therapy (individual and group), integrated therapy into the classroom and other learning environments and school and home programmes.  Therapy staff attend annual reviews and are integral to the approach to behaviour management.  Therapy staff are available on a daily basis for classroom staff to discuss any therapy issues and provide direct support at that point if required, as well as providing in-house training. 

All children are assessed by Speech and Language therapy and Occupational therapy upon entry and then re-assessed at transitional points or should the need arise such as tribunal or a significant change in the pupil’s functioning.  Reviews are written yearly in line with the annual review of the pupils’ education health and care plan (EHCP).  Targets are reviewed on a half termly to termly basis dependant on the child's progress and the type of therapy they are receiving.

Every child at Papillon House School that is statemented for therapy has a unique and individualised programme.  We are also in the fortunate position to be able to provide therapy to children and young people at the point of need and not solely based on their statemented provision.  This allows us to provide the support when the children and young people need it.

We also acknowledge the importance of close collaborative working with parents and we work hard to ensure parents understand the therapy their child receives and that therapists are open and available to parents. We are always available at parents evenings, by telephone, email and by direct appointments.