Key staff have had training from an Occupational Therapist in ways to deliver Sensory diets for the pupils who need to regulate themselves in order to engage fully in the school day. The majority of pupils access some form of physical activity first thing in the morning on arrival, sensory walks, sensory circuits, Calm Brain, Body Blast and bespoke videos containing Gross motor skills to follow in class.
Rebound Therapy is the therapeutic use of a Trampoline to promote and develop motor skills, body awareness, balance, co-ordination and communication. Rebound Therapy should be seen as an integrated part of your child’s movement programme. Rebound Therapy has a unique effect on the body organs, systems and muscles.
The sessions will involve the child being on the trampoline and a qualified member of staff applying a gentle rocking or bouncing of the trampoline. This movement will improve health and fitness and greater independence, whilst fun, enjoyment and the opportunity to succeed are of paramount importance. During Rebound Therapy the cardio-respiratory system works harder so heart rate and respiratory rate increase. Muscle tone can be increased and decreased by activating the muscle spindles and stimulating the sensory system.
Students across the Pathways all benefit from accessing the 4D room to enhance their learning. For the Immersive and Exploratory Pathway in is used to immersive pupils in a sensory experience with interactive images on the walls and floors and enhanced with music and props and change in temperature to stimulate sessions. Pupils will be using their tracking skills, listening skills, reaching, pressing and controlling skills. Students will often have a change of position in this room to support their physical management needs.
The Questioning Pathway use it to enhance understanding for example of topics in History where images of the trenches can be displayed and the sound of people walking through mud. It is used alongside role play. It is also a room where yoga and relaxation sessions take place.