Derwen College is able to offer bespoke therapy support to students.
Before starting at Derwen, learners will have a Multi Disciplinary assessment. If appropriate this will include assessments in:
Following a specialist physiotherapy assessment, strategies to enable the promotion of functional independence will be embedded into everyday activities.
Learners are encouraged to take responsibility for looking after their own bodies through exercise and physiotherapy (both on-site and in the community). Physiotherapy includes:
• Support for moving and handling
• Managing posture and movement
• Optimising independence and functional movement
Speech and Language Therapy
The Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) team at Derwen College help to maximise staff knowledge and skills around communication and dysphagia.
Speech and Language Therapy is embedded into the curriculum to provide a total communication approach. A range of personalised communication strategies are used to meet the needs of the student. Strategies may include, for example:
The SALT team follows the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy’s 5 Good Communication Standards as a guide for good practice. Derwen College is Makaton Friendly and has a network of qualified Makaton tutors across college.
Occupational Therapy (OT) aims to support students by helping them achieve independence in daily activities. OTs work collaboratively with staff to implement and embed strategies based on a student’s individual needs.
Areas of focus may include, for example:
• Personal care
• Domestic skills and meal preparation
• Workplace assessments
• Environmental adaptations
• Sensory strategies
• Aids and equipment