Bespoke therapy support is available to students during their time at Derwen College. Before you start college you may have a therapy assessment during your pre-entry assessment day.
If you have applied to Derwen College, you will have a multi-disciplinary assessment – including a therapy assessment if appropriate – before starting college.
Therapy assessments include:
Specialist physiotherapy strategies (should they be required) can be embedded into everyday activities to support functional independence.
Physiotherapy can include, for instance:
- Support for moving and handling;
- Managing posture and movement;
- Optimising independence and functional movement;
Likewise, all students are encouraged to look after themselves through wellbeing practice and exercise (both on-site and in the community).
Speech and Language Therapy
Students and, likewise, staff are supported by the Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) team. The SALT team train staff to maximise their knowledge and skills around communication and dysphagia.
Staff embed Speech and Language Therapy throughout the curriculum to provide a total communication environment. A range of personalised communication strategies are also used to meet the needs of individual students. Strategies may include, for example:
- Dysphagia assessments;
- The Listening Programme;
- Makaton signs and symbols;
- AAC devices;
- Communication passports;
- Specific staff training and support.
In addition to embedded support, students have access to sessions with the SALT team for bespoke support.
The SALT team works to the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy’s 5 Good Communication Standards as a guide for good practice. Similarly, Derwen College is Makaton Friendly and has a internal network of qualified Makaton tutors across college.
During their time at Derwen students receive Occupational Therapy (OT) support to achieve independence in daily activities. Occupational Therapists work collaboratively with staff to implement and embed strategies based on 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.