Therapists at NSA work within an educational framework. To support the educational programs the school provides a range of specialist services including speech pathology and occupational therapy. Teachers and therapists work as multi-disciplinary teams to ensure that students have access to consistent and effective programs.
The occupational therapists support teachers to implement ‘sensory programs’ for students which may involve movement activities within the classroom, sensory motor activities in the OT room or other specific therapeutic techniques depending on the individual sensory needs of the students. The occupational therapists may provide support to identify the specific sensory needs of students and may recommend sensory tools such as weighted blankets, mini-trampolines, headphones, etc, to help students regulate themselves and engage in teaching and learning activities.
The speech pathologists provide a consultancy service to teaching teams with a focus on supporting teachers to plan and implement effective and successful communication programs for students. The speech pathologists provide assistance and recommendations to teachers in assessing the communication skills of students, developing individual goals and implementing effective communication teaching strategies. Speech pathologists will also lead a process to prescribe or re-evaluate Augmentative and Alternative Communication systems used by students, for example; Picture Exchange Communication System or voice output devices.