Speech and language therapy
Many children at Pace have complex communication difficulties and need a very high level of skilled support to help them develop language and communication skills. Acquiring the skills needed to communicate is vital to effectively access educational opportunities and to participate fully in all aspects of life. Through the use of alternative and augmentative communication systems and high and low tech tools and devices, children’s skills and knowledge can be developed, they can demonstrate their understanding, make choices and take greater control over their environment and social interactions. Speech and language therapy also supports children and young people with eating and drinking safely and independently if their condition allows.
Conductive education is an holistic educational approach suitable for people with motor disorders such as cerebral palsy. It combines education, psychology and medical science, and considers all aspects of the child’s developmental needs simultaneously. Conductive education aims to develop positive active learners through a series of activities that provide opportunities to use and develop problem solving skills. Children therefore learn strategies and techniques that help them achieve success in the challenges they face in their daily lives.
Sensory integration therapy
This is a form of therapeutic intervention in which sensory stimulation is provided in a controlled, structured and repetitive manner. This helps the child's brain and central nervous system to process and react to sensations more efficiently, allowing the child to be in a “just right” state for learning. At Pace, sensory integration therapy is incorporated into the integrated curriculum as required.
Physiotherapy intervention encourages active movement and the building of strength. It helps to develop balance skills and maintain flexibility, ensuring a repertoire of movements so that children can learn to stand, step and walk. Physiotherapy also aims to reduce the possibility of contractures, deformities and the resulting pain.
Occupational therapy works to promote active participation and independence in the “occupations” of daily life, such as sleeping, eating, playing, learning and socialising. Occupational therapists who work with children are knowledgeable about a child’s sensory, motor, cognitive, emotional and behavioural development. Occupational therapy promotes engagement, exploration and skill acquisition.