Therapies — introduction

The therapy programme at Woodcroft has been developed over many decades to improve our pupils’ ability to communicate their feelings and needs, as well as to address difficulties understanding the communication of others.

Our therapy team works directly with pupils, giving specialist advice and training to the teaching and support staff and planning each pupil’s therapy programme. Pupils may have individual sessions or take part in classes or groups where therapists work alongside the class teacher.

Woodcroft has an eclectic approach to therapy, just as it does to other aspects of school life. The following are very brief outlines of some of the approaches we use.

  • The ABA approach (Applied Behaviour Analysis) focuses on changing targeted behaviours by using data from observation, altering the environment and rewarding correct responses.
  • The SCERTS model focuses on Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Supports.
  • The TEACCH (Autism) framework focuses on physical organisation, individual schedules, work and activity systems and visual structure of materials.