Occupation therapy promotes, maintains and develops the skills needed by pupils to be functional in a school setting and beyond. The Occupation Therapy intervention considers the physical, social, emotional, sensory and cognitive abilities and needs of pupils. This can be assessed through formal assessments and observations in school and supported through targeted interventions, sensory diets, sensory equipment, and identified strategies.
Hayley is our Occupational Therapist and comes into Foxfields alternate Fridays to work with identified pupils.
The F.R.I.E.N.D.S programme is a 10-12 week, intervention program based on cognitive behaviour therapy with the primary aim of reducing anxiety levels. The F.R.I.E.N.D.S programme is recommended by the Department for Education (Mental health and behaviour in school 2014) and The World Health Organisation (Prevention of Mental Disorders 2004).
The aims of the programme are:
To reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression
To develop coping and resilience strategies to help deal with stress and worries
To develop emotional and social skills
To support positive engagement with learning
There are two trained FRIENDS Facilitators at Foxfields who deliver the FRIENDS program in tailored groups and promote FRIENDS strategies to all pupils.