Arts Therapies

Arts Therapies include Dance Movement Therapy, Dramatherapy, Music Therapy and Creative Therapy, which is when two modes of Arts Therapy are combined.

The therapist aims to provide an environment in which a relationship can develop between themselves and the pupil, using music, drama, dance and movement as an interactive and communicative medium.
The way a child plays reflects and communicates their inner feelings without the need for words, offering a new way for each child to express how they are feeling and have their emotional needs heard and acknowledged.
The therapist works alongside families and class teams in order to identify goals for the work. Once the child’s emotional needs are met they will be better equipped to engage and succeed in their learning.

What does our team provide?
Therapists offer a range of confidential services including:
• assessments
• individual, pair or group work
• training for school based staff
• assessment / Statement Review or EHCP input / End of Therapy reports
• RESOS (Relational Emotional Sense Of Self) evaluation system
• consultations with families, class teams and other professionals

In conjunction with Family Services the team also offer:
• early intervention – introductory groups
• family work
• parent courses
• sibling groups


What are the benefits of Arts Therapies?
• To receive emotional support to manage difficulties and problems
• To gain a positive experience of being in a group
• To develop independence, confidence and motivation
• To develop social skills and explore healthy ways of interacting with others
• To develop self expression creatively and non-verbally
• To feel supported in accessing their education and to aid the learning process

The aim of Arts Therapy is to support each pupil’s emotional development and to increase their self-esteem, confidence and communication skills.
Interventions are entirely therapeutic, rather than educational
or recreational.
How is a pupil referred?

Head of School, class teachers, parents or carers or other professionals can refer a child or young person.
• The therapist will meet with the referrer
• If appropriate, an assessment will be offered and consent for this will be gained from the parent/carer
• The therapist will then make a recommendation
• If space allows, the young person will be offered therapy. Alternatively they will be placed on a waiting list, and seen within the calendar year.