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:
• 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
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.
Dance & Movement Therapy
Dance and Movement therapists will offer one to one, pair or group sessions focusing on the use of Dance and Movement as a form of self-expression and communication.
Dance and Movement Therapists hold a Masters’ degree in dance movement therapy and are highly skilled in the use of dance and movement.
Through dance and movement, therapists aim to develop emotional expression, a sense of self, play and creativity and communication through voice and body. Pupils and therapists build a relationship using body movement and dance to assist integration of emotional, cognitive, physical, social and spiritual aspects of self.
Music therapists offer one to one, pair or group sessions focusing on the use of music and sound as a form of self expression.
Music therapists hold a Masters’ degree in music therapy and have a high level of musicianship and skill. Through the use of mainly shared improvised music, the therapist aims to develop a relationship with the child in which emotional expression, a sense of self, play and creativity, and communication skills can be supported. Pupils may use their voice, body or musical instruments to express themselves and communicate in a therapy session.
Arts therapists sometimes work with other professionals including Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists, to deliver joint sessions where shared aims can be met.
Dramatherapists will offer one to one, pair or group sessions focusing on the use of play, imagination, stories, puppetry, improvisation and movement as a form of self-expression.
Dramatherapists hold a Masters’ degree in Dramatherapy and are both artists and clinicians and draw on their trainings in theatre/drama and therapy to create methods to engage pupils through play to develop emotional expression, a sense of self, play and creativity and communication through voice and body.
Creative Therapy is a mixture of music, drama, play, movement and dance where the different disciplines are brought together for the benefit of the child. In these sessions the music, drama or dance movement therapists run the sessions as a pair. This can sometimes be as a two to one, with a pair of pupils or a small group depending on the needs of the pupils. Dance and Movement therapists, Drama therapists and Music therapists work closely together to ensure that the right intervention is offered pupils in order to support their process through therapy.