Therapies at Sheiling School are given under the direction of qualified professionals. Our therapists work closely with teachers and care staff so knowledge of a pupil’s needs are applied to the whole of his or her individual programme.

Sheiling School can provide pupils with a wide range of therapies. Therapies enhance both the educational and the personal development of the child in a holistic way.
Therapies can help to:

  • Remove obstacles to learning
  • Open doorways to new experiences
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Awaken latent abilities

Our Therapies

The school has its own therapy building and various specialised therapies are available on-site, including:

  • Speech and language therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Eurythmy (a specialised movement therapy)
  • Art therapy
  • Drama Therapy
  • Rhythmical massage therapy

Other therapeutic activities are used, for example, to develop awareness of the body or to stimulate aesthetic appreciation.

How Therapies Work at Sheiling School

Parents are invited to attend regular internal reviews about the therapies their child is receiving. These reviews are led by the School’s Consultative Advisor and coordinated by the Head Teacher.
Some of the recommendations arising from these therapies are also effectively integrated into classroom activities and into the house life. They may, for example, be applied through skill-based or craft activities in the classroom or in the development of independent living skills within the house.

  • Health Care

    Sheiling School Thornbury’s Anthroposophical Consultative Advisor holds regular reviews for each pupil about their health care and therapies.
    An experienced Home/School Nurse oversees the needs of all pupils, and our staff are trained to administer medication and hold first aid qualifications.

  • Speech & Language Therapy

    Speech and Language Therapy at Sheiling School aims to maximise the fulfilment of each pupil’s learning potential and sense of inclusion by promoting a Total Communication environment. This involves providing appropriate therapy, individually or in small groups, based on a full assessment of each student’s communication levels.

  • Eurythmy Therapy

    The aim of Eurythmy Therapy is to work towards balancing and integrating cognitive abilities, emotional responses and the body in active movement. Movement exercises, as recommended by the School’s Consultative Advisor are done under the guidance of the therapist in one-to-one weekly sessions over a minimum period of seven weeks.