Wellbeing & Therapy

Supporting health & wellbeing

Our highly qualified specialist teams have accrued many years of experience working with young people who have Autism Spectrum Conditions, complex and severe learning disabilities.

Our wellbeing team includes occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, counsellors and nurses. Physiotherapy is also available, if required and we have assistant psychologists who work with clinical psychologists to support individual young people’s needs.

The wellbeing team understands the importance of being well and ready to learn. We pride ourselves in supporting individuals to attain a level of health and wellbeing that enables each individual to engage effectively with their own learning. For some young people, this means ensuring they have the correct communication and visual aids to transfer confidently between sessions. For others its supporting the management of anxieties and being mindful of the need for a quiet low arousal environment. Yet others need specific support with medical needs like allergies, diabetes and epilepsy.   Some of our students also need support with their mental health and general wellbeing due to low self-esteem, poor social communication or previous experiences which have had a significant impact on how they view themselves and the world around them. 

Positive behaviour support

We also have a strong behaviour support team who, through positive behaviour support, will enable young people to manage their anxieties and any subsequent behaviour that may arise. All staff at St. John’s are trained in behaviour support and this provides a safe environment, where trust can be developed and significant progress can be made.

Therapy Enterprise

Led by the Wellbeing Team in connection with the Young Enterprise Scheme

The Therapy Enterprise sessions have been running since September 2015 and are led by the wellbeing team in connection with the Young Enterprise Scheme. Each pathway has a session once a week, where the students run small businesses. The session is overseen by our lead OT and lead SaLT and baseline assessment and targets are set around fine motor skills, communication and students’ sensory needs.

We regularly go to markets and events to showcase our products as well as deliver flower arrangements weekly to local dementia homes. We also attend Young Enterprise events at Brighton University and at Old Spitalfields Market in London each year.

Here is what OFSTED said about us:

“The multi-disciplinary approach to learning at the school continues to flourish... An excellent example is the Therapy Enterprise Project, which links pupils sensory and therapy needs to their learning. Pupils develop practical, work-related business skills while drawing on their expertise as people with sensory-processing issues.”