How We Teach : Integrated Therapies

Integrated therapies

Bradstow School offer a range of integrated therapies to support our learner’s needs.

To ensure our learner’s needs are met our multi-disciplinary team work collaboratively with parents and carers and home/ school support staff to provide individual therapeutic plans which are delivered throughout each young person’s day.

Our multi-disciplinary team utilise a range of approaches to meet our learner’s needs holistically and identify individualised approaches that are dynamic and functional to each learner.

For further information about Bradstow Speech and Language therapy and occupational therapy click here.

In addition to our multi-disciplinary team we also offer the following therapies through a referral system.


Art therapy

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of communication. It is practised by a qualified, registered Art Therapist at Bradstow.

The therapy is delivered in a safe and supportive environment and aims to help our learners function independently with greater confidence and self-esteem. This therapeutic support can become a way to look into and communicate thoughts and emotions that seem too complex or confusing to articulate by communicating through our methods. Art therapy can give our learners a voice which you can be used to communicate their thoughts and feelings.

Art therapy may be provided for groups, or for Individuals at Bradstow school and is accessed through an internal referral system. 


Aromatherapy Massage

Aromatherapy Massage is delivered through a referral process in a controlled multisensory environment by a qualified Aromatherapist who specialises in additional needs.  It is person centred and there are a wide range of benefits including meeting sensory needs, reducing anxiety and stress, relationship work and enabling our young people to experience relaxation through a nurturing positive touch experience.


Messy Play

Messy Play is timetabled weekly for each class and delivered in a purpose built Messy Play Room and also within the classroom environment. The young person is usually engaged in using all of his/her senses especially touch. There is an abundance of materials to explore, manipulate, combine, and to mould. It aims to promote physical, cognitive, social and emotional development, building creativity and stimulating curiosity.


Doris our Therapy Dog

Bradstow School have our very own therapy dog to support our learners wellbeing. 

The benefits of having our school dog are:

  • A calming effect on pupils;
  • Reduced stress and improved self-esteem;
  • Encouraging expression, participation and confidence for all our learners;
  • Fostering a sense of responsibility;
  • Supporting our learners who may fear dogs to become desensitised in a planned approach with the aim of feeling safe in our local community.
  • Further promote our ‘Well Being’ agenda for pupils through therapeutic support
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