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Therapeutic Approach

Our approach is designed to make every interaction our young people have across their day a therapeutic one. From the classroom to the dining room, whether playing sport or simply relaxing in a quiet zone, any time they meet an adult, that person will behave in a calm and regulated manner and will be trained in how to engage with our young people.

We believe a successful therapeutic home demonstrates three key aspects, which are all interconnected.

A therapeutic culture

A therapeutically informed physical environment

A context that helps each young person reach their full potential

Gold standard therapeutic model

We believe the true gold standard is for our young people to experience this therapeutic way of learning and always interacting with the world. In this way, we give them the best possible preparation for the world beyond the school gates.


Oasis work closely with bMindful Psychology who provide our therapeutic input in an integrated way to identify barriers to learning and suggest strategies to support our young people to manage these.


Because strategies are shared with all staff, our young people receive consistent, specific support and become able to progress and succeed. Over time, young people become able to internalize and utilise these strategies themselves in their journey towards adulthood.

The therapy team supports young people to acknowledge, understand and find successful ways to manage their specific challenges as they develop. The Therapy Team also support our education team to incorporate therapeutic ways of enhancing learning opportunities both in and outside the classroom, during all activities on their journey towards independence.


Our model enables us to offer whole school universal support at a core level, targeted support to identified small groups and specialist support to young people’s, identified on their EHCPs as needing 1:1 sessions.

Therapists also share their advice and expertise with parents so that we are able to help families address the needs of our young people whilst at home.

Specific areas of need each therapy specialist supports

Speech and Language Therapists (SaLT)

The SaLT team supports students to maximise their speech, language, and communication ability to increase independence. The team promote a total communication approach, which values all forms of communication.


Occupational Therapy

Our occupation therapist is experienced in sensory integration. The programmes support students academic learning, behaviour and independence skills in an individualised way.


Education Psychology

Education psychologists provide therapeutic input to students whose needs are identified as requiring intervention to support with emotional and psychological issues that can cause barriers to learning. We offer 1:1 timetabled support as well as reactive sessions based on the students needs.


Pastoral Team

Our pastoral team adopt a Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) model. PBS is a person-centred approach that focuses on developing skills to improve quality of life and gain new skills by replacing behaviours of concern with more functional or socially acceptable behaviours. The PBS Team work with staff and students to provide the optimum environment and develop strategies to support the individual needs of all students...

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