Mount Tamar School employs two Occupational Therapists to work with teachers, children, parents or carers to help understand the influence a child’s ability to manage his/her school based activities. As Occupational Therapists we interested in the factors that motivate learning, a young person’s interests, his/her sense of capability, the feelings and thoughts related to the ability to “do”. These are central to life. We work alongside teachers to help build routines and environments that support a young person’s ability to learn and promote ways of learning and teaching which help to build the regulation of feelings, behaviours, attention, organization, memory, physical skill, social skill, meaning and the experience of success.
I am working as a speech and language therapist/communication specialist at Mount Tamar School as part of its multi-disciplinary therapy team. My task is to assess specific speech and language difficulties as well as the functional communication difficulties of our students. Once the student’s difficulties have been identified, I work directly with them and/or support school staff to support them with strategies that help the individual students overcome their language difficulties. The ability to comprehend and use language is one of the essential elements of learning. As a speech and language/communication specialist I work teachers and TAs to help build an environment that supports and promotes language for learning of the individual young person, thus enabling the young people to engage actively in the learning process, to comprehend and express what they are learning as well as their thoughts and feelings both verbally and in writing. I also participate in annual reviews, staff and parent training. As part of the therapy team, I work incorporating recommendations from occupational therapy and counselling.
Dr Mona Kling
I am a qualified Counsellor and a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. As a counsellor at Mount Tamar I work closely with other professionals as part of the pastoral care provision. I can provide an immediate on site response for students experiencing difficulties that are preventing them from accessing their education. Counselling can be an effective source of support which enhances student’s resilience and assists in developing resources to help manage future difficulties. My role often provides advocacy for our students, empowering them in their individual educational journey. This supports the promotion of the overall wellbeing of young people and encourages them in their choices and wishes.
I work as a MBACP counsellor specialising Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and also have skills in Theraplay and DDP. The young people's additional needs often impact upon their ability to effectively interact in a meaningful way with the people and environment around them. The counsellors help the young people build meaningful secure attachments to enable them to develop insight into how they can learn to manage their feelings/ states of regulation.