All our staff are trained to meet the health needs of each student. While we do not provide nursing care, we can administer medication and provide specialist support for eating and drinking. We also have access to a variety of essential services through our local primary care trust.
Speech and Language Therapy
We believe communication is the foundation of all learning. Our speech and language therapy team comprises two therapists and one therapy assistant, ensuring plenty of one-on-one time with students.
When a student joins us, we identify their communication needs and establish long-, medium- and short-term goals for the future. We then monitor their progress across our organisation to make sure we use their communication strategies consistently. At the end of each academic year, every student receives a SALT report.
Our students learn in a ‘total communication’ environment. This means our staff use a wide range of resources to meet each student’s communication needs. Some students, for example, might use Makaton, while others may use TaSSeLs, eye communication, high-tech AAC, switches or picture support.
Our physiotherapy team takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health and wellbeing. Each week, our students receive individualised physiotherapy sessions focusing on movement, exercise and manual therapy.
When a student first joins us, they undergo a thorough physiotherapy assessment so we can develop their personalised therapy plan. We then review this plan regularly so we can make adjustments as necessary.
Students’ physiotherapy sessions may include treatment for postural problems, sensory integration issues or the use of specialist seating, orthotics, mobility aids and wheelchairs.
For students who would benefit from hydrotherapy, we also offer warm swim sessions at Princess Royal Hospital in Telford or Aquamira in Shrewsbury.
Everyone at Condover College, from tutors to drivers to our executive team, is trained to manage challenging behaviour through the Non-Abusive Psychological and Physical Intervention (NAPPI) approach.
This approach entails getting to know our students well so that we understand their likes, dislikes and behavioural triggers. We find this allows us to stay one step ahead, able to diffuse or avoid difficult situations often before they occur.
We are proud to be a designated NAPPI centre of excellence, and we have six in-house NAPPI trainers available to provide expert assistance when necessary.
Occupational therapy is key to helping our students develop self-esteem, independence and communication skills. It helps remove the barriers that limit their day-to-day activities and ensures they can participate fully in their lives.
Working alongside the rest of our specialist support team, our occupational therapist helps students improve their skills in personal care, eating and drinking, school and work, household management and leisure activities.
All students receive an in-depth assessment before being offered a variety of supports. Students who struggle with hand function, for example, may receive training to help them control equipment through switch controls. Others may be given adapted activities or equipment that is tailored to their needs.