The Warringa Park School Allied Health team works collaboratively with leadership, teaching and support staff to create a positive and happy environment to engage, inspire and encourage our students in their learning and support them to optimise their school experience. Our team comprises of Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists, a Physiotherapist and a Movement Therapist, and our therapy programs are supported by three Allied Health assistants.
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The overall goal of Occupational Therapy (OT) is to maximize a student’s ability and potential to independently participate in a variety of activities across the school day. These activities may be academic, such as writing skills, as well as non-academic, including the development of social skills, sensory integration and self-care skills.
OTs work consultatively throughout the school, working on a referral and priority needs basis. The OTs provide recommendations in consultation with classroom staff to address areas of concern including:
- Activities of daily living: Such as dressing, toileting, eating
- Motor planning: developing the ability to organise, plan and complete new and unpractised skills such balancing,
skipping and handling objects
- Sensory processing and sensory integration: Managing student sensory processing within the school environment,
including oral motor (e.g. blowing bubbles), visual, tactile (e.g. touching and manipulating different objects) and
proprioceptive activities (e.g. movement-based games such as climbing, kicking balls and using scooter boards)
- Fine motor skills: Using hands and fingers to manipulate smaller object
- Perceptual motor/ gross motor: the acquisition of large scale movements such as walking, running, jumping, climbing, swimming.
School speech pathologists assess and treat people who have a communication disability. Speech pathologists are trained in all aspects of communication including speech, writing, reading, signs, symbols and gestures. Speech pathologists also work with people who have difficulties swallowing food and drink.
The speech pathologists at Warringa Park School have a goal to equip every student at the school with an ability to communicate. This may include using Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). AAC assists children with little or no speech by supplementing or augmenting the speech a person may already have. Alternative communication is used where speech is not possible. AAC includes all forms of communication, other than speech (e.g. gesture, signing, communication books and speech generating devices).
AAC is used to aid students in:
- expressing their needs, wants, thoughts, and emotions;
- reducing frustration and behaviour difficulties;
- turn taking, initiation and requesting skills;
- understanding the meaning of words;
- developing more complex thinking skills;
- developing spoken language;
- using socially appropriate behavior;
- supporting comprehension;
Other targeted areas of our speech pathologists include:
- Language development– increasing the length of sentences and improving the structure of such sentences by playing
- Fluency – the smoothness and flow of speech. The most common fluency disorder is stuttering. Our speech
pathologists work on ‘smooth speech’ techniques and by following the ‘Lidcombe’ program.
- Articulation – any disordered speech sounds by working from the individual speech sound through to phrase length.
The physiotherapist at Warringa Park School assesses and treats a variety of conditions that affect the physical function of students through enhancing learning in a fun way by encouraging movement.
Key areas of focus include: exercise programs, gait aids such as walkers and wheelchairs, manual handling, transfers and staff and student education.
The focus of movement therapy at Warringa Park School is to explore and have fun with all body movements. This exploration assists with the development of confidence, strength, coordination, balance, flexibility, spatial awareness and body awareness.
These developmental body movements include: rolling in all directions, commando crawling, classic crawling, knee walking, bear walking, squatting, rocking, climbing, reaching, pulling and pushing.
The advancement of such movements assist our students to develop and improve their skills in: bending, stretching, flexing, extending, twisting and turning, balance, coordination and functional movement.
Movement therapy sessions are conducted on a one on one basis in our Allied Health room with identified priority students across the school.
Café 11 is a school based café, designed to provide work experience for students in the Bethany Road Campus. It provides
learning outcomes for students in Literacy, Numeracy, Personal Development and Work Education.
Students practice skill development in the areas of:
- Food handling
- Kitchen hand duties
- Customer service
- Waiting on tables
- Money handling
- Work safety
Café 11 is a pathway to the hospitality certificate in years 11 and 12 and provides opportunities for students to seek employment. Café 11 is self-funded.
Families are encouraged to use the café and see their child at work.
Monday – Thursday
10:30 – 12:00
12:30 – 2:00
Muffins and hot food available
10:30 – 12:00
12:30 – 1:00
Biscuits and toasted sandwiches available.
Delicious daily specials are on offer every day.
Please book for afternoon visits.
The Student Wellbeing Team at Warringa Park School are dedicated to creating a positive and engaging school environment that promotes the health, wellbeing and learning of all students. Our team assist and empower students to achieve their full potential through the provision of personal development opportunities and support services including:
- Counselling & Mentoring
- Social and Emotional Learning
- Family Information and Referrals
- Health Provision & Education
- Transitions & Pathways
These school services can help students learn the competencies and skills they need to build resilience and effectively manage their emotions, behaviour and relationships with others. In turn, these support opportunities and programs optimise the wellbeing of students through all stages of their development so they can be healthy, happy, engaged and successful.
We know that there are strong links between wellbeing and school excellence. Not only can the provision of support services increase student mental health and wellbeing, but the impact can also be correlated to positive learning engagement, outcomes and future success. When a student is supported in their development they can connect, thrive and succeed in their learning to achieve their goals and prepare for future.
Our Student Wellbeing Team
The Student Wellbeing team work collaboratively with students, families, teachers, allied health and external community agencies to provide support services and personal developmental programs across all Warringa Park School campuses.
Assistant Principal | WELLBEING Caitriona Toland – Assistant Principal | INCLUSION
Assistant Principal | ENGAGEMENT
Assistant Principal | COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Michelle Bathan – NDIS Coordinator
Wellbeing Coordinator Later Years
Wellbeing Coordinator Upper and Lower Primary Years Amy Reid – Career Pathways