'Students make strong progress in managing their personal anxieties and emotional barriers to learning'
When students are happy, confident and well equipped to manage the day-to-day challenges of life, they thrive academically.
Many students who come to ASPIRE have been out of education for extended periods of time and can be suffering from low self-esteem as a result of negative experiences they’ve had within the education system in the past.
Through the holistic, therapeutic approach we take to learning, we help students to integrate into school and make positive progress in every aspect of their development.
Speech and Language Therapy [SALT]
Erryn has a degree in Speech Language Therapy and Pathology (Msc) from Manchester Metropolitan University. Erryn is registered with both the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Health and Care Professions Council. Erryn started working for Speakeasy Therapy in February 2018 after previously working within the NHS, working in nurseries, mainstream primary, secondary and specialist schools with children with Developmental Language Disorder, Speech Sound Disorders and speech, language and communication needs. Erryn has special interests in supporting those with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Condition, Language Disorder and Social Emotional, Mental Health needs.
Erryn enjoys making all aspects of therapy functional and individualised to the student, whether that is to support their school work, their relationships with peers or their ability to access their local community. She does this by using her extensive knowledge of a variety of evidenced based approaches.
Erryn prides herself on the excellent working relationships that she builds with young people and their key adults, meaning her sessions can both be fun and productive for the child / young person.
Occupational Therapy [OT]
Fiona is a highly skilled Occupational Therapist with postgraduate training in Sensory Integration therapy. Fiona has years of experience of working with children and young people with complex needs with a special interest in Autistic Spectrum Condition and co-ordination difficulties, such as dyspraxia and developmental co-ordination disorder.
Fiona works holistically considering both the person and the environment when looking for ways to facilitate the best outcomes for the young people and their families. She is able to offer help and advice for problems at school such as handwriting difficulties, attention and arousal level, organisational skills and difficulties with changing for PE to mention just a few.
Holly [Therapy Dog]
Our therapy dog, Holly, is a very popular member of staff at the learning centre. Students love taking Holly for a walk if they just need a little time away from the classroom or are feeling anxious or nervous.
She’s also a great listener and many students love chatting to Holly and reading her a book. It’s been wonderful to see the students actively caring for Holly too – they help book her vet appointments, make sure she gets fed and even take her to the hairdressers!