Secondary School

One of the team talks about her work in a mainstream secondary school and in a specialist unit

One day a week I am based in a school for students with behavioural, social and emotional needs. I discuss referrals with staff, then I meet with the young person to talk a little about therapy. We might try out some instruments, explore music aps on the ipad or play along to a favourite CD or download. I’ll identify objectives and contribute to overall individual planning and school reviews.

My other day is spent working mainly with students who attend a specialist unit. These students all have communication difficulties, often as a result of Asperger’s Syndrome or high functioning autism. We work together using music to creatively express feelings. Sometimes we work on specific social skills, such as listening or turn taking in conversations. The students seem to find the sessions very relaxing, a chance to be themselves in a busy school environment.

I also work with referrals from the rest of the school, particularly with students who are experiencing emotional difficulties – this may be to support someone for short-term work, for example, a student who has been bereaved, or a looked-after child.