Touch Therapy is a pioneering creative movement programme for individuals with learning disabilities. Dilys Price OBE, an art of movement and dance specialist, founded Touch Trust in 1996.

We are very fortunate to have a well-trained and enthusiastic team of staff at Ysgol Y Deri who are committed to delivering high quality sessions for pupils who require it. It is a true reflection of this hard work and dedication that we have been awarded Centre of Excellence in Touch Therapy status.

Sessions take place in our designated Touch Therapy room, which has an integrated sound and light system that enhances the experience for all who take part.

At YYD Touch Therapy gives pupils opportunities for relaxation, positive communication, empathy and wellbeing and uses all the senses to establish a sense of worth and enjoyment. It also develops the skills of observation, assessment and adaptation in staff.

Each session covers the following areas:

All of this is done through a holistic sensory programme, carefully constructed on the one hand, but always with the Touch Trust mantra "where they are is right."

  • Physical development - rolling, balancing, grasping, looking, hearing, making sounds, body awareness, body image, body actions, and focus.

  • Emotional development – being praised, communicating, relaxing, expressing, enjoying, and making choices

  • Social development - recognising another, recognising being part of a group, communicating, connecting, taking part, taking turns, and being appreciated.



Ysgol Y Deri is committed to supporting staff wellbeing.

Working with children who have health conditions and/or complex emotional and behavioural difficulties can impact staff members and the way they work, sometimes without even realising.

Clinical supervision supports staff wellbeing by providing a confidential space where they have time to think. A space where they can reflect, process and explore events verbally and/or creatively without judgement or bias.

This might include working relationships with pupils and/or staff or personal matters which impact the way they work.

It provides staff with an opportunity to clarify what is evoked, their reactions to this experience and then look at solutions to meet their own needs and their pupils.

Clinical supervision supports staff to continuously develop themselves and the way they work with their pupils, whilst protecting their own wellbeing. 

Clinical supervision can prevent secondary trauma.



Play and Creative Arts Therapy supports pupils at Ysgol Y Deri who are experiencing emotional distress or behaviour’s which could be detrimental to their development, mental wellbeing and education.

Confidential sessions are held weekly where the Therapist supports the child to make sense of their life experiences and to express difficult feelings through the metaphors of play.


Play and Creative Arts Therapy is a structured, theoretically based approach to therapy that builds on the natural communicative and learning processes of children. Therapists strategically utilise play and creative arts to help children express what is troubling them when they do not, or cannot, verbalise and express their thoughts and feelings.

Therapists help children learn more adaptive behaviours and the positive relationship that develops between the therapist and child during sessions can provide a corrective emotional experience necessary for healing.



The referral and assessment process allows a holistic approach to be taken by liaising and supporting parents/families and staff working with the pupil.

Below are some of the reasons a pupil might be referred:

  • Bereavement

  • Parent Separation

  • Social/emotional difficulties

  • Low confidence/Self-esteem

  • Trauma / Abuse

  • Selective Mutism

  • Withdrawn / Anxiety disorder

  • Behavioural difficulties:  -    Externalised such as anger, aggression                                                                                     -     Internalised, such as being withdrawn / anxiety


Laura Asafu-Adjaye is our Registered Play and Creative Arts Therapist. She can be contacted at or via the PTUK register Play Therapy UK (PTUK) - Play Therapy where you will also find more information about Play and Creative Arts Therapy.


Holistic Sound Therapies

With Cheryl Galea (Holistic Sound Practitioner)

Sound Therapy is one of the holistic therapies offered  student’s at Ysgol Y Deri. Many of the interventions within Ysgol Y Deri are via a referral system. Referrals are made on a need’s led basis and assessed by therapist as an appropriate course of intervention. 

Sound Therapy uses music and sounds to improve our wellbeing. We use audible sound vibrations to improve health and reduce stress. Sound Therapy can reduce anxieties levels by listening to music, meditating and playing an instrument. 


The health benefits include:

  •      Stress reduction

  •      Decreased anxiety and depression

  •      Improved memory

  •      Reduced blood pressure

  •      Pain reduction 


Benefits of Sound Therapy:

Sound Therapy uses different aspects of sound to improve our emotional and physical wellbeing, our Sound Therapy sessions are experienced on a one to one or as a small group session.  

Our sessions involve sitting or lying down while listening to music or sounds from vibrational instruments. Pupils are encouraged to participate by singing, moving, even using a musical instrument, or by remaining still and quiet to let the sounds take effect. 


What we do in a session:

Sessions take place in a Therapy room or in our adapted class rooms. Each pupil learns to listen and play our vibrational instrument. The sessions last from 30-45 minutes. 

Sound Baths Include:

  •      Gongs 

  •      Tibetan singing bowls 

  •      Chimes and bells 

  •      Tuning forks 

  •      Drums 

  •      Xylophones 

  •      Rain sticks 


In Sound Therapy Sessions a variety of vibrational instruments are used. To reduce the effects of stress and promote relaxation which has been shown to have many health benefits. 


Colour Therapy may be incorporated into Sound sessions through the use of coloured lights and colourful therapy beds with brightly coloured bedding.