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.
PLAY THERAPY & CLINICAL SUPERVISION
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 & CREATIVE ARTS THERAPY
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:
Trauma / Abuse
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 email@example.com or via the PTUK register Play Therapy UK (PTUK) - Play Therapy where you will also find more information about Play and Creative Arts Therapy.