Using the Integrated Service model and the Visual Performing Arts Program the Therapist role at MSIS is to assist teachers to promote the development and acquisition of skills necessary for functional performance.
MSIS uses the services of an Occupational Therapist when needed. Occupational Therapy is concerned with promoting functional ability, health and wellbeing through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable students to participate in the activities of everyday life as independently as possible. This may be through improving the child’s skills or it may be through improving the environment in which the child is expected to function e.g. prescribing special toilet seats or hand rails.
When required MSIS will use our speech pathologists through an integrated service delivery model, whereby they will work alongside teachers, assistants, other therapists and families to develop the students’ understanding and use of language in all daily activities. They will also support us via staff training and mealtime assistance programs.
MSIS will work with the student, their families and therapists to determine the best communication strategies for the individual.
MSIS will use specially trained physiotherapists where appropriate to cater for the needs of your child. Teachers, parents or carers will use the skills gained from our Physiotherapist to develop your child’s ability to perform everyday tasks.
Our Physiotherapist where appropriate at MSIS works in conjunction with other health professionals to meet all of your child’s needs in a thorough and comprehensive way. This includes referrals to other health professionals when appropriate.
MSIS will have access to a school psychologist who is involved in advising in the management of student behaviour. They work with staff and parents to assist in providing strategies for what is developmentally appropriate for each child. They are also able to use standard tests to measure and quantify gains. Counselling is also offered to parents. When needed you and your child will have available to them the use of the schools psychologist.
Having a child with a disability can often be challenging at MSIS we understand this and will provide you, your family and your child contact with a social worker where appropriate. Primarily, the Social Worker works with students and their families to assist in the many additional tasks associated with having a child with a disability.
Many families require information about what services and support is available and how to access services. The Social Worker acts as the link between the school, those external services, and the family.
A Social Worker also advises and plans for student management when needed in relation to behaviour and welfare issues and assists staff at MSIS with strategies for assisting your child reach their full potential.
Art therapy at MSIS addresses the emotional and developmental needs of the individual child through the combination of the art activity and therapy relationship. In art therapy the child’s social interaction and engagement are observed and programs designed in response to individual presentations to assist development and encourage the curiosity to discover and learn. The emphasis within art therapy is on self-expression. Art therapy is delivered to small groups and when needed in one on one sessions.
Music Therapy at MSIS offers opportunities for physical, cognitive and emotional stimulation and self-expression and facilitates social integration and enables communication. Outcomes are not related to skill acquisition or musical products such as performances, songs and recordings although these often eventuate and can be an integral part of the therapeutic process.
Music activities, used as interventions, are undertaken with individuals and/or small groups and include singing, song writing, and free improvisation, playing instruments, relaxation to music, multi-sensory programs and inter-disciplinary collaborations.
Music therapy also offers diversion from discomfort, inactivity or routine and is an aesthetic experience. A spirit of trust is fostered through the work where relationship building and social skills form the backbone of communication through music