Meet the Therapists
Here is some information on the therapy teams that visit the children at Manor Mead. Please feel free to contact the teams by phoning into school or sending a message via the home-school book.
Speech and Language Therapy (SLT)
Jo Wadey Natasha Marlow Jack Davies Carley Aristide
Jo Wadey is our team lead while Kate Bramley is away on maternity leave, and is supported by Natasha Marlow (SLT), Jack Davies (SLT) and Carley Aristide (SLT assistant). Another therapist, Lucy will be starting with us in October. You can contact the team sending a message via your child’s home-school book or teacher, or by phoning or emailing.
If your child is in Blue Class or Pink Class or you want to discuss swallowing concerns for any child in the school then please contact Jo (Joanna.Wadey@surreycc.gov.uk).
If your child is in Green, Red, Purple or Rainbow 2 then please contact Natasha (Natasha Marlow@surreycc.gov.uk)
If your child is in White or Rainbow 1 then please contact Jack (Jack.Davies@surreycc.gov.uk)
If your child is in Yellow or Orange then your therapist will be Lucy but please contact Jo in the meantime and Lucy will send her contact details once she has started. The team will all offer support for Yellow and Orange classes until Lucy is up and running so the children will not miss out on input.
The team work closely with the class teams to embed communication strategies in all lessons and ensuring that all students can communicate to the best of their abilities in social activities. We want to ensure each student has an effective way of communicating and they have reasons and opportunities to communicate. This will happen through the team spending time in classes supporting the staff and students, offering training, working with the school senior leadership team and problem solving as needs arise. We are guided by the children’s EHCPs but we are very much needs led and offer support tailored to the student’s current needs.
Occupational Therapy (OT)
Lindsay Trumble Laurel Benfield Rebecca Pickering
The OT team are in school one day each week. The OT service can support specialist educational settings to develop a ‘whole school’ approach to delivering occupational therapy. This involves the OT team working with the educational setting to facilitate incorporation of OT strategies, advice and activities as part of whole school and whole class practise. This enables the whole school population to access OT to enhance participation in daily activities as part of their daily routines.
We provide universal support which can be accessed through training, workshops and link sessions arranged through meetings with the Therapists when they visit the school and through joint working as part of the school routine to share practices and approaches.
In addition, the website; www.childrenshealthsurrey.nhs.uk has resources to support school and parents.
The OT team run a functional and sensory workshop for all parents once a year at Manor Mead school. Please look out for details of these in the school newsletter.
If parents have any queries regarding OT please discuss these with your class teacher.
Lesley Gray Simon Tuomey
Lesley is the lead therapist and your main contact for any queries about your child’s therapy input; this includes questions around equipment used to support their posture in sitting, standing or walking. Lesley is in 2 days a week and can be contacted via your child’s home-school book or by e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org
Simon is the Physiotherapy Assistant within our team. Simon started working at Manor Mead in March 2020 and joins Lesley 2 days a week in school.
If your child is referred to the physiotherapy team, an assessment is completed to inform the setting of goals and provision of a physiotherapy programme. The physiotherapy team provide training, guidance and support to staff at the school in regards to therapeutic handling and use of equipment as well implementation of therapy programmes that are incorporated into the school day.
We work with external agencies to provide a range of clinics at school where possible; these can include Wheelchair clinic, Lycra clinic and Orthotics.
Further information on our service and resources to support school and parents can be found on our website; www.childrenshealthsurrey.nhs.uk