Therapies

Daniela Fasciolo–Barnes
Head of Well-Being and Co-ordinator of Therapies

Daniela has many years of SEN experience and has been involved with Headstart for 18 years. Daniela is a fully qualified teacher, has studied Applied Behaviour Analysis and has an MSc in Psychology. Daniela offers individualised support to both our young people and staff.

We provide an environment that our young people can thrive in. The individualised therapeutic programmes are integrated into every aspect of how staff work with each of our young people. They are supported by our therapeutic team of specialists and offer excellent support and strategies for our pupils.

Our ethos of positive reinforcement builds self-esteem and encourages and supports appropriate behaviour. We have a small mini-farm and an equine centre on site where young people are encouraged to interact and work with the animals. This increases self-esteem and improves empathy.

We offer a multitude of individualised therapeutic input to each of our young people. Through Art, Music, Mindfulness, Equine work and having a safe space to talk, our young people are supported holistically to become the best versions of themselves.

Pupils are assessed over the first twelve weeks of arrival in school and provision required from the EHCP is arranged.

Daniela will ensure the right therapeutic supports are put in place for each young person.
At Headstart we can offer:

• Individualised and therapeutically informed goals
• An individual behaviour support plan to include therapeutic strategies
• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
• Mindfulness Training
• Occupational Therapy input into sensory strategies
• Sensory circuits
• Speech and Language Therapy
• Makaton
• Social Use of Language programmes
• Applied Behaviour Analysis interventions
• Lego therapy
• Talk time
• And any other therapy that we believe is beneficial to the young person

We also have within our team
• Educational Psychologist
• Clinical Psychologist
• Occupational Therapist
• Speech and Language Therapist
• Behaviour Analyst

Our Senco Rhonda Robinson is also highly experienced and works closely with Daniela in monitoring our EHCP provision and liaising with therapists and staff in ensuring our students receive the best input possible.

She works closely with the teaching staff to ensure students needs are met.

Rhonda worked as an Advisor for years within schools as part of the Communication, Learning and Autism Support Service (CLASS).

She offered support, assessment, training in the areas of Autism, Speech, Language and Communication needs, Dyslexia, Numeracy and Assistive Technology in the Primary, Secondary, post 16 and Independent sector.

She is a Specialist Teacher of both Dyslexia and Speech, Language and Communication needs and is an asset to our team and continues to offer this support throughout the school.