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Multi Disciplinary Team - how we work together to achieve excellence in special needs education

Our Multidisciplinary Approach

Within the Eagle House Group, all teachers, support assistants, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists and other therapists (including music therapy) work together as an integrated multidisciplinary team.

Our multidisciplinary approach is a partnership approach where all those involved with the child/young person for a particular issue. Whether it is curriculum planning or delivery, target setting, behaviour management etc, our Team works in partnership each giving their own unique contribution and providing a seamless, 'joined up' approach by bringing a team around the individual.

 Music Therapy

Our multidisciplinary approach ensures:

  • that the child is at the heart of everything
  • working in a holistic manner
  • collaborative working amongst all staff and families/carers
  • professional input within the classroom and the natural environment
  • professionals work effectively as a seamless communicative team
  • professionals work with one common aim
  • working with shared goals, ideas, knowledge and targets
  • a joint and creative problem solving approach
  • professional input embedded throughout the curriculum

PODD ® (Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display)

At Eagle House Group, we have incorporated PODD ® in to the very fabric of our day. Why? Because we understand that it is well recognised that individuals with autism are severly challenged by their difficulties with language and communication. It is documented that between 30 - 50% of individuals on the autistic spectrum will never have spoken language adequate enough for their daily needs.

The use of alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) is now widely accepted and used as a means for facilitating language and communication for individuals with autism. The use of visual aids, in particular, have been found to be beneficial in supporting the understanding, transition and expression of language for those with difficulties in these areas.

PODD ® communication books have been recognised as a promising practice for enhancing the communication capabilities of individuals with autism (Porter & Cafiero 2009). This is supported by a growing body of research and significant anecdotal evidence which indicate that PODD ® provides appropriate visual support for developing receptive and expressive language for individuals with autism. There is also growing evidence that there can be a significant reduction in problematic behaviours in individuals through the effective use of PODD ®.