Prue is a speech pathologist with almost 20 years of experience in special education settings.
At Fisher Road, Prue collaborates with the classroom teachers to develop communication goals and to support each student's communication development across all environments within the school.
As part of the Communication Team, Prue also looks at Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for the whole school and how each student accesses communication.
Prue frequently runs training sessions (such as Key Word Sign) at Fisher Road and supports students with feeding difficulties. Prue liaises with external therapists and works collaboratively with the other members of the Fisher Road Therapy team.
Music Therapist - Anita Connell
Anita leads the music therapy program at Fisher Road.
Music Therapy takes place in small groups and focuses on enhancing levels of attention, emotional understanding and regulation, communication and self-expression and extending social interactions. All through the medium of music.
Anita utilises clinical improvisation in her work, grounded in the Nordoff & Robbins music therapy approach to support improvements in health and wellbeing.
She also runs her own private practice, Tuned In Music Therapy offering individual and group programs funded by the NDIS.
Physiotherapy Therapist - Charlotte Brooks
As the Physiotherapist at Fisher Road I want to ensure that every student reaches their full mobility potential and is comfortable and pain free where mobility is compromised.
This might mean assisting with mobility aids; working on goal driven tasks with individual children; strength, balance and coordination exercises or passive range of movement exercises to prevent contractures; assisting staff in the classroom with any specific physio related concerns etc.
Fitness and exercise tolerance is also important for cardio/ respiratory function and I love assisting with group fitness sessions and making use of the wonderful outdoor areas of Fisher Road School.
The Hydrotherapy pool is a fantastic medium for me to be able to take children into to work on all aspects of movement.
Most of all I aim to show children that movement is fun and to help build body confidence and functional skills.
Occupational Therapists (OTs) help children take part in their lives to the best of their ability. Occupational therapists work with children and adolescents to help them achieve their daily occupations, which may include self-care, school and play. By focusing on these key areas, OT’s help children in developing confidence, self-esteem, social skills and general wellbeing.
In order for a child to take part in daily occupations, they require concentration so they can learn and complete the activities, motor and perceptual skills so they can control and coordinate themselves, and the ability for their mind to be calm and focused so that they can help.
I work with the students to help them to participate, become more independent and more skilful in these areas.