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Occupational Therapist

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The Deaf Academy employs a full-time Occupational Therapist, Michele Jones. Post-college years, Michele gained experience in various care settings before completing an NVQ Level 4 in Child Management. Wanting to further her work with children and professional development, Michele then spent three-years at University before becoming a fully qualified Occupational Therapist.

Occupational Therapist Support

As the Academy’s Occupational Therapist, Michele will work closely with you if you have any mental health difficulties, medical conditions, physical or learning disabilities. The aim of an Occupational Therapist is to promote independence and support individuals to thrive, achieving their potential. Michele can support you with everyday tasks and provide advice and guidance on how to adapt to changes in your every day life in order to overcome practical problems. 

Michele works with students across the Academy in school, college and residence. Wanting to promote your independence, Occupational Therapists implement a wide range of functional activities to support development such as providing specialist seating to allow a student to function, providing specialist cutlery to allow them to independently cut up food, providing sensory exercises to ensure arousal levels are at the optimum level ready for learning and teaching students how to use their wheelchairs both in the Academy and wider community.  

As the Occupational Therapist, Michele’s work with our students ensures they can achieve tasks that are meaningful to them, individually; yet also gain support to master tasks they may find more challenging.  Michele provides training and advice for parents/carers and staff at the Academy on how to support students in different environments and the appropriate equipment and programmes of work to use in order to support functional skills and learning. Working in partnership with staff, parents/carers and other professionals facilitates a better quality of life for Academy students.