Blossom House School are committed to delivering therapy which is underpinned by recent research evidence. In addition to this, the school continually strive to improve the quality of the therapy delivered to pupils through the use of robust outcome measures. As part of this ethos, the Speech and Language Therapy department have recently presented posters at two Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) conferences.
In September 2019 Charlotte Phillips and Laura Douglas presented a poster on self-advocacy at the RCSLT Annual Conference in Nottingham. Please follow the link to read this here.
In July 2018 Laura Douglas and Aoife Casey presented a poster titled ‘Measuring the impact of Attention Autism on children’s attention skills based on a pilot study the school conducted. Please click the link here to find out more.
There are also two RCLST ‘research champions’ within the staff team and the team have access to a clinical academic mentor who works with the school when designing research studies. The school have also forged links with City University London and the University of the Arts; supporting with recruitment of participants for research studies into Developmental Language Disorder and also with designing new user friendly interfaces for high-tech alternative and augmentative communication devices. There is also currently a staff member on sabbatical who is completing an MSc level qualification specialising in child and adolescent mental health.
The school have a designated Research Lead who regularly appraises up to date evidence and shares this with the team.