The voice of specialist further education


Therapy forms a significant part of the inter-disciplinary approach taken in specialist colleges.

Measuring the Outcomes of Therapy Toolkit

Finding suitable tools to use with young people with learning difficulties and / or disabilities can be a challenge for therapists working in the specialist FE sector. Our students’ progress can be significant but often comes in the form of very small steps. At the same time, it is vitally important that therapists are able to demonstrate the impact and value of therapy to a number of different stakeholders.

Natspec’s outcome measurement toolkit, developed by therapists from across our member colleges, provides some key resources to help measure the outcomes of therapy for students with SEND.

Posters from the Natspec Therapy Conference 2021

Remote Therapy

TechAbility produced a webinar about remote therapy during the coronavirus pandemic, with input from Kate Boot (Oakwood Court College) and Martha Currie (Mable Therapy).

Therapists may also be interested in a webinar session Kate hosted entitled Creating and Adapting Resources for Teletherapy.

Therapy Conference 2020

A recording of the 2020 Natspec Therapy Conference which included the following topics:

  • Barriers faced by therapists working in ISCs in evidencing the impact of their support (Kate Duggan)
  • National audit of therapists in ISCs (Sally Edwards, Natspec Associate)
  • Using telepractice to assess sensory processing difficulties in people with learning disabilities and behaviours of concern (Rachel Johnson, Seashell)
  • Supporting a college-wide approach to total communication (Caroline Gosling, Seashell)
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