Janine's focus is on supporting the social, emotional and behavioural wellbeing of our students so they are positively engaged and progressing with their learning programmes. She works in collaboration with classroom staff, the therapy team and whānau to provide assessment, offer advice and guidance, develop individual plans, and work alongside staff to implement and monitor interventions. Janine also helps to deliver Team-Teach training, a positive behaviour support programme, for all staff at Fairhaven.
Miona uses music and musical elements in holistic, goal-oriented and individualised ways with students to "...assist with the healing and personal growth of people with identified emotional, intellectual, physical or social needs" (Music Therapy NZ, 2011). She uses a range of instruments, and singing or vocalising to engage and motivate students. Focusing on our students’ strengths is Miona’s forte.
Jenny focuses on the physical abilities of the students at Fairhaven School. By using different equipment and tailored individualised programmes she promotes functional ability and integrates this into the classroom setting. Jenny has a special interest in gait (or walking) and using correct orthotics to get the best walking pattern possible. Jenny is also interested in riding of the disabled and hydrotherapy.
Molly and Ellen's work promotes our students well-being and independence. Therapy may include developing programmes around activities of daily living and personal cares; development of hand function and fine motor skills; sensory processing and visual perceptual skills. They assesses for and provide specialist equipment and assistive technology to support students’ access to the curriculum.
Nicole works within Fairhaven School to assess and plan programmes for developing communication and eating and drinking skills. Our aim is for students to increase their independence and to enable them to have a voice. Through our work, our students are successful in using a variety of low and high tech communication systems for their everyday lives.