BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapist
Speech & Language Therapist
Natasha trained as a speech and language therapist at Newcastle University and has had various experiences working with children with special needs. At The Dales, Natasha supports pupils with speech, language and communication difficulties. She also works alongside class teams and therapy staff to ensure that the environment encourages every child to communicate.
B.A. (Hons) Children and Families: Child, Young People and Family Studies.
Anna has worked in early years settings before joining the Dales school in 2019. Anna has recently moved into a speech and language support role and has completed specialist training in the picture exchange communication system (PECS).
B.Sc. (Hons) Occupational Therapy, PgCert. Sensory Integration.
Deborah has joined The Dales School in 2019 as an OT with interest in Children's Mental health. She previously worked as an OT for 23 years, 19 of these years in specialist CAMHS/CYPS. Experiences and interests include: working with parents around managing sensory issues, ASD, ADHD presentations, anxiety, and managing challenging behaviour.
Speech and Language Teaching Assistant
B.A. (Hons) Music, M.A. Music Therapy
Emma trained as a Music Therapist at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has previously experience in a range of special schools and has recently relocated to the North East.
B.A. (Hons) Childhood Studies, M.Sc. Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Jill trained as a HLTA at Newcastle University. She has worked at the Dales School for 13 years. She started as a 1:1 support worker at East Hartford and also became a Family Learning Worker alongside the role of TA. She developed understanding and an enthusiasm towards meeting the sensory needs of the children and a therapeutic approach to learning. She is now working across The Dales as an Occupational Therapy Assistant.
Speech and Language Therapist
Ranelle works in school to meet the needs of pupils with speech and language difficulties. She works closely with other therapy staff and class teams to support The Dales School to be a communication friendly school for all children.
Sarah completed a Level 4 Foundation Degree in Children and Young People and has worked in a number of school settings; however, her passion is working with children with additional needs, especially focusing on speech and language skills. She works with Speech and Language therapists in school to ensure that children's individual speech and language needs are being met. She has also set up focus groups to meet pupils shared targets and develop social communication throughout the school. She has completed a number of training courses which include; PECS, SCERTS, Tacpac, Attention Autism, Portage Workshop, Autism Awareness and Moving and Handling. Sarah is also a trained in First Aid and is able to administer medication.