Mrs Hannah Mellor - Speech and Language Therapist (Therapy Lead)*
I am a Senior Speech and Language Therapist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I qualified as a speech and language therapist in 2011 and since this time have worked in a variety of mainstream and specialist settings with children aged from 5 to 19. I developed an interest in autism and joined the team at Grange Park in 2017.
My role is to support staff and families to meet our pupils’ speech, language and communication needs. I assess and deliver interventions on a one-to-one, small group or classroom basis as appropriate. I also oversee implementation of the SCERTS framework and The Zones of Regulation to support pupils’ social communication and emotional regulation development.
Miss Sarah Gorry - Art Therapist*
I am the Art Therapist at Grange Park, working in the school for one day a week on a consultancy basis. I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT).
I studied Art Therapy at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and qualified in 2018. I work with young people across Kent. Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy where art can be used as a means of expression and communication. Art Therapy can help pupils to explore feelings and thoughts that can be confusing and hard to put into words. Pupils have the opportunity to express themselves using materials including paints, clay, and pencils on an individual basis.
Ms Ellen Griffiths - Consultant Speech and Language Therapist*
Mrs Amy Lettington - Consultant Speech and Language Therapist*
I have been practising as a Speech and Language Therapist for 11 years, working both within the NHS and in private practice. I joined Grange Park School in 2017. Throughout my career I have supported
families and children in their homes and in school, and worked in a range of education settings as well Autism and related disorders diagnostic teams. I am also a qualified primary teacher.
During my time at Grange Park I have supported with introducing the SCERTS curriculum which is now a well-established framework in school. I enjoy running staff and parent training, including the Cygnet course. Recently I have found running the Understanding Me Programme, which supports pupils to understand their Autism Diagnosis, very rewarding.
Grange Park has given me the opportunity to work as part of a highly skilled and experienced therapy team. It has also given me the opportunity to work with, and support inspiring young people with Autism.
Mrs Laura Doran - SALT Assistant
I have been working at Grange Park for 3 years. I started off as a Learning mentor and in 2018 I was appointed to the role of a Therapy Assistant. I really enjoy being part of the Therapy Team.
I help run and organise Detective Club, Girls and Boys Group and Life Skills Club at lunch times.
I run therapy Interventions at the secondary and primary schools including Lego Therapy, The Zones of Regulation Curriculum and the Social Thinking Programme.
I contribute to the SCERTs assessment process and support the therapy team with delivering training.
A big part of my role is working with teaching staff to create a communication friendly environment throughout the school.
Since joining Grange Park I have really enjoy connecting with the pupils and helping them develop their communication skills.
I am a full time mum to two boys, we love to go on walks with our dog Maisy.
Mrs Jo Looney - SALT Assistant*
When I joined Grange Park in 2017 my role was initially split between working as a Learning Mentor and a Therapy Assistant. As a Learning Mentor for Year 7 I was able to gain experience and knowledge supporting students in the classroom. These students are now in Year 10 and I have enjoyed being able to follow their progress throughout the school.
As an assistant to the Therapy Team I have been able to contribute to creating a school environment suited to our autistic students and their communication needs. I took a year of maternity leave in 2018 and returned last year to continue as a Therapy Assistant part time.
I help to prepare and deliver therapy-led lunch clubs and interventions including Lego Therapy, Study Skills, Understanding Me and Drawing and Talking Therapy. I enjoy working with students in small groups and individually to help them meet their specific targets and develop their social communication skills.
I also support staff with the SCERTs assessment process and delivering the Zones of Regulation curriculum to our students.
Nearly all of my spare time is taken up by my daughter who is just about to enter the terrible twos!
Mr Sam Lewis – Consultant Occupational Therapist *
Mrs Sarah Macintyre- Consultant Occupational Therapist *
I am an Occupational Therapist who has worked with young people with additional needs for over 20 years, specialising in helping those on the autistic spectrum. I have worked in the NHS in community paediatric roles, as well as in schools and clinics.
For the last six years I have been an independent consultant working with children at a range of both special and mainstream schools and colleges, and I also deliver training to educational staff and parents. I particularly enjoy working with the Grange Park staff and my therapy colleagues to introduce programmes such as the Zones of Regulation - which is now an integral part of Grange Park life.
I love working at Grange Park and I am passionate about developing my students' confidence and life skills to their full potential.
* indicates part-time staff