Donard School

A Bridge to Learning

22a Castlewellan Road, Banbridge, County Down BT32 4XY

028 4066 2357

Speech and Language Therapy Update

February 2022

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Therapy Provision

Physio Resouces - April 2020

The files below contain resources from the school physiotherapy team.

 core stability.pdfDownload
 Gross Motor skills- overview (002).pdfDownload
 Side lying activities.pdfDownload
 Tummy Time.pdfDownload
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Physio Resouces - April 2020

The files below contain resources from the school physiotherapy team.

 Joe Wicks Workout.pdfDownload
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Therapy Links - April 2020

Hi everyone,

Hope you are keeping safe and well at home. We miss all of your children’s little faces!

We want to help you at home as much as we can. We have already been speaking to lots of you individually by phone and have sent out individually tailored resources to those who have asked.

We have now also pulled together some useful links and videos that you might find useful.

Victoria, Aisling and Lisa


If anyone is on pinterest we have a pinterest page with useful activity ideas and advice. More should be uploaded soon.

Our page is CYPSLT.


PECS Users

Easter PECS - We have now sent Easter pecs symbols to lots of you by post. I have attached it again below in case you didn’t get it.

Video 1 – how to get started

Video 2  – how to progress as your child starts to get it -

Video 3  – once your child has the hang of exchanging a picture, begin to increase how far they have to travel to you -


Pixon/Communciation book/board and Device users

Easter and Spring Pixon fringe strips  we have sent these out to most of you. I have attached a copy below in case you didn’t get it.

Video 1 – the importance of modelling vocabulary to your child on their board/device (this is called AIDED LANGUAGE STIMULATION) -        


Video 2  - example of aided language stimulation -

Targetting specific core vocabulary – I have attached below some specific activity idea for working on go/stop, like, want, help, again and more.


Makaton users

Check out for useful information and signs


Other Useful websites



We have attached a list of communication apps that you might find useful


Coming soon

Over the coming weeks we hope to upload some videos of us using PECS, pixon boards and Makaton for various activities.

Please let us know if you would like to see any activities in particular.

 Core Vocabulary WOW collection.pdfDownload
 Easter PECS.pdfDownload
 spring and easter pixon_.pdfDownload
 Useful apps.pdfDownload
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Therapy Resources

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all keeping safe and well in this strange new situation we find ourselves in! I know it will be a challenge to keep your little ones entertained over the coming weeks so I wanted to share some activities and strategies with you to try at home which will hopefully help! Over the next few weeks I will be uploading relevant information, activities and ideas for you on the school website. If you have any specific requests please get in touch. Stay safe everyone!

Best Wishes Vickie

(Occupational Therapist)

 animal walks.pdfDownload
 benefits of chores.pdfDownload
 Sensory Motor Activities.pdfDownload
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Therapy Provision

Donard Therapy Team

Donard Therapy Team will be available if you need our help or support at this challenging time. The SLTs, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists will be based in Trust facilities when the school is closed.

Contact numbers are provided below - leave a message for us if we are not available, and we will get in touch as soon as we can.

Keep safe over the coming weeks.

Best wishes

SLT Team – Victoria Henning, Aisling Hanna, Lisa Toal (contact 028 38613107 Child Development Clinic)

Occupational Therapy Team – Vickie Craig, Lisa Smylie (contact 07774792610)

Physiotherapy Team – Dianne Rollins (contact 028 38613107 Child Development Clinic)

Other useful numbers

NRS (Approved wheelchair repairers) – 02892672888

SHSCT Estates - 02837563765