Play Therapy is a form of child counselling. Because the child's world of play is their natural way of communicating, the play therapist enters their play world to communicate with them and to help them understand and resolve any psychological and psycho-social challenges e.g. trauma, separation of parents, loss of a loved one, chronic illness, etc. In play therapy, students are able to express their experiences and feelings through a natural, self-guided and self-healing process. Students will be helped towards healthier and better social integration, growth and development.
This focuses on the physical abilities of the students at Goldfields School. By using different equipment and tailored individualised programmes promotes functional ability and integrates this into the classroom setting. This is a special interest in gait (or walking) and using correct orthotics to get the best walking pattern possible.
The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable students to participate in the activities of everyday life. Our occupational therapists achieve this outcome by enabling students to do things that will enhance their ability to participate or by modifying the environment to better support participation.
Speech and Language Therapy
These therapists work within Goldfields School to assess and plan programmes for developing communication and eating and drinking skills. Our aim for our 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.
Art and Music Specialists
Using music and arts 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). Our specialists sing or vocalise, use a range of instruments, a variety of materials and textures to engage and motivate students’ to actively participate.