What is the role of a transdisciplinary team and what are the benefits
Transdisciplinary teams (TDT) are collaborative groups used in both healthcare and education, designed to address the comprehensive needs of individuals, particularly children and young people (CYPs).
The key objectives of TDTs in educational settings include improving CYPs' access to learning and development by understanding their daily challenges, cognitive, emotional, social development, and overall well-being.
Collaborative efforts with teaching staff and other professionals to implement effective strategies and provide targeted clinical input.
Engages with external clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, and other healthcare professionals.
Recovery curriculum role:
Essential in assessing and delivering a curriculum for students returning to onsite education, addressing setbacks due to prolonged absences.
By aligning occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, psychology and family liaison within transdisciplinary embedded approaches, the team ensures that every aspect of a student’s development is catered for in a comprehensive and effective manner.
Speech and language therapy (SaLT)
Our SaLTs provide support in relation to:
Expressive communication – using objects, pictures/ symbols, signs, words
Understanding of information (receptive communication) – speech, pictures/ symbols, objects
Social interaction and engagement
Occupational therapy (OT)
Our OTs provide support in relation to:
Self-care skills (toileting, using cutlery, dressing skills etc)
Fine motor skills (drawing, using scissors etc)
Our Psychology team supports in relation to:
Understanding emotions through self-regulation and co-regulation
Positive, proactive and collaborative, co-produced solutions to barriers for learning
Transitions, changes and aspirations
Our Family Liaison Manager supports in relation to:
Facilitates communication and builds relationships
Support for home (sleep, toileting)
Benefits of the Sybil Elgar School transdisciplinary approach
Educational barriers are identified through collective thinking.
Recognizing CYPs' strengths, interests, wishes, and aspirations.
Sharing of knowledge, skills, and decision-making.