Barrowmore school @ iMap


Each student has the opportunity, through a range of therapies, to increase their self-confidence, improve communication skills and relationships and become the person they can be. We have a number of therapeutic support services that can be accessed on site or in the community. These include:

Individual approaches to using music and art.

At iMap students can access music and art as part of their individual curriculum. Our young people experience music improvised uniquely for them and we encourage them to respond using their body, voice and instruments. Improvisational music-making is very personal and immediate, there are no "right" or "wrong" notes and it encourages the student to find their own personal voice.

Art is incorporated in to our curriculum to support their communication. It can help many of our young people as it encourages them to lead and introduce their own issues.

Art Therapy

Art Therapy uses art materials as its primary mode of communication. It can help many of our young people as it encourages them to lead and introduce their own issues. It helps them to converse with the therapist about how they feel about and react to the world without having to talk. This in turn can help the therapist to understand an individual's actions or behaviour and ultimately to change behaviours.

Positive Behaviour Support 

Purpose of Positive Behaviour Support:

  • At iMap we deliver assistance in each service (Children’s & Adults) in the design and implementation of sound positive behavioural support strategies.

  • At iMap we provide support to all staff to implement positive behavioural support strategies for all of our Service Users.

  • To understand the communicative function of behaviour and design support plans which aim to develop skills for an individual to meet needs appropriately and independently.  Plans are designed so that individuals can develop transferrable skills.

  • Person centred approaches / discussions which take into account the individual and their specific needs (Autism specific approach).  Enabling support staff to understand the Autistic needs of individuals, once Autistic considerations have been taken into account, we, as a team can then plan and support from a person centred approach.

  •  To enable evidence based approaches which are incorporated from the very start of any planning discussions.

Planning considerations for an individual:

  • Historical Information
  • Functional & Supportive Environmental Considerations
  • Medical Information
  • Risk Awareness
  • Monitoring Information

An Overview:

A person centred approach is paramount in our planning.  The individual’s Wellbeing is at the heart of our planning process.  We draw on many sources to help to plan and design strategies through a community circle approach.  We aim to collate and review the information prior to moving forward with any plan.

The Risk Assessment document is at the heart of our planning process and once complete informs other areas of provision planning including the use of any Audited Physical Intervention (PROACT-SCIPr-UK®) when supporting an individual who may display ‘challenging behaviour’.  To aid with this we incorporate Positive Behaviour Support Plans.  These plans are person centred in approach and consideration for the wellbeing of the individual is paramount throughout.  To support with our planning iMap is an active participant (focus group) with Skills for Care and their recently published document guiding the workforce to minimise the use of restrictive practices in social care and health, this is an on-going collaboration.

Ultimately the main aim of the Positive Behaviour Support Plan is to enable individuals to increase participation in all aspects of living, life and learning and supporting individuals to make positive choices and develop problem solving skills.

iMap Centre

What's next?

If you have any questions, or would like to have a free and confidential chat with us, please call us on 01829 741869 and ask to speak to Nicola Smith, or alternatively get in touch with us using our contact form.