Physiotherapist use physical approaches to promote well-being in children who have physical problems with any movements.
Physiotherapists help our staff to carry out initial assessments and to modify programmes to take regard of children’s needs. Physiotherapist also train our staff to implement individual physiotherapy programmes and use specialised equipment such as hoist, wedges and standing frames.
Many of the children in our resource base have developmental or other physical difficulties and physiotherapy is normally an integral part of their individual education programmes (IEP’s), which are prepared by CST’s (Curriculum support teachers) in consultation with specialist staff and other teachers. The physio room is used in a variety of ways to support the different children’s needs.
Soft Play Room
The soft play area is wonderful for children who need opportunities to explore their physical capabilities or gain confidence in a safe environment. The children have the freedom to learn, in an enjoyable way, through climbing, rolling, jumping and sliding in a safe padded environment. Children have planned regular session usually with a friend or two.
Our sensory room has huge variety of devices and features to stimulate children’s visual, auditory, olfactory or tactile responses, with an enormous variety of possibilities. Children are able to control the environment by using switches that carers can also adapt to the children’s needs.
Session are planned and organised around the individual children’s needs. They are implemented by trained Nursery Nurses, Curriculum Support Teachers and Learning Support Assistants and often include a friend or children with a similar need.
The children and staff work together to explore colour, shapes, patterns and space using the equipment, music and lights. They carry out sorting and sequencing activities and to help practice tracking, location and movement exercises. Sessions are done with small groups or individuals. They develop their communication, interaction and physical skills.
Every week a group of children come together to create beautiful pictures and objects using a wide variety of artistic resources. This allows the children to practice and improve their fine motor skills as well as developing skills in communication, sharing, knowledge of colours and other key concepts, exploration of new textures and pride in their achievement. The work from these sessions is included in a permanent display in the school.
Small Activity Pool
This is used to help support children to develop their gross motor skills. Using the warm water to help support them and stimulate their muscles. The Swimming sessions also increase movement, life skills and social interaction.
Many of the children in our resource base have developmental or other physical needs aromatherapy stimulates the children’s muscles by massaging the children in a relaxed environment. Using a softly lit room with tranquil music and sweet smelling oils. Develops communication skills, sensory skills.
Movement and Play
A group of children meet weekly to learn how to move more freely and accurately using a range of the large, soft play equipment. Developing muscle tone.
Sign- Along is a system of simple signs using hands and facial expression which allows children with communication difficulties to express their needs as well as supporting many areas of learning and language development. It is learned through assemblies, class lessons and group sessions and is a fun activity with a positive purpose. All children and staff in the school learn to use signalong and this creates an inclusive environment where everybody is heard and can contribute to school life.
Messy play sessions happen weekly in school. The pupils explore a variety of different media and are free to make a mess! These sessions are particularly beneficial to pupils who are tactile defensive as they are encouraged to explore different textures in a way in which they feel comfortable. These sessions also promote communication and learning through play.
Life Skills Room
We have a fully equipped life skills flat. Pupils have learning opportunities outside the classroom where every pupil can learn about independent living skills.