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Stephen Hawking School

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Multi-Professional Support

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The School Nursing Team

The special school nurses are part of the Children's Community Nursing Team. We provide skilled, high quality and comprehensive nursing support for the children at the school. In addition, we also provide support and advice to parents, carers and school staff.

Occupational Therapy

The Children’s Occupational Therapy service at Stephen Hawking School  aims to work with children, their parents, carers, and  school staff to support children to develop their play, self-care and learning skills on request.
 
To achieve this, Occupational Therapists will assess and offer advice, support, practical strategies, equipment and  minor adaptations to enable children to participate and develop the functional skills they require for everyday living.
 
Where required, we support families to  signpost or find solutions to reduce the moving and handling risks in the home environment. This is done in close working relationship with social care occupational therapy colleagues to make caring for your child easier.
 
We work collaboratively with other therapists, teachers, nurses, doctors, social care and behaviour support services to establish joint working and, wherever possible, joint therapy goals .

Speech and Language Therapy

The speech and language therapy team at Stephen Hawking School aims to work closely with parents/carers and school staff to build upon each child’s communication strengths and to foster independence.
 
To achieve this, speech and language therapy will focus on supporting the communication environment and ensuring there are opportunities to communicate at home and within the classroom. The speech and language therapist will work with the family and class teacher to set and review communication targets and model strategies.
 
The speech and language therapy team works closely with the school staff, family, dietitian and occupational therapist to assess, treat and manage children who present with eating and drinking difficulties. 
 
Training and workshops are regularly offered to both school staff and families.
 
The speech and language therapist works closely with families and education , health and social care teams to ensure children, young people and families are at the very centre of the assessment and planning process.

Physiotherapy

The children’s physiotherapy service aims to work in partnership with the school staff, our colleagues in speech and language therapy and occupational therapy to provide a comprehensive range of services to children in the school.

Each child is individually assessed to determine how physiotherapy may benefit them and appropriate goals are discussed with parents. Input from physiotherapy may include:

  • individualised exercise programmes for parents and / or school staff to carry out with children;
  • providing advice to teachers on how PE sessions can be adapted for children in their class;
  • provision of equipment and advice for postural management;
  • individual treatment blocks;
  • hydrotherapy.

We also organise regular school based clinics for children who require specialist footwear, orthotics and lycra suits.