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.
- to reach developmental or academic milestones;
- to develop transferable skills for learning;
- improve understanding and experience of social interaction;
- promote independence and support functional, cognitive and emotional difficulties.
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;
We also organise regular school based clinics for children who require specialist footwear, orthotics and lycra suits.
Speech and Language Therapy
SUPPORT FOR SENSORY IMPAIRMENT
Specialist teachers, from the borough’s Sensory Support Service, work in close partnership with parents/carers and school staff to help ensure each individual child’s hearing or vision support needs are known about and provided for in school.
The specialist Qualified Teacher for Visual Impairment (QTVI) and the Qualified Teacher of the Deaf (QToD), support a seamless flow of information about vision or hearing needs. They will interpret assessments from hospital clinics to ensure the school staff have the advice and support they need to help compliment their day to day work with individual children in school. The QTVI and QToD will also assess and provide feedback to hospital clinicians and specialist doctors on how each child is using their residual hearing or vision to assist medical input to be adjusted according to child needs in school.
The QTVI and QToD work alongside school staff to:
· Provide in class support, to observe and help assess how a child might be developing their use of residual hearing or vision and how this can help compliment any assessment of overall progress.
· Offer training on child needs including best use of bespoke amplification (hearing) and visual support aids in school.
· Present suggestions related to strategies, targets, and resources to help promote child progress and wellbeing in relation to hearing and visual needs.
We work very closely with many different health service providers and can help facilitate occasional clinical outreach visits to school, for example, audiology visits for routine procedures like ear mould impressions.