Children with physical disabilities
Some young people with physical disabilities (including cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy) have on-going occupational therapy needs and are monitored by an occupational therapist on a 6-12 monthly basis (or more frequently if required). Many will have been referred to us by the Specialist Assessment Service
We work closely with colleagues in the Specialist Inclusion Support Service physical impairment team to support young people with physical disabilities in mainstream schools, recommending adaptations and adjustments to ensure young people are able to safely access their school environments.
As part of our role, we might also recommend specialist seating for school and/or home to make it easier for the young person to write/draw, listen, interact with friends and eat/drink. Note that we do not have funding to provide specialist seating, but will provide a letter to schools/social services explaining the cost and benefits of the chair for the individual. Once equipment has been provided, the occupational therapist will ensure this is set up for the young person and will provide training/support to ensure it is used safely.