The school has a well-equipped Physiotherapy Department and a team of physiotherapists who are passionate and dedicated. The well-trained therapists provide a nurturing and fun environment for the children, in order to improve their gross motor skills.
A neurodevelopmental therapy approach to treatment and management is followed. The objective is to maximise the child’s ability to function and participate in everyday life. Children undergo an initial assessment to determine if they would benefit from physiotherapy. Children with physical challenges are prioritised and individual or group therapy may be offered. The aims of physiotherapy may be to help them to gain their balance in sitting or standing, improving wheelchair mobility, assisting them to walk with crutches or a walker, or improving their gross motor planning and coordination skills. The aim is to improve their mobility and independence in everyday skills.
The Physiotherapists are part of the school multidisciplinary team and work closely with the Occupational, and Speech therapists as well as teachers and other members of the school team. They also refer to and work with other medical specialists at the learner’s local hospital or in private. Parents and caregivers are assisted in managing their child’s development by providing support and training. Progress is continually monitored and treatment is based on ongoing assessment and adapted to the child’s specific needs.