Physiotherapists work with families, teachers, and teacher aides to develop independent, functional movement for each student, and to preserve their health through activity and participation in the school community.
They focus on mobility, balance, strength, range of movement, posture, coordination, fitness, breathing/respiration and ability to access the environment.
Therapy includes approaches such as Bobath, MOVE (Mobility Opportunities via Education) programme and the Sherborne Developmental Movement Programme.
Physiotherapists are available to support students and their families at orthotic & orthopaedic appointments. The physiotherapists also support students in finding suitable access & mobility equipment.
At Parkside, Occupational Therapists works to ensure that each student can participate in the full scope of school activities – from paying attention in class; holding a pencil or musical instrument, managing their sensory needs; being independent with their self-cares; or being a friend. OT’s evaluate each student’s performance to find strategies for success for them. They look at the whole child, helping students find ways to do the things they need and want to do.
In addition, the Occupational Therapists support Teachers within the classroom to provide an optimum learning environment.
The Speech-Language Therapists are involved in assessing and providing therapy for children with communication and eating difficulties.
This includes support for those students who have difficulty using words to talk, who have problems understanding what is said and/or who have difficulty producing speech sounds.
Our Speech-Language Therapists are familiar with and use Intensive Interaction, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Augmentative &/or Alternative Communication Systems (AAC) and language and speech therapy.