Our physiotherapy department is made up of Physiotherapist Gemma Brandon, and our Physiotherapy Assistant Lyn Shaw.
Gemma and Lyn work in collaboration with parents, Academy staff and students to assess and improve our students’ physical development and enable them to participate fully in school life. Where necessary, they liaise with other health professionals including paediatricians, orthotists, orthopaedic surgeons, occupational therapists, and speech and language therapists.
Physiotherapy input involves an initial assessment and, where appropriate, follow up interventions such as advice, recommendations about physical activity, an individual exercise program which can be for completion at home or during school, rebound therapy or hydrotherapy. We can also make onward referrals to services like orthotics. We can contribute to advice on seating, mobility aids and other specialist equipment.
Referral to the physiotherapist can be made through Susan Spiers, our Therapies and Partners Co-ordinator or by doctors, the school staff, or self-referral by students.