At Treloar’s, there is a large on-site Physiotherapy Team who help to promote an environment of physical well-being.
Every student has a named specialist physiotherapist who is responsible for the physical management and exercise needs of the students. They will complete a baseline physiotherapy assessment soon after they arrive which forms the basis of the mobility and postural management programmes for the student whilst they are in the School or College. These programmes are tailored to the individual and are integrated into all areas of the curriculum.
Each programme is created with input from the particular student and their physiotherapy will involve teaching, residential support staff, and where appropriate their family. Having the Physiotherapy Team on-site allows this input to be proactive, ongoing and reactive as required, and they are happy to advise and support parents. Our Physiotherapy Team is also on call 24 hours weekdays and at weekends during term time for respiratory emergencies.
Physiotherapy includes exercises, stretches, respiratory treatment and support, pain relief and postural management. It may take place individually or in groups and is integrated into the classrooms and residential houses. Students may also have physiotherapy in the on-site hydrotherapy pool or swimming pool which is above average temperature.
Each student’s progress is monitored in conjunction with their multi-disciplinary team and targets are set individually to work on a specific area of needs. Maximum input is encouraged by the students to help them fulfil their physical and functional potential. It is the ethos of Treloar’s that students’ physical needs are fully integrated within the students waking day curriculum.
When students leave Treloar’s, they should have the confidence to live in an environment where physiotherapy is not routinely available and be able to develop or take part in an exercise programme that they can maintain on their own.
The student’s physiotherapy programme may include any of the following if appropriate to their physical needs:
- Standing and postural management programmes
- Mobility programmes including walking, triking and wheelchair mobility
- Hydrotherapy programmes
- Use of on-site multi gym
- Use of bespoke rebound therapy facilities
- Assessment and management of orthotic needs
- Liaison with outside professionals, including other therapists, wheelchair services and consultants
- Respiratory management prophylactic and or reactive
- Support for students on return to school following surgery or botulinum toxin injections
- Involvement in the delivery of the curriculum, including personal and physical development, sensory, and enrichment sessions
- On-site seating and wheelchair clinics
- Advice on equipment provision