Some students may need a specialist physiotherapy assessment. Recommendations and advice are given to embed strategies enabling promotion of functional independence throughout the day.
We encourage learners to take more responsibility for looking after their own bodies through exercise and physiotherapy both onsite and with support in the community. Physiotherapy includes:
• Support for moving and handling
• Managing posture and movement
• Optimising independence and functional movement
Speech and Language Therapy
The Speech and Language Therapy team at Derwen College work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to maximise staff’s knowledge and skills around communication and dysphagia.
This ensures therapy is embedded into the curriculum providing a total communication approach. Therapy will look different as students are given the opportunity to achieve their communication goals effectively in a real life learning environment.
A range of approaches and strategies are used in a personalised way to meet the needs of the students. This may include:
• Dysphagia assessments • The Listening Programme
• Makaton signs and symbols • AAC devices
• Communication passports • Staff training and support
The Speech and Language Therapy team follows the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy 5 Good Communication Standards as a guide for good practice. The College is a Makaton Centre of Excellence and has a network of qualified Makaton tutors across College.
Occupational Therapy aims to support students by helping them achieve independence in daily activities. They work collaboratively with staff to implement and embed strategies based on a student’s individual needs.
Areas of focus may include:
• Personal care
• Domestic skills and meal preparation
• Workplace assessments
• Environmental adaptations
• Sensory strategies
• Aids and equipment