Provision for Children with Physical Disabilities and Medical Needs
At Oxclose Primary Academy we have a resourced provision for children with physical disabilities and/or medical needs. We believe in inclusion for all children and making appropriate adaptations to enable all children to reach their full potential.
Children within the provision access a number of additional opportunities and resources as part of this. This includes multi-sport sessions from the Foundation of Light, communication groups, lunchtime Boccia sessions and life skills.
Our school has a therapy room, which is used for physiotherapy, speech therapy sessions, one to one or group interventions, sensory activities and personal care. Some children also access hydrotherapy at Oxclose Community Academy, which is also part of the Discover Learning Trust.
Sensory Time and Therapy Room Activities
Why are life skills important?
As part of our SEND curriculum at Oxclose, we feel life skills are an essential part of our children’s provision. These practical skills are integral to promote and support the development of our children, enabling them to become independent, confident and have raised self-esteem.
We deliver well planned, individualised lessons to enable our children to access and experience real life situations. These skills will help them prepare and cope with their future lives outside of school.
Our lessons include, personal care, dressing, shopping, food preparation, cooking, baking and social sessions (games). All lessons are adapted to the needs of the individual children, including fine/gross motor skills, language development and social interaction.
Some of the children in our school access physiotherapy sessions. These sessions are, at times with physiotherapists, and otherwise are led by staff from school. We also access hydrotherapy at Oxclose Community Academy which the children love!
We run a weekly communication group within school, one aspect of this group is the use of Makaton.
Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate and is designed to support spoken language.
Makaton is a flexible programme and can be personalised to the child’s individual needs.
Here at Oxclose we have children with a variety of speech and language and hearing difficulties and use Makaton alongside spoken lanaguage to ensure communication for all. All children in the school know some Makaton and we include the signs within songs for whole school services.
We provide weekly sessions with a small group of children which concentrate on their specific individual language difficulties. Sessions are planned carefully and focus on new words, sentences, songs and games. The children are encouraged to share their new signs with their peers and with adults when communicating within school.