Therapy Services

Penn Hall School has on-site support from Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, the School Nursing Team as well as Music Therapy. 

The school is also well supported by Educational Welfare Officers and staff from the Educational Psychological Service.​​

At Penn Hall School the physiotherapists are part of an NHS Community Team from The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals Trust, based at the Gem Centre. The team includes several qualified and assistant staff. Members of the team are available every day to support the children’s Physiotherapy needs.​

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If a child has any physiotherapy needs they will be assigned to a physiotherapist who will carry out an assessment and then set up relevant programmes and organise appropriate equipment​

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Children’s physiotherapists are experts in the assessment and treatment of paediatric conditions and they have attended postgraduate training courses in specific areas of interest within this field. Physiotherapists also work closely with consultants, occupational therapists, nurses, speech and language therapists, wheelchair services and many other medical professionals.​

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Physiotherapists can be contacted at Penn Hall School or at the Gem Centre and are always happy to offer advice and assistance where appropriate.

Occupational Therapy (OT) aims to develop a child’s or young person’s ability to carry out daily living activities, thereby promoting independence and quality of life.​

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The Occupational Therapist at Penn Hall is a member of a community based team (Wolverhampton City NHS Primary Care Trust) who works alongside Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Therapists, nurses and school staff. The overall goal of OT is to help maximise motor and perceptual abilities and to develop as much independence as possible in activities of daily living. Special equipment may be recommended where appropriate.​

The OT works in the following areas:​

  • seating and positioning including access to ICT​

  • self help skills such as feeding and drinking, toileting, dressing and life skills

  • play and perceptual skills

  • fine motor skills

  • groups based on the principles of sensory integration theory

  • 'Cool Kidz' sessions​

  • Good liaison is maintained with the Paediatric Occupational Therapist at the Independant Living Service (ILS) in Wolverhampton regarding equipment in the home and also with OTs working in neighbouring areas.

The Speech and Language Therapists (SALT) support and facilitate children who need help in the following areas:​

  • understanding

  • being understood by others

  • forming sentences

  • communicating in different ways e.g. using signs or symbols

  • learning to use a communication aid effectively

  • developing social skills

  • eating and drinking

 

The work of the SALT team may also include:

  • giving advice to staff and parents

  • providing written reports

  • offering advice on the most appropriate communication for children

  • working with teachers to facilitate opportunities for communication

  • liaising with professionals at meetings and case conferences

  • providing communication aims and guidelines

  • organising group or individual activities to be supported at home and school

The School Nursing team support and facilitate students with health needs within the school environment.​

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The team is a member of the Community Children’s Nursing Service funded by Wolverhampton City Primary Care Trust. The team works closely with school staff, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists and occupational therapists.​

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The school nursing team works in the following areas:​

  • giving prescribed medication to students in school

  • giving specialist feeds (gastrostomy and nasogastric) to students

  • supporting school staff in a health education and advisory capacity

  • working with the PSHE staff

  • supporting students and staff in the event of accidents and illness in school

  • supporting school staff and students on trips and out of school residential trips​

  • working closely and sharing information with the palliative care nurse who is involved with students in the school

  • supporting the residential staff to meet the health needs of children in residence

  • organising and running medical, orthopaedic, audiology and ophthalmology clinics in school

  • We are a link between parents, students and other multidisciplinary professionals. A link is also maintained with the Community Children’s Nursing Service in order to maintain contact with students and meet their health needs outside school hours and during the school holidays

Music therapy provides children with opportunities to express themselves and to develop their communication and interaction skills. Sessions encourage concentration and engagement and promote confidence and well-being through the medium of music.​

At Penn Hall School children are able to access music therapy with a trained professional who is registered with the HCPC and BAMT. Children receive music therapy on a 1-1 individual basis or as part of a small group and are referred by teachers at the school. There is no age range for receiving music therapy and children from all departments of the school can participate. ​

Sessions take part weekly, and children are continually assessed and monitored. Through initial assessment children are given specific aims for their therapy and sessions are then catered to work towards these aims. Progress of the children is continually noted and aims are reviewed on a termly basis. ​

Each child will also receive a yearly report detailing their progress and an end of therapy report when they stop. ​

From time to time sessions may be recorded and consent is granted for this before a child’s therapy begins.​

Penn Hall School, Vicarage Road, Wolverhampton, WV4 5HP

 

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