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Wednesday 20 March 2019
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Information for School Staff

Supporting a child or young person who can only use one arm or one hand

There is a great deal that you can do in your class to support a child who can only use one hand or has hemiplegia. Consideration about what activities will be beneficial, how much encouragement to give about using both hands and much more can be found in the section on Children with Hemiplegia.

For more information go to the Hemi-Help website.

Play and Positioning

For children who have physical and developmental difficulties, play can be challenging due to movement limitations. Learning how to position your child will help your child considerably, and enable them to have as much control as possible over their movement. Children learn so many skills through play and exploring their world.

24 Hour Postural Care

Everyone who spends time with a child who has a physical disability will be involved in their postural care. This obviously includes parents and carers, school staff and support workers, multi-disciplinary team as well as the child themselves.

Ensuring good posture throughout the day and night makes an enormous difference for the child. Good postural care reduces the chances of their body shape altering and deformities occuring. Maintaining symmetry and good posture helps with mobility, but also with comfort.

Your occupational therapist and physiotherapist will advise you if equipment is required to help the child or young person. This may include special seating, standing frames, sleeping systems for night-time and wheelchairs.

Privacy and Dignity

All children and young people deserve to be treated with privacy and dignity. If a physical disability means that personal care needs to be provided by a carer, many issues are raised about how to preserve dignity, how to ensure that the carer does not take over, and how to ensure that the person receives appropriate privacy.