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Physiotherapy

The physiotherapy provision at Exeter Deaf Academy currently consists of one day per week from the Physiotherapist, and two days per week from the Physiotherapy Assistant.

Referral to the physiotherapist can be made through the school (via Susan Spiers - Therapies and Partners Co-ordinator) or by doctors or the school staff or self referral by students.

Parents can raise concerns directly by contacting Susan Spiers or by contacting Lyn Shaw (Physiotherapy Assistant) at school.

The physiotherapy team work in collaboration with parents, academy staff and students to work on physical development to enable students to participate fully in school life. Where necessary we liaise with other health professionals including paediatricians, orthotists, orthopaedic surgeons, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists.

Physiotherapy input involves an initial assessment and where appropriate follow up interventions such as advice, recommendations about physical activity, an individual exercise program which can be for completion at home or during school, rebound therapy or hydrotherapy. We can also make onward referrals to services like orthotics. We can contribute to advice on seating, mobility aids and other specialist equipment.

A physiotherapist is in school 1 day a week during term time, and the physiotherapy assistant is in 2 days a week during term time.