Roles and Responsibilities Overview of Educational Professionals in School

Overview of educational professionals in school
Visual Impairment (VI)
They register and assess people who have been identified as
having a significant sight loss. In addition, the Visual Impairment
Service offer advice, support and training in daily living,
independence and mobility. They also offer advice on a wide range
of equipment for people with visual impairment. They aim to support
people with poor sight to use their remaining vision and other
senses as effectively as possible. A functional assessment is made of the pupils needs and support is allocated accordingly. Support sessions, from teaching and learning assistants, can take place in the home, in the classroom or by withdrawing pupils to a quiet room to work on specific tasks. Other pupils may be monitored on a termly or yearly basis by a VI teacher. Through close liaison with teachers modified resources are provided in advance and specialised equipment is offered where appropriate.
Physiotherapist ensure that the children in their care get the best support to meet their physical needs, following programs to suit each individual child encouraging them to get the most out of their bodies with the use of various exercises including:-
• dry land physiotherapy,
• hydrotherapy,
• rebound therapy and
• group sessions,
depending on the individual needs of the child and family. Physiotherapists are also involved with the orthotics service at the school and the provision of equipment such as standing frames, leg splints and walkers working closely with the class teams and other therapies and services and may also see the child in their home setting and the Children’s Centre. They devise individual therapy programmes which aim to suit the child’s needs which may take place at school and/or at home. The programmes will be delivered by the physiotherapist, the support staff, the classroom staff and or the parent/carers. Typically this...