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D Fairey

Physiotherapist                                      O Murray                    OT/PT Assistant


A Morrison-Smith

Physiotherapist                                      S Rivas-Alonso            OT/PT Assistant


B Faul

Physiotherapist                                      M Day                          OT/PT Assistant


L Salters-Brown

Occupational Therapist


C O'Connell

Occupational Therapsit


Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust

Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy at Lonsdale School

What is Physiotherapy (PT)? 

Physiotherapists work with children who have difficulties in movement for a variety of reasons.  We work with the child and their parents / carers, to help them develop to their maximum potential.

The Physiotherapist will assess the child’s abilities in the following areas:

  • Gross motor function
  • Posture
  • Range of movement

This may lead to an exercise programme to improve; balance, coordination and general mobility.

We will advise on provision of special equipment such as boots, splints, walking aids and standing frames.  We promote 24 hour postural management.

What is Occupational Therapy (OT)? 

A children’s Occupational Therapist helps a child who has a disability or additional needs to be as independent as possible at school, nursery and /or home by working with the child and their family.

This may be by looking at new ways of doing activities, providing specialist equipment and/or adapting the home.

How do we work? 

The PT and OT at Lonsdale School is provided by Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust.  We are based at the Child Development Centre in Stevenage and provide a service into Lonsdale School.

Our aims are to offer advice and support:

  • To enable the child to access the school curriculum using appropriate equipment and functional skills
  • To assist and support parents / carers and school to meet the 24 hour needs of their child through appropriate management and liaison with local services
  • Empower children and parents / carers to take responsibility for their own needs

When will Occupational Therapy / Physiotherapy begin? 

Children will receive PT/OT at school, if appropriate, once attending full time.  Children should continue to receive support from their local service until they attend school full time.

Equipment needs within school for children attending part time will be dealt with in liaison with local PT/OT services.  Demands for therapy services across the county are very high.  We will endeavour to see your child as soon as possible, however services provided will be subject to staff and resources available.

How will parents / carers be involved? 

  • Therapy is delivered in collaboration with parents / carers to provide a client centred service
  • Home programmes may be provided to help meet the child’s needs and develop their functional potential
  • Parents / carers will be invited to attend PT/OT Therapy reviews twice a year
  • PT/OT’s rely on parents / carers to keep us informed of any equipment changes, or appointments with other services that may require review by the therapist.

What happens at school? 

At Lonsdale we support a 24 hour postural management approach which encompasses the following:

  • Assessment and provision of specialist standing, walking and orthotics
  • Advice and support with P.E., swimming and classroom activities supported by a written physical management programme in every class
  • Liaison with Hertfordshire Wheelchair Services as well as assessment for class seating, toileting equipment and night time positioning
  • Mobility – in terms of wheelchair mobility.  Liaison with local wheelchair services regarding the provision of a suitable wheelchair, either manual or powered
  • Functional Abilities – such as the assessment of feeding using specialised feeding equipment and accessing the curriculum (in liaison with school staff) using switching technology and upper limb splint provision

Children will be seen for regular therapy combined with home and school management programmes, following botulinum Toxin injections or surgery, or as part of their early years intervention.

How long will the service work with my child? 

Your child will be discharged once their therapy needs are embedded within the school day, including residential stays, and/or they no longer have any therapy needs.

If the situation changes, your child can be referred back to the service at any time.

Comments or complaints 

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust offer high quality services and aim to be as helpful as possible.  If however you are dissatisfied by our service then we would like to know so that we can make improvements.

Please contact either:

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)
Tel:  0800 011 6113
10:00am to 2:00pm, Monday to Friday
Messages can be left outside these hours
Patient Experience Team
Tel:  01707 388036
9:30am to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday
Messages can be left outside these hours

For all enquiries outside of term time please contact:

Children’s Therapy Service
Danestrete Child Development Centre
SG1  1HB

Tel:  01438 737782
Fax:  01438 737799