Gemma is a delightful 11 year old girl who likes to be busy and loves to help others. Gemma started at St Rose’s in Nursery. She has a genetic condition and cerebral palsy, which affects her mobility, learning and communication. She really enjoys being at school, learning and developing her independence in many ways. She uses a powered wheelchair, which she can drive herself.
With support from our occupational therapists and physiotherapists Gemma’s individual programme includes weekly hydrotherapy sessions and using a standing frame every day which has many benefits, including helping to prevent problems developing with her hip joints and muscle shortening. She also wears hand splints to support her wrists in a better position, which help her to use her hands in a more functional way.
Gemma uses a Vantage Lite symbol-based communication device which has a voice output to support her daily communications and learning. As part of developing her independence and preparing her for the future, she has taken on responsibility for delivering messages within school. Gemma particularly likes practical lessons. She takes part in cookery lessons with enthusiasm, as well as music and singing.
Gemma enjoys extra-curricular and social activities and is a member of St Rose’s Scout group. She enjoys joining in – whether it’s going carol singing, or taking part in our sports day and has helped raise money for other charities, such as Race for Life.
St Rose’s aims to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that offers stimulating opportunities appropriate to the needs of our students.
A team of experienced therapists are employed directly by the school to work alongside education and care staff. Collaborative therapy and sharing that knowledge is integral to the work of our school.
When a child or young person is happy, they have the best chance of progressing and achieving their goals. Ensuring that your child’s emotional needs are met is as important as their physical requirements.