The investment in a state of the art hydrotherapy pool with sensory lighting and sound system has ensured that St Rose’s and St Martin’s remains a centre of excellence for children and young adults with physical and/or learning disabilities. Aquatic therapy is led by the physiotherapy team who provide physiotherapy programmes, risk assessments, manual handling plans and training to other members of staff assisting in the delivery of this specialised service. The experienced physiotherapists have all had post graduate training in delivering neurological paediatric Aquatic therapy.
The pool has been designed to ensure the comfort, safety and dignity of each user. Students can enter the pool directly from the changing rooms using the overhead hoisting. The water is kept at approximately 33 degrees which enables students to relax and maintain their body temperature.
Students are able to change the multi-sensory lights by using floating switches giving them choices and control. There is also a jacuzzi providing a fun, stimulating element to a treatment session. The young people at St Rose’s and St Martin’s all benefit from regular timetabled sessions in the warm water. Parents are encouraged to come and watch a session, some choosing to come into the water to improve their confidence in handling their growing child in the water.
Benefits of Aquatic Therapy are vast and we find that students really enjoy their increased independence and freedom from equipment. Techniques employed vary but may include using the Halliwick Concept. Aquatic Therapy is delivered with a high ratio of student to staff to ensure that our complex students receive the best care and opportunities to maximise their potential for independence. Programmes are developed by the physiotherapy team to work alongside their land based goals.
The buoyancy of water supports weak muscles,
The warmth enhances flexibility and range of motion,
The fluidity of movement, warmth and support reduces muscle spasm and pain,
Helps with the re-education of balance, co-ordination core stability and posture
The properties of water increase the ease of handling for the therapist.
Freedom from aids, restrictive seating and independent movement
Aquatic therapy is a “therapy programme utilising the properties of water, designed by a suitably qualified physiotherapist specifically for an individual to improve function, carried out by appropriately trained personnel, ideally in a purpose built and suitably heated hydrotherapy pool” The Aquatic Therapy Association of Chartered Physiotherapists.
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.