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Spina Bifida resources

Do you have any resources to help us support a young person with Spina Bifida in a Mainstream secondary school?

It may be helpful to consider the needs of the young person in two parts. specific physical needs and specific learning needs. 
 
We have some concise information here on the website https://www.wellatschool.org/spina-bifida
 
The Shine Charity have some good resources that you may find helpful in terms of information about the condition and impact it can have on a child or young person. https://www.shinecharity.org.uk/spina-bifida/spina-bifida
 
For more detailed information and practical suggestions for education you may find this page helpful: https://www.shinecharity.org.uk/what-to-expect/behaviour
 
We always stress that every child and young person is different, and their needs will be unique to them. The best place to start is by talking to the student and their family to see how their disability impacts on them and their aspirations. 
Together with medical input draw up an Individual Healthcare plan that gives clear information on the condition, how it should be managed in school and what to do in an emergency. https://www.wellatschool.org/resources/individual-healthcare-plan
 
 
It's also helpful to liaise with the student's previous school to find out what strategies were helpful and importantly, what wasn't! 
 
Some LA's will have a specialist PD advisory teacher or an occupational therapist that can help with undertaking assessments of the physical environment so you can draw up a plan if needed. 
 
Another source of support depending on the students' needs may be a local special school that supports children with physical and learning needs. They may be able to advise on equipment should adaptations need to be made. 
 
We hope that the young person has a happy and successful time at your school.

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